Waheeda Rehman was born on 3 February 1938 to Mohammed Abdur Rehman and Mumtaz Begum in Tamil Nadu. She was schooled in St. Joseph’s Convent in Vishakapatnam. She abandoned her dreams of becoming a doctor due to poor financial condition of her family and joined film industry.
Waheeda Rehman debuted in the Telugu films Rojulu Marayi (1955), Jayasimha (1955), and Tamil film Kaalam Maari Pochu (1955). She then made her Bollywood debut in Guru Dutt’s CID (1956). Subsequently, she collaborated with him for films like Pyaasa (1957), Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962). She then went on to deliver successful hits with Dev Anand in films like Kala Bazar (1960), Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962) and Guide (1965). She later appeared in box office hits like Dil Diyaa Dard Liyaa in 1966, Ram Aur Shyam in 1967, Aadmi in 1968 and Teesri Kasam in 1966.
Waheeda Rehman is the recipient of Filmfare awards including Filmfare Best Actress Award for Guide in 1966 and for Neel Kamal in 1968. She was honored with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 and Padma Bhushan in 2011. She won National Film Award for Best Actress for Reshma Aur Shera in 1971, NTR National Award in 2006 and Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards, Best Actress (Hindi) for Teesri Kasam in 1967.
Some of her notable films include:
- Pyaasa (1957)
- Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962)
- Neel Kamal (1968)
- Khamoshi (1969)
- Guide (1966)
Waheeda Rehman was rumoured to have been romantically involved with Guru Dutt, but they broke up later. Waheeda Rehman got married to actor Shashi Rekhi on April of 1974. She has two children: Sohail Rekhi and Kashvi Rekhi. On 21 November 2000, her husband passed away after a prolonged illness. Waheeda Rehman is an ambassador for Rang De, which works to fight against poverty in India.