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Waheeda Rehman awarded Film Personality of the Year at IFFI

November 22, 2013 4:54:50 PM IST
updated May 31, 2014 9:58:12 AM IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman became the first Indian actress to win the prestigious inaugural Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Glamsham .Com congratulates for her grand achievement.


Chaudahavin Ka Chaand Ho, Ya Aafataab Ho
Jo Bhi Ho Tum, Khuda Ki Qasam, Laajavaab Ho

This lyric beautifully captures the beauty of Waheeda Rehman, whom Amitabh Bachchan too regards as the most beautiful women. Can readers believe that Waheeda Rehman, was born and brought up in Andhra Pradesh, and is a Telugu Muslim because her northern features and chaste Urdu diction belie this.
Slim and trim, she is a total contrast to the traditional voluptuous South Indian actresses like Vyjayanthimala, Padmini Kolhapure, Rekha and Sridevi to name some. Waheeda began her film career with a Telugu film. It was one of her dance sequences in a Telugu movie ROJULU MARAYI (1955) that caught the attention of genius film legend Guru Dutt. He was so mesmerized by her dance and beauty that he sent his assistants down South, who, within a week, hunted out the newcomer.

Interestingly, in his autobiographical film KAGAZ KE PHOOL, which depicted their off-screen love story, Guru Dutt, had incorporated a scene showing how he had discovered Waheeda. If one observes the movie carefully, one can spot the scene where the hero (Guru Dutt), playing a film director, shows a film clipping to his assistant and then points to one particular girl, and instructs him to find her.
Though Guru Dutt introduced Waheeda to Hindi films, it was Raj Khosla who first directed her in CID under Guru Dutt's banner. Later, she acted in almost all of Guru Dutt's films, including CHAUDAVI KA CHAND, where lyricist Shakeel Badayuni got an opportunity to write a song complimenting her beauty. What's interesting is that Shakeel Sahab cleverly referred to her origin by using metaphors Chand (indirectly referring to her South Indian origin) and Aftaab (indirectly referring to North) in the song 'Chaudhavi ka chand ho, ya aftaab ho...' Further, to undo the debate, he smartly climaxed with the words 'Jo bhi ho tum Khuda ki kasam lajwaab ho.. .' (No matter where you hail from, you are beyond compare).



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