Waheeda Rehman

- Vikram Chandiramani 

Guru Dutt first spotted this dancer from Hyderabad in Telegu films. He signed her as a vamp in 'CID' in 1956. In her next film, 'Pyaasa' in 1957, she made a tremendous impact in the role of a sympathetic prostitute. The film won stardom for Waheeda Rehman. Around the same time, Guru Dutt and Waheeda felt passionately in love.

After Dutt's 'Kaagaz ke Phool', starring Waheeda Rehman, the duo's relationship took a bizarre turn. As in the film, Waheeda's success in other films and Dutt's married status, split the team apart professionally and personally. However, Waheeda busied herself with new outside ventures. Soon after her break-up, she began work with Satyajit Ray in `Abhijaan` and after Hemant Kumar's 'Bees Saal Baad' in 1962, she was accepted as a commercial actress too.In the daring role of an ambitious dancer, Rosy in 'Guide', Waheeda reached the pinnacle of success.  

Unfortunately, luck did not favour her and even her hits like 'Ram Aur Shyam' and 'Neel Kamal' did not demand much talent, while her intense performances in films like 'Teesri Kasam' in 1966, 'Khamoshi' in 1970 and 'Reshma Aur Shera' in 1971, went unappreciated due to the films' faliure.

In 1974, she married Kamaljeet, a Hindu businessman who had earlier acted in a few films in the 60s. Waheeda then retired to Bangalore, marketing her own brand of breakfast cereal and leading a contented life at her farmhouse while also making an occassional appearances in films. Over the years she has done a mixed bag of films like Yash Chopra's 'Lamhe' and Anupam Kher's 'Om Jai Jagdish'

Waheeda Rehman last made an impact in 'Rang De Basanti' one of the major successes of 2006 in which she played mother.