Waheeda Rehman is elegance personified. We are yet to find an actress who is more graceful, elegant and poised than Waheeda Rehman. Veteran Bollywood actor who has been enthralling us with her acting, dancing and graceful presence celebrates her 79th birthday today. She has been mesmerizing us right since her debut in CID (1956) opposite Dev Anand to the recent Dilli 6 (2009) with Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor. She can be seen in a string of advertisements too for a popular chocolate brand. Waheeda Rehman was born in Chengalpattu (Tamil Nadu) in 1938. She has worked in several critically acclaimed movies in numerous languages like Bengali, Tamil and Hindi. Some of her most appreciated and acclaimed works have been with the late producer, actor, director Guru Dutt. Her movies with him have stood the test of time and are still relevant today. The most popular movies in which Waheeda Rehman acted were CID (1956), Guide (1965), Pyaasa (1957), Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Reshma Aur Shera (1971). She also had the opportunity of acting in a Satyajit ray film Abhijan (1962).

Waheeda Rehman is an accomplished dancer and she learnt Bharatnatyam at an early age in Chennai and was a performer on stage. She was spotted and a dance number was offered in a Tamil film. The dance in Rojulu Marayi which Waheeda Rehman performed became the highlight of the film. During promotions when she came to Hyderabad to promote the film she was spotted by Guru Dutt who paved her way into Bollywood and signed her for a 3 film contract. Waheed Rehman’s first movie was opposite Dev Anand and she subsequently followed it up with hits like Chaudhvin Ka Chand and Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam. Today on her birthday we leave you with golden melodies from her films.

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