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Waheeda Rehman donates personal film memorabilia to Film Heritage Foundation for preservation
Waheeda Rehman
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Waheeda Rehman donates personal film memorabilia to Film Heritage Foundation for preservation

| @indiablooms | 16 Mar 2024, 06:25 pm

Mumbai/IBNS: Bollywood veteran Waheeda Rehman, a Dadasaheb Phalke awardee, has donated her personal film memorabilia to Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) for preservation.

The acting legend, who has worked with some of the greatest filmmakers like Satyajit Ray, Guru Dutt, invited the FHF archivists at her place and donated some of the memorabilia to them.

Among the items which she donated were the "saree (that) she wore to the C.I.D. premiere, her photo albums and photographs and lobby cards from milestone films like Kaagaz Ke Phool, Chaudvin Ka Chand, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, C.I.D., Bees Saal Baad and Baat Ek Raat Ki".

An excerpt of a long Facebook post by FHF reads, "It is a true honour and privilege for us that she has chosen Film Heritage Foundation as the custodians of her personal collection to be preserved for posterity.

"FHF would also like to thank her children, Sohail Rekhi and Kashvi Rekhi, for supporting and enabling the donation."

"These are my important memorabilia. People who have interests in films, keen to know how films were earlier made, they can visit Film Heritage Foundation and see these items," says Rehman.

From playing a street sex worker in Pyaasa to the rebellious Rosie in Vijay Anand's Guide, Waheeda Rehman, who was honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award (India's highest award in the field of cinema) last year, had essayed roles which were unconventional and ahead of her time.

Rehman, 85, worked mainly in Hindi films, but began her acting journey way back in 1955 with Telugu film Rojulu Marayi.

Acclaimed for her roles in iconic films like Guide and Reshma Aur Shera, Waheeda Rehman is set to receive this prestigious accolade.

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Waheeda Rehman's portrayal of unconventionally bold and beautiful Rosie (who abandons her uncaring archeologist husband to live together with tour guide Dev Anand) in Guide and her mesmerizing snake charmer dance elevated the film to new heights in Hindi cinema.

Her performance in the storyline ahead of its time in Hindi cinema, not only showcased her exceptional talent but also emphasised the profound socio-psychological role that dance played in her character's journey. Guide marked a milestone in Indian mainstream cinema, setting a standard of aesthetic excellence in dance.

She is best known for her Hindi films like Pyaasa, Kaagaz ke Phool, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, all of which were directed by Guru Dutt.

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