Friday, May 14, 2010

In History: Waheeda Rehman

This is the 25th post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.

Waheeda Rehman was born on this day, May 14, in 1936 in Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India. She was a prominent Bollywood star in the 1950s and 1960s, and she continues working today. She is trained in Bharatnatyam, a classic Indian dance. Over the course of her career, she has won a number of awards: National Film Award for Best Actress for "Reshma Aur Shera" in 1971; Filmfare Best Actress Award for "Guide" in 1965; Filmfare Best Actress Award for "Neel Kamal" in 1968; Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994; NTR National Award for 2006; and Padmashri in 1972. I particularly like this quote of hers: ""When I entered the field, the industry had already gained respectability. I was lucky to have been given the opportunity to build up an image of 'dignity'. It is up to the star to make what she will of her image. In an industry where it's all show, naturally you can not give an inch without their extracting a yard."



You can read more about Rehman's films here, and a 2009 story about her here and interview with her here. Rehman was also featured on the April 2010 cover of Filmfare.

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