Waheeda Rehman Expressed Her Appreciation of the Modern Bollywood Actresses

Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman has been known for her grace, her serene beauty and outstanding acting skills in Bollywood. Some of her more famous works include ‘Kagaz Ke Phool’, ‘Guide’, ‘Chaudhvin Ka Chand’, ‘Teesri Kasam’ and ‘Mujhe Jeene Do’. Talking about the Bollywood actresses of today in a recent curtain raiser, Rehman said that she thinks the actors of today are highly talented. She admired Kareena Kapoor and Vidya Balan from the present crop.

"Today actors of this generation are very much talented and hard working. I like Vidya Balan, Kareena Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Kangana Ranuat... they are very good," said Waheeda.

When asked about her favorite Bollywood actress among the current ones, Waheeda said, “I’ll say Vidya Balan. I also used to choose different movies. I never stuck to ‘one good girl in love’ (kind of role) and Vidya does the same thing.” Waheeda further said, “I had the guts to do ‘Guide’. At that time, they told me not to do it because it was a vamp’s role. I did ‘Mujhe Jeene Do’ and ‘Teesri Kasam. I wanted to take a chance and even Vidya is doing that now.” Vidya has won widespread appreciation for the vast variety of roles that she has performed. Her diverse performance in Kahaani, The Dirty Picture and No one killed Jessica has been excellent showcase for her prodigious acting talent.

Waheeda was last seen in Delhi 6 in 2009, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Talking about why she had not taken up any roles after that, Waheeda said, “The role should excite me. It must contribute to the movie…not just like standing there. That’s not exciting. What kind of role is difficult to say. Even if it is an elderly role, it must contribute. I don’t want to be there for the sake of being there.” 

The curtain raiser where the veteran actress voiced her admiration for the Bollywood actresses of today showcased the coveted Wall of Fame. This will have hand prints of the leading film personalities of Indian and South African film and television industry. The event was kicked off with taking the handprints of Waheeda Rehman.  "It is a nice initiative," she said. The event is to be showcased in Durban.

The actress thinks that as the number of award ceremonies has increased, the craze and curiosity surrounding awards have diminished.