Those were the days when Bollywood actresses used to sign only love stories or family dramas. They even used to dissuade others who opted to play a grey role. This happened with actress Waheeda Rehman too. Despite her colleagues' warning call, the yesteryear star took the challenge of portraying a rebellious woman in 1965 film Guide, which became a big success at the Box Office.
In a recent interview with PTI, Waheeda Rehman spoke about her journey in the Hindi film industry. The actress said, "When I signed Guide, my colleagues in the industry said that I was doing a big mistake. They even said that this might be my last film because that was the phase when actresses in the industry were portrayed as submissive women. We used to do love stories or family dramas where women were ideal in every role."
Waheeda Rehman added, "But luckily, I had an open mind and took the project because it was a film and not real life. My character was an inspiration for me. When the film became a hit and everyone found my character interesting, I remember those same colleagues sent me telegrams appreciating my performance."
However, Waheeda Rehman entered Bollywood with Guru Dutt's 1956 crime thriller CID starring Dev Anand. Later, she starred in many hit films like Pyaasa and Kaagaz Ke Phool. The actress further said, "Call it my good luck or my open-minded nature; I never felt that I was overshadowed by my co-stars. I worked with actors like Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor but my character was equally highlighted."