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Sunday, September 8, 2013
Wahida Rehman said she lamented the fact of not acting opposite superstar Uttam Kumar.
Recently Wahida Rehman gave an interview in Anandabazar Patrika. Different types of questions were asked about her career. She said that it was her ill-luck that she never got an opportunity to act opposite superstar Uttam Kumar.
She said Guru Dutt and Vijay Anand were her favourite directors. When she acted in the film Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam in 1962, she asked Guru Dutt to create a situation where she could have any dialogue opposite legendary actress Meena Kumari. But the story and the script was given importance by Guru Dutt, and the novel of Bimal Mitra did not give any scope of Wahida Rehman interacting with Meena Kumari in the film Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam.
When she was asked the question who was the best dancer of her time, she said Vaijayantimala. She also said that after the film Guide she did not get much scope of showing her dancing skills although she learned classical dance. She also mentioned of her great experience of working with Dilip Kumar in Ram Aur Shyam, Dil Diya Dard Liya and Raj Kapoor in Teesri Kasam.
She also said that when the question came about making the hindi version of Bengali classic film Deep Jele Jai, she recommended the name of Rajesh Khanna to play the role which was played by Basanta Choudhury in the Bengali film. She played the role of Suchitra Sen in the film Khamoshi. The film was directed by Asit Sen. She was ready to play the role at the time when she acted in the films Bees Saal Baad and Kohra opposite Biswajeet Chatterjee. Hemant Kumar was the producer of those two films and also the music director of those two films.
She also spoke about the great experience of working with Oscar winning director Satyajit Ray. She acted in the film Abhijan. She was amazed with the direction, music composition, script writing skills of Satyajit Ray.
She also spoke about her great experience of acting opposite Sunil Dutt in the film Reshma Aur Shera. She also accepted the fact that Kolkata was very close to her heart because she came to Kolkata for the shooting of numerous number of films like Pyaasa, Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam, Khamoshi and many other films.