In a momentous tribute to a legendary figure in Indian cinema, Waheeda Rehman ji has been conferred with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award this year. Her illustrious career spanning over five decades has left an indelible mark on the world of Hindi cinema. Renowned for her remarkable portrayals in iconic films like “Pyaasa,” “Kaagaz ke Phool,” “Chaudhavi Ka Chand,” “Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam,” “Guide,” and “Khamoshi,” Waheeda ji’s performances have garnered critical acclaim and adoration from audiences across generations.
The luminary’s versatility and finesse in portraying a wide array of characters have earned her numerous accolades, including a National Film Award for her portrayal of a resilient clanswoman in “Reshma and Shera.” A recipient of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, Waheeda ji stands as an epitome of dedication and commitment, exemplifying the strength of a Bharatiya Nari who attains the pinnacle of professional excellence through unwavering hard work.
This recognition comes at a significant juncture, coinciding with the passage of the historic Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam by the Parliament. Beyond her cinematic achievements, Waheeda ji’s post-film journey has been dedicated to philanthropy and contributing to the greater good of society. Her legacy is an integral part of our film history, and this award is a befitting tribute to one of the leading ladies of Indian cinema. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to her and pay humble regards to her rich body of work.