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Waheeda Rehman Biography, Age, Husband, Children, Family, Facts, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : February 3, 2021

Short Biography

Waheeda Rehman was born on 03-02-1938 in Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. She is an Indian Film Actress who is best known for her work in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Malayalam and English films. She has also learned Bharatnatyam with her sister.

Other Name: Wahida Rahman
Other Professions: Dancer
Appearance: Bollywood Tamil Telugu Bengali Malayalam English

Waheeda Rehman Complete Bio & Career

She started her career in 1954 and one of the first successful films was a Telegu film Rojulu Marayi (1956) and during its success party at Hyderabad, Guru Dutt noticed her and brought her to act in Bollywood. Guru Dutt died in 1964. Till then, she had already established her career in Hindi Films. Her dream was to become a doctor, but due to her mother’s illness, she abandoned her dream. Few years after coming to the film industry, her mother died.
She has done various films with Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar and is critically acclaimed for her work with Rajendra Kumar. Her biggest hit is Khamoshi which came in 1970 with Rajesh Khanna. She was well-known for her association with veteran actor and film maker Guru Dutt. Their combination gave cult classic cinemas like Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool, 12 O'Clock, Chaudhvin Ka Chand, and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. After the mid-seventies, Waheeda started acting as a character actress. After Lamhe in 1991, she did not do movies for around 12 years. Her recent movie is Arshinagar (2015) in the Bengali language.
She has received a Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality, a National Film Award for Best Actress, two Filmfare Awards for Best Actress, a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and also Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for Best Actress. She has also received Padma Bhushan in 2011. She is an ambassador for Rang De working with them in the fight against poverty.

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Honours & Awards

Padma Shri Civilian Award 1972 Arts
Padma Bhushan Civilian Award 2011 Arts

Waheeda Rehman Family, Relatives and Other Relations

She was born to a Dakhini Muslim family. Her Father, a district Commissioner, died when she was only a teen. She has a sister Sayeeda Rehman who is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. She was married to actor Shashi Rekhi (Kamaljeet) on 27-04-1974, who died on 21-11-2000 due to illness. Her two children Sohail Rekhi (son) and Kashvi Rekhi (daughter) are writers. Bollywood actress Priya Rajvansh was her sister-in-law.

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Body Measurements

Breast Size 34
Waist Size 28
Hip Size 36
Thigh Size 34-28-36
Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour White

Personal Info

Home Town Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu
Nationality Indian
Religion Islam
Address Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Dancing, Photography
Marital Status Widow
Debut Telugu Film - Rojulu Marayi (1955)
Tamil Film - Kaalam Maari Pochu (1955)
Bollywood Film - CID (1956)
Bengali Film - Abhijan (1962)
Malayalam Film - Thrisandhya (1972)
Best Movies Pyaasa (1957), Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962), Neel Kamal (1968), Khamoshi (1969) and Guide (1966) among others
Best Friends Nanda and Sharmila Tagore
Salary N/A
Net Worth USD 70 Million (approx)
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color Black, Red
Favorite Actress Nargis Dutt , Madhubala
Favorite Actor Dev Anand , Guru Dutt
Favorite Film Director Vijay Anand
Favorite Singer Lata Mangeshkar , Mohammed Rafi
Favorite Song Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai by Lata Mangeshkar for film Guide (1965)
Favorite Place South Africa
Favorite Food Street Food

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Waheeda Rehman

  • It was veteran filmmaker Guru Dutt who brought her to Mumbai and trained her in acting.
  • She can speak in three different languages like Tamil, Urdu and Hindi.
  • From the mid 60s to early 70s, she was among the highest paid Bollywood actress.
  • Waheeda Rehman played Amitabh's love interest role in 'Adalat' and played her mother's role in Trishul.
  • She reckoned Guru Dutt as her mentor.
  • She was often spotted enjoying street food with late actress Nanda.
  • For her contribution to Indian cinema, she was conferred with Padma Bhushan award by the government of India.

Waheeda Rehman Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

86 years, 0month, 20 days old age Waheeda Rehman will turn 87 on 03 February, 2025. Only 11 months, 10 days, 4 hours,52 minutes has left for her next birthday.

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Waheeda Rehman has celebrated the total number of 86 birthdays till date. See the analysis by days count and bar graph.

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