Waheeda Rehman is on the stage with her biographer, filmmaker Naasreen Munni Kabir, the leaking Mughal tent at the Jaipur Literature festival 2015, erupted into thunderous applause for the beautiful actress. Arshia Sattar was a rather candid session with Waheeda Rehman speaking from heart about her foray in the films Guru Dutt and her unusual friendship with Abhishek Bachchan.
The veteran actress answered when asked how she had managed all this while to be friends with fellow actors. She said, “May be the concept of jealousy didn’t exist for me. I had accepted what god had in store for me, I never had to eye others projects so that helped”.
When Sattar asked who among Bollywood she considered her friend, she answered, “Nanda it is unfortunate that she passed away a year back, but we were close. Had been friends with her for many years”.
The veteran actress thought for a while and said, “They don’t have time. Plus there is a generation gap with all of them. But I am friends with Abhishek Bachchan. Have known his family for a long time, Amitabh has been a good friend even before he got married to Jaya. So the Bachchans are close.”
Sattar futher asked “I am curious to know what sort of conversation you have with Abhishek Bachchan?”
To this the beautiful actress smiled and answered, “Mostly I tell him about his films on how he should have approached it. And he is sweet ,sits with me and patiently listens”
The actress also revealed that how Guru Dutt did not want her to play the role of “Jaba” in Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam as she was already an established heroine. “I did not have a problem playing Meena Kumari, because I loved the character of Jaba a lot. I fought my way into the film”. The veteran actress also revealed that ‘Guide’ is her favorite film.