Waheeda Rehman, who was last seen in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘Delhi 6’, said that she want keen on signing new movies anytime soon.
“I don't have a movie for now. I will think about it when anything interesting comes up. Honestly, I am not very keen to do it. I am busy with other things in life,” said Waheeda Rehman to PTI.
The 76 year old actress, who has been seen in classic movies like ‘Pyaasa’, ‘Khagaz Ke Phool’, ‘Khamoshi’ and ‘Guide’, is being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, which began yesterday.
“MAMI's trustees are some of the best artistes from the industry like Shyam Benegal, Ramesh Sippyji and Shabanaji. When they give an award it becomes special. I feel happy, humble and honored,” she said.
The veteran actress feels that Bollywood is tough profession for woman and feels happy to see yesteryear actor’s like Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit make a comeback on big screen.
“There is some change but it is difficult for actresses. After a certain age when you are married and have kids your priorities change. If the audience has liked a mature film like English Vinglish then it is great. I am so happy for Sridevi. Madhuri (Dixit) is also coming back. So it feels great. The change will come but it will take time,” she said.
The actress, who was spotted at a very young age was Guru Dutt, said that she never shied away from bold and difficult roles in her career.
“I never stopped myself from doing difficult roles. I remember, Guru Duttji had signed me for three years. I did CID and then I went on to play Gulabo's role in Pyaasa. I went on to play a courtesan in Mujhe Jeene Do and Teesri Kasam as well,” she said.
“I had learnt dance and the navras bhav (nine emotions). It helped me emote well onscreen. And I think it is natural for some people. If you understand a scene well, it is not hard to translate it onscreen,” she added.
Reminiscing about her career Waheeda Rehman recalled two scenes which she found difficult to do.
"There is a scene in Pyaasa where the heroine is reading the paper and she comes to know about the hero's death. I was required to scream and go down but I don't know what happened, I just could not scream. Guru Duttji was puzzled and said, 'Girls find it easy to scream and here she can't scream'. He then changed the scene and told me to crush the paper, close my eyes and slide down,” she said.
"Then there was a scene in Guide when I go to meet Marco (her husband in the film) in the cave. I have a fight with him I slap and walk out. It was something I found very difficult to do," she added.
When asked about her favorite directors, the actress concluded by saying, “I had many great directors like Guru Dutt, Vijay Anand and Asit Sen, who directed me in Khamoshi. I feel lucky to have worked with Satyajit Ray. In the present generation, I have only worked with Rakeysh. He is a very sensitive director. I also like Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Imtiaz Ali and Karan Johar and Prakash Jha.”