Dev got too involved with himself: Waheeda Rehman

The ethereal Waheeda Rehman missed the opportunity to meet her co-star Dev Anand one last time, but fondly remembers him as a good producer. She, however, feels in recent times he got too involved with himself.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 | 7:29:52 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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The ethereal Waheeda Rehman missed the opportunity to meet her co-star Dev Anand one last time, but fondly remembers him as a good producer. She, however, feels in recent times he got too involved with himself.

'Without meaning any disrespect to him, I'd like to say that as the years went by Dev's script sense went more and more haywire. I think he got too involved with himself. Dev was a very good producer. But he needed to look out for better scripts,' said Waheeda.

When told her that she was Dev Anand's favourite actress, she laughed and said: 'That was nice of him. We did share a very easy and warm working relationship. When he turned director with 'Prem Pujari', I was in the film, of course.'

She almost didn't do her most iconic film 'Guide', but thanks to Dev Anand's persuasiveness, she became part of the film that she is proud of.

Reminiscing about 'Dev' from Bangalore, Waheeda said: ' 'Guide' is not just my most iconic film. It is also Dev's most celebrated work. Yes, you can act as shocked as you like. But the fact is I almost didn't do 'Guide'.'

'Hua yun ke, shuroo mein director Raj Khosla the. Raj Khosla and I had a difference of opinion during an earlier film. I never worked with him after that. And I wasn't willing to change that for 'Guide' or any other film. But you know how persuasive Dev was. He called up and said,'Come on, Waheeda. Let bygone be bygones. Everyone makes mistakes.' But I refused to budge. I asked Dev why his brother Goldie (Vijay Anand) wasn't directing. But Goldie was busy with 'Tere Ghar Ke Samne'.'

'Eventually, Raj Khosla was replaced by Chetan Anand. But he didn't want me! I laughed. Yeh to achcha hua. One director I didn't want and the other director didn't want me. I think Chetan Saab wanted Priya Rajvanshji. But Dev was adamant. They needed a dancer. And Priyaji couldn't dance. Eventually, Goldie directed 'Guide'. That's how I got 'Guide'. The rest, you know. It's a film I'm very proud of.'

Waheeda did seven films with Dev Anand, incluidng 'Solwah Saal', 'Kala Baazar' and his directorial debut 'Prem Pujari'.

'So you can imagine our comfort level. In fact, my very first film in Hindi 'C.I.D.' was with Dev Anand. I was a big fan of Dev Anand and Madhubala. So can you imagine my excitement and nervousness at doing a film with him.'

'On the very first day on the sets, when I called him 'Dev saab' he turned around and said 'No no, call me Dev'. I couldn't bring myself to call him by his first name, that wasn't my upbringing. So I suggested I call him 'Anandji'. He glared at me and said, 'Do I look like a schoolteacher to you?' The next day when I called him 'Dev saab', he looked around as though he didn't know whom I was addressing. I had to finally call him 'Dev'. And 'Dev' he remained until the end,' she said.

However, she wasn't much in touch with Dev saab in his later years.

'I got married and left for Bangalore. Then one day I got a call from Dev inviting me to the premier of the colourised version of 'Hum Dono'. I excused myself, saying I had a prior engagement. Dev asked me, 'How many films have you done with me?' I said seven. Then he asked how many of these are for the Navketan. I said, three. He retorted, 'Then, Navketan is like your home banner. How can you not be here for such a big moment for Navketan? Cancel your other engagement, and be there'.'

'Unfortunately I couldn't be there. So, I couldn't meet him one last time,' she said.

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Posted on: 07 December 2011 at 2:59pm
Guide was the BEST movie of Dev Anand and Waheeda!

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Posted on: 07 December 2011 at 8:39am
I thot I saw a very similar loking actrees on Pakistani dramas. Very similar, I thought she was Dat actress ! :S

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Posted on: 07 December 2011 at 6:21am
Aww...I just love the movie "Guide" so much. Their Jodi onscreen was awesome!

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Posted on: 07 December 2011 at 5:46am
Waheeda ji has done some of the best films with Dev Saheb. And her polite comment in his scripts is very correct. We should respect that honesty.

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Posted on: 07 December 2011 at 5:34am
It's sad to hear that she wasn't able to meet him one last time, but it's nice to see how fondly she remembers Dev saab.

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