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The evergreen beauty, Waheeda Rehman ruled the silver screen in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Waheeda, who is an inspiration to many budding stars in Bollywood, never wanted to be an actress. Instead, she always wished to become a doctor. However, fate had other plans as she lost her father at the mere age of 13, and to support her family, she accepted the film offers that came her way through her dancing prowess.
Waheeda Rehman started her career as a dancer and made her acting debut with the Telugu film, Rojulu Marayi in 1955. Later, Waheeda made her Hindi film debut with the film CID in 1956, and since then, there has been no looking back for this stunning actress. With films like Pyaasa, Kala Bazar, Chaudhvin Ka Chand, Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam and many more, Waheeda proved her versatility as an actress.
During the '60s, there was a lot of craze around celebrities as fans would wait for hours just to get a glimpse of them. However, Waheeda faced a horrific incident when a mob of students stopped her train just to see her. In the book Conversations With Waheeda Rehman, the actress shared an incident when she was travelling back after her shoot with Raj Kapoor.
Waheeda was shooting with the legendary actor, Raj Kapoor for Teesri Kasam in Bina, Madhya Pradesh, when the actress encountered the most terrifying fan encounter. Speaking about the same, she revealed that after the shooting, she was getting to leave the city via train. Waheeda was accompanied by Raj Kapoor, her sister, and her hairdresser. They heard the train start, but it stopped suddenly.
At first, they thought it might be a technical glitch but later realised that a crowd of students had gathered at the station just to get a glimpse of the actress. Narrating the same, Waheeda shared:
“Finally, we looked out of the compartment window to see what was going on. The railway station at Bina was very small and on either side of the train, we could see huge crowds of students on the platforms. Then we heard people shouting, ‘Utro, utro, dekhna hai, dekhna hai’.”
Someone told Raj Kapoor that the students wanted to watch the shooting of Teesri Kasam, but were repeatedly given the wrong address. They bunked classes for the same but could not find anyone at the given location. Hence, after repeated failed attempts, the students were adamant about seeing the celebs. Hearing this Raj Kapoor went out to meet them but told them that Waheeda won’t come out.
Raj’s reasons didn’t go down well with the students, and they warned the actor that Waheeda must see her fans or else they won’t let the train move. Recalling how the crowd went into a frenzy, Waheeda shared:
“The crowd became furious and started hurling stones and hitting the train with big iron bars. They did not let the train move an inch. We had to duck down in our compartments to avoid being hurt while Rajji was getting more and more enraged. He wanted to go out and confront the crowd. His friends tried to restrain him and, when they realised they couldn’t, they pushed him into our compartment and said, ‘Ladies! Take care of him. He has gone wild.'”
At this point, Waheeda, her sister and her hairdresser had to stop Raj Kapoor from going out and confronting the mob. Revealing how she sat on Raj Kapoor’s chest to pin him down, the Guide actress said:
“The three of us had to literally pin Rajji on to the seat. I sat on his chest while my sister held on to his legs. He became red as a tomato and tried to wriggle out of our grip while we were struggling to keep him down. We kept imploring him, ‘No, Rajji, no!’ To which he protested, ‘Let me go! Let me go!’”
Waheeda Rehman loved experimenting with her roles and won the National Film Award for Best Actress for the film, Reshma Aur Shera in 1971.