Her hair may be the elegant silver tone now but her beauty is surreal and a mere mention of her still brings back memories of the song “aaj phir jeene ki tamanna hai” with Dev Anand in Guide. She is none other than Bollywood actress Waheeda Rehman. The actress was in the city for the shooting of Aparna Sen’s next directorial venture, Arshinagar.
The film Arshinagar is a modern day take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Dev and Rittika Sen will be seen in the lead roles with Jisshu Sengupta playing a role based loosely on Tybalt, Romeo’s prime rival in the original story.
Waheeda Rehman will be seen essaying the role of Dadijaan in Arshinagar. The actress had actually declined to do the film as she had to speak some dialogues in Bengali and she was not very comfortable with how she will speak the language. However on Aparna Sen’s request she agreed to do the role. “Aparna Sen is a great human being and an excellent director. It is always a pleasure to work with her. The best thing about Aparna is, she has not changed since 15 Park Avenue. She is still very cordial. I keep meeting her at different events in Mumbai. I even went for the premiere of Goynar Bakso” revealed Waheeda Ji.
The veteran actress also stated clearly that she was tired and bored of doing the stereotypical role that she was being offered in Mumbai. “I have no objection in acting as the grandmother but the roles should have some depth. But in Mumbai once you do a certain role, you are type cast and you have to do such roles again and again. I am thinking of re launching myself in a new way and hence I am very choosy about the roles that I am doing” said the actress.
Waheeda Rehman who had played the role of Rosie in the film Guide many years back said that heroines now have a better chance of playing author backed women centric roles. “When I took the role, many people said I should not have taken up the role. But I did and look now many actresses have been breaking the lines and doing unconventional roles. I personally liked Vidya Balan’s role in Kahaani and Kareena’s role in Jab We Met” added the actress.
Dev who plays the lead role in Arshinagar did not have any scene but dropped in to meet the living legend, Waheeda Rehman.
With such stellar cast and Aparna Sen at the helm of affairs, Ashinagar is a promising project to look forward to from the house of Venkatesh Films.