The most iconic and beautiful yesteryear actress, Waheeda Rehman, is celebrating her 80th birthday, today. Here’s a list of her memorable work you, as a millennial, need to be up to speed with, to understand her contribution to Indian Cinema.

1. Guide

The very first movie that comes into everyone’s mind when they hear ‘Waheeda ji’ is her chirpy and bubbly performance in the movie Guide, along with the equally fun actor, Dev Anand. Here’s the chart-topper number from the film.

2. Patthar Ke Sanam

A movie where two women pretend to love one man but only one truly falls for him and finally wins him over. This might sound like a recent movie plot but belongs to another Waheed Rehman classic, Patthar Ke Sanam

3. Sahib, Bibi aur Ghulam

When a playful zamindar’s daughter’s life is affected by the ongoings of the world inside her household as well as outside, you get this remarkable movie, and this cutesy song

4. Pyaasa

While you think of Guru Dutt when you think of this movie, Waheeda Rehmaan was a crucial part of the movie. She, being a prostate who meets Guru Dutt in a chance encounter, tries to make him a known name in the poetry world and elopes with him when the need arises.

5. Neelakaml

Waheeda Rehman’s previous life lover is buried alive by her father-king. After rebirth, his song lures her to his tomb and creates issues in her married life.

Note: There is a solid disclaimer at the beginning of the movie that you shouldn’t miss.

6. Reshma Aur Sheera

This Romeo and Juliet-ish movie had a helluva plotline but kickass songs to get you through it.

7. Trishul

This entire movie revolves around Waheeda Rehman being dumped by Sanjeev Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, their love-child, taking its revenge from his father.

8. Kabhie Kabhie

Her story of pre-marital pregnancy is revealed when Neetu Kapoor visits her to ask her why she abandoned her as a child.

9. Rang De Basanti

She plays the role of R. Madhvan’s mother who readily accepts his love Soha Ali Khan and has a really emotional song dedicated to her son, sung from her point of view.

10. Delhi 6

Though she might have a tiny role in this movie, it is extremely emotional. However, you can see her groove on this hip song from the movie, here.

Bonus: Here’s a song from the film Shagoon, where she stars alongside her (now late) husband, Kamaljeet.

Which Waheeda Rehman films are your favourite?

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