Waheeda Rehman Expresses Gratitude For Dadasaheb Phalke Award On Dev Anand’s 100th Birthday

Waheeda Rehman, a legendary actress with a career spanning over seven decades in Bollywood, is set to receive the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award from the Government of India. Throughout her illustrious career, she has shared the screen with luminaries like Guru Dutt, Amitabh Bachchan, and Dev Anand, leaving an indelible mark on Indian cinema.

Dadasaheb Phalke Award Coincides with Dev Anand’s 100th Birthday

"Legendary actress Waheeda Rehman shares her feelings about being honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award on the occasion of Dev Anand's 100th birthday. She expresses her deep gratitude for this prestigious recognition in Indian cinema."

The announcement of Waheeda Rehman receiving the Dadasaheb Phalke Award comes as a poignant tribute to her exceptional contributions to Indian cinema. Notably, this news coincides with what would have been Dev Anand’s 100th birthday, adding a poignant touchto the honor.

Expressing Gratitude

In an exclusive interview with News18, the Pyaasa actress shared her heartfelt sentiments, stating, “It is a huge honour and a privilege that the Government of India chose me to be conferred with such a prestigious award. It makes me very grateful that the recognition has come to me on the centenary birthday of my favourite co-star late Dev Saab (Dev Anand). There couldn’t have been a better day to announce it.”

Government Recognition

Today, India’s Information and Broadcasting Minister, Anurag Thakur, took to Twitter to officially announce the government’s decision to bestow the Dadasaheb Phalke Award upon Waheeda Rehman.

Saira Banu’s Remembrance

Another iconic actress, Saira Banu, paid tribute to Dev Anand on his 100th birthday by sharing a heartwarming memory on Instagram. She recounted how Dev Saab had wanted to cast her mother, Naseemji, in the 1955 film “C.I.D” but had to make an alternative choice since Saira Banu and her brother were in London for school. Nevertheless, she fondly remembered Dev Anand’s praise for her mother as the “Greatest Actress” he ever worked with.

Waheeda Rehman’s Legacy

Waheeda Rehman’s remarkable journey in Bollywood continues to inspire fans and fellow actors alike. Her Dadasaheb Phalke Award is a testament to her enduring impact on Indian cinema, and it serves as a fitting tribute on the centenary celebration of Dev Anand’s birth.

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