Bollywood Legend Waheeda Rehman to Get Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award

New Delhi: Veteran actor and Bollywood legend Waheeda Rehman has been chosen for the Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award for 2021. This was announced by Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur. Waheeda Rehman, 85, is remembered for her work in films like Guide, Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool and Chaudhvin Ka Chaand.

Her past accolades include the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Dadasahed Phalke Award is the country’s highest film honour and is given by the government.

In a post on X, Anurag Thakur wrote: “I feel an immense sense of happiness and honour in announcing that Waheeda Rehman ji is being bestowed with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award this year for her stellar contribution to Indian Cinema. Waheeda ji has been critically acclaimed for her roles in Hindi films, prominent among them, Pyaasa, Kaagaz ke Phool, Chaudhavi Ka Chand, Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam, Guide, Khamoshi and several others. In her career spanning over 5 decades, she has essayed her roles with extreme finesse, leading to a National Film Award for her role as a clanswoman in the film Reshma and Shera. A Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee, Waheeda ji has exemplified dedication, commitment and the strength of a Bharatiya Nari who can achieve the highest level of professional excellence with her hard work.

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award announcement coincides with late actor Dev Anand’s centenary – Dev Anand was Waheeda Rehman’s co-star in one of her most seminal films, 1965’s Guide. Dev Anand would have been 100 today.

Waheeda Rehman will receive the award in a ceremony later this year. The previous winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke award was Asha Parekh.

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