Veteran Bollywood actress Waheeda Rehman has been honored with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award, as announced by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Recognized for her stellar contributions to Indian Cinema, the legendary actress is celebrated for her roles in iconic films like “Guide” and “Reshma Aur Shera.”
Anurag Thakur, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, took to Twitter to share the news, expressing his immense happiness and honor in presenting the award to Waheeda Rehman.
He highlighted her critically acclaimed performances in movies like “Pyaasa,” “Kaagaz ke Phool,” “Chaudhavi Ka Chand,” “Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam,” “Guide,” “Khamoshi,” and many more.
Over her five-decade-long career, she received a National Film Award for her role in “Reshma and Shera” and earned the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards for her outstanding achievements.
Thakur also acknowledged Waheeda Rehman’s dedication, commitment, and her exemplary role as a Bharatiya Nari, achieving professional excellence through hard work.
He praised her philanthropic efforts and her role in society, emphasizing that her award aligns perfectly with the recently passed Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam by Parliament.
The award will be presented to Waheeda Rehman at a later ceremony this year. Asha Parekh, a close friend of Waheeda Rehman, was the previous recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke award for her lifetime contribution to Indian Cinema.
Other distinguished winners of this prestigious award include Rajinikanth, Manoj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Gulzar, Pran, Prithviraj Kapoor, Manna Dey, Vinod Khanna, and more.
Waheeda Rehman, who began her acting career with Telugu films “Rojulu Maraayi” and “Jayasimha” in 1955, boasts a career spanning over five decades, with roles in more than 90 films across various languages.