Waheeda Rehman, famed for films such as “Guide” and “Kaagaz Ke Phool,” will receive the Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award is given to veteran actress and dancer Waheeda Rehman in recognition of her significant contributions to Indian cinema. Rehman is noted for roles in films such as “Guide,” “Pyaasa,” “Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam,” “Delhi-6,” “Kaagaz Ke Phool,” and many others.
With a career spanning nearly seven decades, the actress is regarded as the cornerstone of Indian cinema and has portrayed innumerable famous characters on film.
The announcement was made on Tuesday by Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, on his X (formerly known as Twitter).
He published a lengthy message outlining her accomplishments and announcing the distinction for the seasoned actor.
He 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’”.
Waheeda ji, a recipient of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards, “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 speaker continued. Her receiving this lifetime achievement award at a time when the historic Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam has been approved by Parliament is a deserving tribute to one of the leading ladies of Indian cinema who has devoted her life outside of the film industry to philanthropy and the betterment of society. I congratulate her and gratefully offer my regards for her impressive body of work, which is an essential component of our cinematic history.