veteran actress of film industry Waheeda Rehman Bala used to look beautiful even earlier, now even at the age of 84, she looks very graceful. Waheeda is one of those actresses who has seen the film industry flourish and change in front of her. In 1955, Waheeda started her film career at the age of 17. Although Waheeda worked in many great films like ‘CID’, ‘Guide’, ‘Chaudhvin Ka Chand’, ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’, ‘Pathar Ke Sanam’, ‘Ram Aur Shyam’ in such a long film career, but Let us tell about one of his films ‘Khamoshi’ which proved to be a milestone in the career of Rajesh Khanna.
Actually, Rajesh Khanna, the first superstar of Hindi cinema, had come to the new film industry in those days and was trying to establish his roots. When Asit Sen, the veteran director of Bengali and Hindi films, thought of making ‘Deep Jwala Jai’ Bangla film in Hindi with the name ‘Khamoshi’, Rajesh Khanna’s name was suggested by Waheeda Rehman as an actor in the film.
Waheeda Rehman liked ‘Last Letter’
Actually, Waheeda had seen the film ‘Aakhri Khat’ starring Rajesh Khanna. Waheeda was very impressed with Rajesh’s performance in this film, she found Rajesh perfect for the story of ‘Khamoshi’. When Waheeda told Asit Sen, he too had cast Rajesh. Waheeda Rehman was praised in this film, but Rajesh Khanna also got a lot of popularity. After this film, he was noticed by many big filmmakers and offered his films.
Rajesh Khanna and Waheeda Rehman in a scene from ‘Khamoshi’ (Photo Credits: NFAI/twitter)
‘Khamoshi’ a memorable film
Released in 1969, the film ‘Khamoshi’ is the story of Radha, a nurse working in a psychiatric hospital, who falls in love with a patient in the midst of the struggles of her personal and professional life. In this film, Waheeda Rehman showed tremendous performance in the role of Radha. This film got a Filmfare nomination, although he did not get the prize. The film received Filmfare for black and white cinematography.
Memorable songs from ‘Khamoshi’
The songs of this film are still included in the list of music lovers. Ghazab Ke Ruhani Songs were written by Gulzar and music was given by Hemant Kumar. Songs like ‘We have seen those eyes smelling fragrance’, ‘Woh Sham Kuch Ajibi Thi’, ‘Tum Pukar Lo’ are present in their full freshness, can anyone forget them?
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 14, 2022, 07:00 IST