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Waheeda Rehman says she was speechless when Anurag Thakur informed her about Dadasaheb Phalke Award: ‘Ye kahan se, kaise aa gaya’ | Bollywood News


Veteran Bollywood diva, Waheeda Rehman was conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award on Tuesday. She received the honour from the President of India, Droupadi Murmu. Rehman was told about being honoured with the prestigious award by the Information and Broadcasting Minister, Anurag Thakur, in September this year and it took her a few moments to register what she heard from him.

In a recent interview with Doordarshan National, the Guide actor shared she never ‘dreamt’ of winning the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, so it came to her as a surprise when Thakur informed her about her win. She said, “I had never thought about receiving the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. I never dreamt about it. I have received an award after a very long time. I thought all the awards that I had to receive I had already received. I was honoured with Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan.”

The veteran star was even more apprehensive about winning the award now as she has not done any film in the past decade.

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She continued, ” When Anurag Thakur ji told me (about winning the Dadasaheb Phalke Award), I couldn’t say anything for some time. I thought, ‘Ye kahan se, kaise aa gaya? (How did this come to me?)’ Then I told him that I haven’t worked in the last 10-12 years. But he said, ‘This is not about your present work. This is about the work you have done in your lifetime. We are giving it to you, you just accept it.’”

waheeda rehman dadasaheb phalke Waheeda Rehman at the 69th National Film Awards. (Photo: Doordarshan/YouTube)

Waheeda Rehman reached New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan on Tuesday looking beautiful in her white saree. She got emotional as people present at the 69th National Film Awards ceremony gave her a standing ovation. She also looked overwhelmed as she accepted her award from The President. At the ceremony, she said, “I feel very honoured and very humble. Aaj jis mukaam pe main khadi hu, ye saara meri pyaari indusry ki vajah se hain. Mujhe luckily bahut ache top directors, producers, filmmakers, technicians, dialogue writers, music directors aur sangeetkaar, sabka bahut sahara pyaar mila, bahut izzat di, bahut pyaar diya. (I am standing here because of all the love film industry has given me. I was lucky to work with top directors, producers, filmmakers, technicians, dialogue writers, music directors and singers. They gave me a lot of love and respect).”

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Murmu also praised the veteran star during her address at the ceremony. She said, “She chose many films in which her roles broke the barriers associated with women. Waheedaji has set an example that women themselves should also take initiative for women empowerment.”

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