Amitabh Bachchan is an inspiration for many – but he has had his own share of struggles in a career spanning four decades. On a recent reality show, the actor said that he has had only two idols in his entire life – Dilip Kumar and Waheed Rehman. He further added that the latter is the most beautiful woman according to him, and a great human being as well.
Amitabh Bachchan said-
I have two idols in my life – Dilip Kumar ji and Waheeda Rehman. Waheeda Rehman has always been the most beautiful women to me till date. She is not only a great actor but also a great human being by her nature. For me Waheeda ji is a perfect example of the Indian woman. Waheeda ji has given huge and incredible contribution to our Bollywood Industry which cannot be expressed through words.
He further narrated a light-hearted anecdote from the set of his film Reshma Aur Shera. The duo had worked together in the film, and Amitabh Bachchan spoke about the time when Waheeda Rehman had to stand barefeet in the desert in extremely high temperature.
I was so worried about how Waheeda ji was managing to shoot in such an extreme conditions and too without footwear. So, as soon as the director announced a break, without wasting time, I took Waheeda ji‘s juttis and ran towards her. I can’t even express how special the moment is to me.
Amitabh Bachchan further shared an interesting bit of trivia about Waheeda Rehman, the fact that she has played a mother to all three of his family members. This includes himself, his wife Jaya Bachchan, and his son Abhishek Bachchan.
She has worked with three members of our family and has played the role of mother with all three of us. In Phagun (1973), she played a mother to my wife (Jaya Bachchan), she was Abhishek’s mother in Om Jai Jagadish (2002), and she worked with me in Trishul (1978).
Waheeda Rehman replied to this fact and said, “It feels happy and ajeeb at the same time. If it continues this way, perhaps I will play mother or grandmother to Abhishek’s kids someday!” she said.