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Friday, 13 July 2018

How Waheeda Rehman nearly walked out of CID because of a costume

We all know that CID released in 1956 was the first film of Waheeda Rehman. Though she was not the Heroine of that film but she played an important character.She  played Kamini, the good-hearted moll. Though she’s a bit raw with a singsong dialogue delivery, just a glimpse of that luminous face and the hand gestures that Zohra Sehgal made her perform for the Shamshad Begum classic Kahin pe nigahein let me tell that she was, indeed, destined for a memorable innings.
There were the moments during the shooting of CID she decided to move out of the film.The reason of quitting was the costume she had to wear in the song Kahin Pe Nigahen Kahin Per Nishana. She had to wear a long skirt with a long sleeved lace blouse for Kahin pe nigahein.. The problem was the blouse had no lining.. She had no intention of wearing a see-through blouse.She refused to wear that dress.Zohra Sehgal tried convincing her as did Bhanu Athaiya (then Bhanumati) who designed the costumes, but nobody could change Waheeda Rehman’s mind. RajKhosla  the director was most irritated 
Finally Khosla called Guru Dutt, who was writing Pyaasa with Abrar Alvi somewhere in Khandala, to intervene. Dutt returned to Bombay and came to see Waheeda Rehman in her make-up room, who was adamant. Athaiya informed it would take half a day to have the blouse altered and since Dev had to leave for Switzerland, the unit was in a fix. The solution came from Waheeda Rehman.who suggested that she wear a dupatta. And that’s what was decided. If you see the song, you’ll notice she is wearing a dupatta over the blouse,
Raj Khosla wasn’t too happy with Rehman’s work in CID and even told Dutt, “CID will be her last film.” Sure enough, he had to eat his words. Rehman narrates how after he saw the rushes of Pyaasa’s Jaane kya tune kahi, Khosla commented to Dutt, “How is it possible? She is so bad in my film and has done such a good job here.
After CID Raj Khosla took her in Solva Saal in 1958 here also some controversy took place between her and Raj Khosla.
Song from CID 1956