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Waheedaji was hesitant initially to the idea of a biography on her: Nasreen Munni Kabir

Shomini Sen | http://shominisen

First published: January 26, 2015, 10:07 AM IST | Updated: January 26, 2015
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Waheedaji was hesitant initially to the idea of a biography on her: Nasreen Munni Kabir
Filmmaker and biographer Nasreen Munni Kabir to write about yesteryear's actress Waheeda Rehman

Jaipur: Filmmaker and biographer Nasreen Munni Kabir decided to write about yesteryear's actress Waheeda Rehman, because her life is 'fascinating'.

At the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival, Kabir about old cinema and the veteran actress and how she was hesitant about opening up in front of the biographer.

"She (Waheeda Rehman) was hesitant initially to the idea. And was distant as well. Waheedaji has a tendency to say 'no' and she did that to me as well initially. But then she is a private person so her reluctance was understandable. You can see from her mannerisms that she is a private person," said Kabir.

Kabir was at the festival along with Waheeda Rehman to speak about the biography of the veteran actress. When we asked her which is her favourite Waheeda Rehman film, Kabir promptly replied, "'Pyaasa'. And then 'Teesri Kasam'." And among the current films that Rehman has been a part of? "I like only certain aspects of those films, maybe the screenplay, or the music. But none really are favourites."

Kabir, an Indian born British filmmaker has worked on several biographies and documentaries on Bollywood stars. Since she is an author and a filmmaker, it was more than apt to ask her whether she felt that literature gets the right representation in Hindi cinema.

"They used to be, in older films. But it's not the same level of writing in films these days. The stories are very important nowadays, I see that in films like 'Kahaani', 'Vicky Donor'- the story is important for them but having said that I feel the majority of the films which are big and make money don't really give importance to the story at all. But then, there are filmmakers like Raju Hirani, who is able to marry both worlds beautifully, his films have good story which is entertaining and then make big bucks," said the filmmaker.

Kabir has written and made films on artists like Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, AR Rahman. So we ask her, who next in her list after Waheedaji. "I am a bit stuck," says Kabir candidly. "I am not sure what next to pick up. Because I am better with older generation because of I am from that generation. I feel there is really no one else left." When we say, clearly there are so many artist she could choose from, she asks ask, "From the '50s, you tell me, who is there?" When we fail to come up with an answer, she smiles triumphantly.

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