Rehman, who went on to star in classics like 'Pyaasa', 'Kaagaz Ke Phool' and 'Guide', starred opposite Dev Anand in the film, which was produced by her mentor and 'Pyaasa' co-star Guru Dutt.

"I was a very 'ziddi' girl when I was new in the industry. It was so because I knew what I wanted and hence it surprised many that I wanted to work on my own terms and conditions," Rehman said during a session at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival.
She was in conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir and Arshia Sattar during a session titled "Mujhe Jeene Do: conversations with Waheeda Rehman".
The actress recalled how she resisted an attempt by Guru Dutt and 'CID' director Raj Khosla to change her name.     

"They quoted examples of Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Meena Kumari and others who had changed their names. It was like a fashion then. They said 'Waheeda Rehman' was not sexy. But I was adamant since the name was given by my parents and I love it.
"Guru Dutt and Raj Khosla were shocked that I had my own expectations even before working with them. They didn't utter a word for three days but finally agreed to retain my original name," she said.

The 76-year-old actress, however, said he found it difficult to work with Guru Dutt as the director would opt for multiple takes.
Though Waheeda worked in the industry when it was in its golden period, the actress is all praise for contemporary actors and filmmakers.
"I don't think there was any set golden period in cinema. Earlier, there was fixed formula. A hero, villain, rape, vamp and a sagging mother. But today, filmmakers are exploring diverse issues and compelling audience to rethink about their ideas and society," she said.

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