“Happy Birthday” Waheeda Rehman, Unfulfilled Role: The Almost Casting in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham”



“Waheeda Rehman’s Birthday: Unveiling the Untold Tale of Her Almost Starring in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham”

On the occasion of Waheeda Rehman’s birthday, let’s delve into an intriguing chapter of her illustrious career. The legendary actress, known for her iconic roles in films like Guide and Rang De Basanti, was originally set to grace the screen in Karan Johar’s timeless family drama, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. As we celebrate her remarkable contributions to Indian cinema, it’s fascinating to revisit the moment when Karan Johar disclosed the untold story of Waheeda ji’s brief association with the iconic film.

In a special segment on Dharma Productions’ YouTube channel, Karan Johar shared insights into the deleted scenes of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, offering a glimpse into his experience working with Waheeda Rehman.

Expressing deep admiration for the veteran actress, Karan revealed, “I was very honored to work with this fine lady. I had been a fan of her ever since I saw the film Guide.” Highlighting their close family connection over the years, Karan expressed joy at Waheeda ji’s willingness to join the cast after a decade-long hiatus since her last movie, Lamhe.

Recalling the moment he approached her for the role of Daadi, Amitabh Bachchan’s mother in the film, Karan emphasized the regal presence he envisioned for the character. Waheeda Rehman graciously accepted the role without hesitation. The production commenced, and scenes, including her appearance in the title track, were shot.

However, unforeseen circumstances led to her unexpected departure from the project. Despite this setback, Karan Johar treasures the moments shared on set. Reflecting on the brief collaboration, he stated, “But I still treasure those few shots I have of Waheeda ji. At least I can say when I have to go down memory lane and say that I did work with the legend Waheeda Rehman.”

In the star-studded ensemble cast of the 2001 film, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Waheeda Rehman’s intended role of Amitabh Bachchan’s mother was ultimately portrayed by Achala Sachdev. As we celebrate Waheeda ji’s birthday, this untold tale adds another layer of richness to her illustrious cinematic journey.