Amitabh Bachchan recalls Waheeda Rehman fainting during a Bali scene
Waheeda Rehman had collapsed on sets during Reshma Aur Shera. He had said that, although he felt terrible for her, he also felt honoured to be able to care for her.
Amitabh Bachchan previously revealed an event with Waheeda Rehman that occurred during the filming of Reshma Aur Shera. Amitabh described Waheeda fainting during an animal sacrifice scenario at Jaisalmer Palace in an old interview. Following that, he and Sunil Dutt, along with a few others, had to transport her to their makeshift hotel’ and resuscitate her.
Sunil directed and produced the criminal drama film Reshma Aur Shera (1971). The film also stars Vinod Khanna, Raakhee, Ranjeet, KN Singh, Jayant, and Amrish Puri in addition to Amitabh, Waheeda, and Sunil. Reshma Aur Shera was India’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, however, it was not accepted. At the National Picture Awards, the film received three nominations.
In a 2018 interview with Filmfare, Amitabh remarked, “I couldn’t believe my luck when I had the chance to collaborate with Waheeda on Reshma Aur Shera (1971) early in my career. She has always represented the ideal Indian lady to me, and I saw elements in her demeanour that were akin to my values. She was a gentle, humble, and reserved woman who was a vision of elegance throughout the filming. The battalion spent a significant amount of time in Rajasthan’s deserts, tented in tents at Pochina, a hamlet near Jaisalmer. During my visit, her older sister, Appaji, was so lovely and friendly to me that I never felt like a stranger. At times, it seemed like I was part of their family.
While shooting the animal sacrifice scenario for Reshma Aur Shera at the Jaisalmer Palace, he said, “I’ll never forget that moment.” When the horrible Bali (sacrifice) happened in actuality during Dusshera, she slumped and fainted as she was positioned among the throng as part of the drama. Sunil Dutt Saab and a few others, including myself, went to her aid, pulled her through the mob, managed to get her into a vehicle, and drove her back to the temporary hotel to resuscitate her. I felt terrible for her, but I also felt honoured to be a member of the team that cared for her.”
Amitabh and Waheeda have appeared in many films together, including Adalat and Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Namak Halaal (1982), and Coolie and Mahaan (1985). (1983). Waheeda appeared in the films Trishul (1978) and Naseeb (1979). (1981). Amitabh Bachchan makes a cameo appearance in the 2009 film Delhi-6.
Amitabh will next be featured in Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra, opposite Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Nagarjuna, and Mouni Roy. He’s also working on Uunchai alongside Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, and Parineeti Chopra.
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