When Mumtaz said no heroine except Waheeda Rehman ever spoke to her

Mumtaz, who is celebrating her 75th birthday on Sunday, has had a successful career in the Hindi film industry. After her acting debut at age 11 with Sone Ki Chidiya, Mumtaz became one of the highest paid women in the Indian entertainment industry from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. She also worked with several leading names in Bollywood including Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra and Shashi Kapoor. Read also| When Mumtaz said that Rajesh Khanna missed her after she got married and moved to the US

Mumtaz also worked with a number of female actors. However, the actor once said that she did not enjoy close friendships with any of the women except Waheeda Rehman. Mumtaz and Waheeda worked together in such films as Mujhe Jeene Do (1963), Patthar Ke Sanam (1967) and Ram Aur Shyam (1967).

The actor told The Times of India in an interview in 2021: “I got the support of all my heroes. Recently I met Dharmendra. We spent a lot of time together and also remembered the old days. At the same time, when asked about the actress, he just took the name Waheeda Rehman.”

Mumtaz added: “Except with Waheeda Rehman, who I got along really well with, the heroines never spoke to me – they just pulled up a chair and sat far away – not even a hello. I have no idea why they did that. But I always liked to sit with my group dancers and share lunch. I enjoyed my job. i don’t sulk; in fact I never sulked.”

Mumtaz retired from films after her 1997 film Aaina to focus on her family. She married businessman Mayur Madhvani in 1974. The couple has two daughters – Natasha and Tanya. Mumtaz made a comeback to acting with Aandhiyan 13 years later, but did not continue after the film flopped.

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