At 81, Actor Waheeda Rehman Turns Wildlife Photographer
Actor Waheeda Rehman is leaving no stone unturned to pursue what she loves and makes her happy. For instance, the 81-year-old has turned a wildlife photographer. She recently held an exhibition of her pictures from her safaris across the globe.
“I am happy that I am pursuing a nice hobby. I was always passionate about photography. I feel you need passion, patience and luck to take the kind of pictures (wildlife pictures) that we have displayed here. I have been taking pictures for a long time but not without learning properly” – Waheeda Rehman
In an interview with Mid-day, she revealed how it all started. “I always loved taking pictures. When I was young, I would carry a small camera with me on the sets.” She says that she is addicted to photography now, “When it comes to wildlife photography, you need to have luck and patience.”
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- Actor Waheeda Rehman is pursuing her passion for wildlife photography.
- The 81-year-old exhibited her photos in an exhibition in Mumbai.
- Her photographs comprise stunning sand dunes, landscapes and wildlife.
- The veteran actor wants to learn scuba diving next.
She added: “I am happy that I am pursuing a nice hobby. I was always passionate about photography. I feel you need passion, patience and luck to take the kind of pictures (wildlife pictures) that we have displayed here. I have been taking pictures for a long time but not without learning properly. I have learnt it from Himanshuu Sheth. We have travelled across India, Tanzania, Namibia, Maasai Mara (Kenya), Arunachal Pradesh and Assam to take these pictures.”
But is it just photography for Rehman? No. she wants to do Scuba Diving next.
Waheeda Rehman exhibited her photographs for the first time at Meraki. It is a group show in Mumbai. Her photographs comprise stunning sand dunes, landscapes and wildlife.
The exhibition brings together 23 photography enthusiasts. They, then travel to Kutch, Arunachal Pradesh, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Turkey, Ecuador and Galapagos Islands for the images. Roop Kumar Rathod, Urvi Piramal, Archana Mariwala, Ramadorai and Smita Parekh are some other popular names in the list.
I want to learn Scuba Diving next – Waheeda Rehman
Lensman Himanshuu Sheth is her mentor. “It’s been Waheedaji’s long-standing desire to learn photography, but unfortunately there was no proper outlet for her to pursue. I was doing a small shoot for her son, Sohail for his furniture brand. He learnt that I conduct photography tours and immediately told me his mother would love to go on a photo safari and learn photography. And it’s been more than six years since then. Our bond gets stronger with each passing trip,” he said.
Waheeda Rehman is one of the most popular yesteryear actresses of Hindi cinema, who has also worked in Telugu, Tamil, Bengali and Malayalam films. Reshma Aur Shera, Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Chaudhvin Ka Chand and Guide are some of the prominent films she has acted in. Moreover, she has received a National Film Award and a Padma Bhushan for her contribution to cinema.
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