The veteran actress and the heroine of the 1957 classic Pyaasa Waheeda Rehman feels that certain films should be kept from remake. If, however, the film is re-made, Sonam Kapoor or Vidya Balan would fit best for her character, she says.
Reacting to actor Aamir Khan's wish to remake Pyaasa, Rehman said, "It shouldn't be made. I don't have right to stop people. If it's made, then my role should be done either by Sonam Kapoor or Vidya Balan."
Remade version of certain classics lose the original drama and thus its impact, Rehman told reporters at Sa Re Ga Ma office here on Tuesday night where she was honoured with the release of an album Sitare Zameen Par, comprising her best 40 songs.
"Classics shouldn't be remade because if you make the remake of such films, comparisons are inevitable. The new version might be better, but the impact of the original version is difficult to replace from the mind of artistes and audience of our generations," she said.
"Some films look better in black and white only. The coloured version can't retain the same drama or impact of many black and white films made in our time. If Kaagaz Ke Phool is remade in colour, it would be a disaster. It goes same for films like Pyaasa, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam or Nutan's Sujata," she added.
Most of the songs in the album are of her choice, said the 74-year-old actress.
"Before compiling this album I was asked about my favourites, so I gave my list of choices, others they added of their own."
Asked if she still relishes the memories of shooting her favourite songs, she said, "Not all. But there are a few songs which take me back to those days when I had shot for the songs. Like Jane Kya Tune Kahi, Jaane Kya Maine Suni from the film Pyaasa is one of my favourite songs and with that I had got huge popularity."
"The lyrics, music and picturisation were fantastic. Even Waqt Ne Kiya was excellently picturised."
Rehman being one of the finest dancers of her time doesn't find much varied choreography in today's films.
"Due respect to the artistes and the choreographer, because it's today's trend, there are more item numbers. In our time the songs were the part of the story. That's what I feel. I don't find much varied choreography in today's films," said Rehman.