We spoke just two days back: Waheeda Rehman remembers Sadhana

  • Waheeda Rehman, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 25, 2015 19:09 IST
Sadhana in a still from 1964 film Woh Kaun Thi. (YouTube)

Ours was a very old association, one that lasted for almost 45 years. We had done a movie together called Ulfat in 1971. It never released, but that’s when we started getting closer. Then I got married. My husband (Kamal Jeet), Sadhana, Yash Johar and a few others, were all part of one group, and gradually our bond became stronger. I then moved to Bengaluru. Meanwhile, her husband passed away, and when I came back to Mumbai, I lost my husband too. Sadhana and I started meeting again quite often and we used to regularly visit each other’s homes. We would even go out for lunches together with Asha (Bhosle), Helen, late Nanda and Shammi.

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Sadhana was a very brave lady. She had a lot of problems in life, but she never complained. She was a very good cook, a very lovely hostess, and a wonderful human being. I will really miss her. We spoke just two days back. I had gone to see Bajirao Mastani and she told me that she wanted to know its report from me. We spoke for almost half an hour. I asked her how she was and why she didn’t come over. She said that her back was hurting and she would come a few days later. I told her in that case I would be busy as I would be out of the city. So, I told her we’d meet next year. She wondered why I said next year, so I reminded her that in just a few more days, the year will come to an end. She spoke very normally, she didn’t even sound sick. This was just so sudden, sad and shocking.

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Sadhana was very beautiful. I used to admire her voice very much; she had a very soft, musical voice. She was a very good actor, and was extremely co-operative. All her producers and directors used to love her. And as a person, she was truly wonderful. I will miss her.

(As told to Shalvi Mangaokar.)

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