The veteran actress Waheeda Rehman, best known for her act in movies like “Pyaasa” and “Guide“, has been chosen to receive the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third top civilian award, on the eve of Republic Day.

Waheeda, presently not in India, was honored the Padma Shri, the fourth highest national award, in 1972. She was born in Muslim family in Tamil Nadu, the 74 year old, famous actress started her assignation with Indian cinema with Telugu movie “Jayasimha” in 1955 and after one year made her debut in Bollywood with “C.I.D“, in which she played a cameo.

She is discovered by Guru Dutt, Waheeda got her big break in her mentor’s “Pyaasa” and later she marked in his cinematic masterpieces like “Kaagaz Ke Phool“, “Chaudhvin Ka Chand” and “Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam“.

Waheeda also played the lead role in “Guide” with Dev Anand. Based on R.K. Narayan’s novel, it is believed to be a notable movie for its screenplay, direction, performances and music. In fact the film grabbed all the main Filmfare awards of the year as well as the actress for her.

She is also known for her dance and one sees her graceful moves in songs like “Paan khaye sainyaan hamaro“, “Kaanton se kheench ke yeh aanchal” and “Piya tose naina“.

She sustained to do different films through the 1970s and 1980s, but after “Lamhe” in 1991, she took a long time off. It was only over a decade later that she came back to the big screen with projects like “Om Jai Jagadish“, “Water“, “Rang De Basanti” and “Delhi 6“. Waheeda won her first National Award for her performance in the 1971 film “Reshma Aur Shera”.

She has won accolades and awards in large numbers during her over five-decade-long movie career including Filmfare best actress trophy for “Neel Kamal” in 1968. She received the Filmfare lifetime achievement award in 1994, and is also a recipient of the NTR National award for 2006.