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Waheeda all praise for Aparna Sen!

Waheeda Rehman

By HT

New Delhi, March 31 -- It's been 10 years since Waheeda Rehman acted in a regional film. But now, she's back to the film circuit of Bengal with one of her favourite directors, Aparna Sen, with whom she worked in the National Award-winning bilingual, 15 Park Avenue, back in 2005.

Their film together is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, in which the evergreen diva plays the endearing 'Dadijaan'. And the excitement in her eyes to be doing what she does best, is evident.

"Aparna was insistent. I didn't want to do it (this film). I was nervous of delivering so many dialogues in Bengali. She asked me to leave it on her and that she will manage. So, I left it to her. It's always a pleasure to work with Aparna. She is a wonderful director and a person," says Waheeda, who has won critical acclaim with her performances in black and white classics such as Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) and Eastman colour hits like Guide (1965).

She was last seen on screen in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Delhi 6 (2009). Ask her if she remembers the first time she met Sen and she says, "You know, sometime people just gel. Aparna spoke to me over the phone for 15 Park Avenue and said Shabana (Azmi) is there, and I knew Shabana well. Even before she could finish narration, I said, 'okay I'll do the film'. Our first meeting was a long time ago and Aparna was warm and friendly. It was easy and comfortable working with her."