Mumbai, Nov 16: Always willing to take chances, Waheeda Rehman experimented with unconventional roles in films such as "Guide" and "Teesri Kasam". She sees a reflection of herself in Vidya Balan, who has also shown great chutzpah in selecting her films.
Asked who among the current lot was like her, the screen legend said: "I'll say Vidya Balan."
"I also used to choose different movies. I never stuck to 'one good girl in love' (kind of role) and Vidya does the same thing," Waheeda told IANS in an interview.
"I had the guts to do 'Guide'. At that time, they told me not to do it because it was a vamp's role. I did 'Mujhe Jeene Do' and 'Teesri Kasam'. I wanted to take a chance and even Vidya is doing that now," she said.
The graceful 76-year-old thespian follows the same maxim even today.
The reason why she has taken up nothing after Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's 2009 release "Delhi 6": "The role should excite me. It must contribute to the movie...not just like standing there. That's not exciting. What kind of role is difficult to say. Even if it is an elderly role, it must contribute. I don't want to be there for the sake of being there," Waheeda told IANS.