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A tribute to Rehman: An actor who was loved and admired for his negative roles

Remembering the genius of a distinguished artiste…

Whether it is the distinctive Chenoy Seth of Waqt or the suave, sophisticated Mr.Ghosh, the publisher in Pyaasa; the debauched and insensitive Zamindar (Chhote Sarkar) of Sahib Bibi aur Gulam or Nawab of Chaudvin ka Chaand, Said Rehman Khan, known popularly as Rehman, played these roles with an exquisite finesse. His artistic genius remains unsurpassed, till date.

This actor, whose 98 birth anniversary falls today (June 23), was a huge favourite with film makers and audiences in the 1950s and 1960s. Although he began as a hero with films like (1948) and (1949), Rehman went on to play character roles, many of them with negative shades. In and , his heroine was the beautiful Suraiya.

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