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Waheeda Rehman
Waheeda Rehman
Age: 75
Profession: Actress
New lore: Shooting Dilli 6 in Rajasthan’s sub-zero cold, she sat calmly without heaters or reprieve

IF YOU are Waheeda Rehman, art must necessarily follow life. Her youth spun legends that still persist – great and ill-starred love; great success. But that’s not the only reason Waheedaji can still stop audiences, at 75, with a mere cameo. Her grace operates the coup, not her back story. She is more selective with her films now, but Rakeysh Mehra, who directed her in Rang De Basanti and Dilli 6, says, “She has a timeless quality. In her mind she is very young. She never asks for special concessions. I never saw her miss a beat or come even two minutes late for a call time.” Mumbai may be home, but when she’s not acting, farming in Bengaluru is her passion.

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Shoma Chaudhury is Managing Editor, Tehelka, a weekly newsmagazine widely respected for its investigative and public interest journalism. Earlier she had worked with The Pioneer, India Today, and Outlook. In 2000, she left Outlook to join Tarun Tejpal, and was among the team that started Tehelka.com. When Tehelka was forced to close down by the government after its seminal story on defence corruption, she was one of four people who stayed on to fight and articulate Tehelka‘s vision and relaunch it as a national weekly.

Shoma has written extensively on several areas of conflict in India – people vs State; the Maoist insurgency, the Muslim question, and issues of capitalist development and land grab. She has won several awards, including the Ramnath Goenka Award and the Chameli Devi Award for the most outstanding woman journalist in 2009. In 2011, Newsweek (USA) picked her as one of 150 power women who “shake the world”. In May 2012, she also won the Mumbai Press Club Award for best political reporting. She lives in Delhi and has two sons.