Waheeda Rehman is unarguably one of the finest actresses the Hindi film industry has ever seen. Born and brought up in Tamil Nadu, she is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer and initially wanted to become a doctor but destiny had something else in store for her. Now, recently the veteran actress appeared as a special guest on the popular reality TV show, ‘Dance Deewane 3’, and opened up about the hurdles she faced before she was accepted as a student by her Bharatanatyam teacher. The ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ star revealed that when she was in Chennai, she wanted to learn Bharatanatyam from a renowned teacher, Guru Tiruchendur Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai. However, he refused to take her under his wings at first. Recalling the whole incident, she said, ‘I had told a friend that I want to learn the dance form the renowned Guru. He refused to teach me. ‘But why can’t you teach?’ ‘Because she is a Muslim.’ ‘But what does it have to do with being a Muslim or a Christian?’ ‘No, she won’t be able to emote the nuances of padam and varmans. She added, ‘but, I was adamant, kept sending my friend to him, my mother’s friend. Then he asked, ‘okay, bring her kundali.’ We said that in our culture, the concept of kundali isn’t there. He said, ‘okay, this could be a problem. You give me her birth date and I shall make it.’ After he made it, he said, ‘oh, this is astonishing. The kundali reveals she will be my last and best student’. Now, talking about the personal front, after decades of on-screen performances, the actress is now enjoying her time behind the camera. She had been pursuing wildlife photography and even hosted an exhibition showcasing her photography skills.