Rehman (23 June 1921–5 November 1984) was a film actor whose career spanned from the late 1940s through to the late 1970s. He was an integral part of the Guru Dutt team, and most known for his roles in films such as Pyar ki Jeet, Badi Behen, Pyaasa (1957), Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960), Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962), Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya, Chhoti Bahen, and Waqt (1965).
After college (1942), he joined the Royal Indian Air Force and trained at Poona as a pilot. The Air Force didn’t appeal to him and soon left for a career in films at Bombay. He is best known for his suave sophisticated roles, which suited his personality. His movie career started with a job as third assistant director to Vishram Bedekar at the studios in Pune. Vishram needed an Afghan who could tie a Pashtun turban on one of his characters. Rehman could do that, being a Pashtun, and that brought him to the screen for some lead roles. One of his major hits as hero was Pyar Ki Jeet with Suraiya, and “Ek Dil Ke Tukade Hazar Hue, Koi Yahan Gira, Koi Wahan Gira” was a major hit. Badi Behen was another big hit with Suraiya. He was also interested in marrying Suraiya, along with many other suitors, though she was adamant in wanting to marry Dev Anand.
Initially he played lead roles, but as time passed and his hair turned grey, he accepted character roles and made his mark in some hit films; Chaudhvin Ka Chand and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (where he played a debauched zamindar, Chhote Sarkar), and Waqt were some of his memorable roles, the first two with Guru Dutt, famous actor, producer, director. He was a regular in Guru Dutt films (Pyaasa). They were old friends from the days they were trying to break into films. Rehman also did key roles in Baharon Ki Manzil, Gomti ke Kinare, Dushman and Holi Ayi Re. Rehman received four Filmfare nominations as Best Supporting Actor for Phir Subah Hogi (1958), Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960), Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962) and Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya (1966).