Rekha Birthday Special: The enduring diva of Bollywood, becomes one year older today. Her amazing performances throughout the years have left us in awe, and we continue to be delighted by her arrival. While we have witnessed her talent on cinema, her purported relationship with Amitabh Bachchan has always drawn notice. How did the tale of their purportedly intense love end up in cinema magazines? Rekha: The Untold Story, authored by Yasser Usman, contains a description of an occurrence that allegedly took place in 1977.
Let us give you a brief overview of her past as we celebrate her birthday.
Rekha was born on October 10, 1954 in Madras as Bhanurekha Ganesan. Her father, Gemini Ganesan, never thought of her as his daughter because her parents were not wed. He had rarely ever met her or her family. He had previously fathered six other children from his prior unions.
Rekha never talked about her family because of how she felt about her father. Only until the end of the 1970s did the actress discuss her turbulent upbringing. She questioned whether her father even knew she existed.
When her mother Pushpavalli passed away in 1991, the father and daughter pair developed a strong bond and were frequently observed working out their differences.
Rekha made her acting debut in the 1958 Telugu play “Inti Guttu” at the age of barely one, and the movie was a big success. Following this, in 1968, her mother Pushpavalli urged her to have an acting profession in order to pay the bills.
Rekha made her Bollywood debut in the 1969 movie “Anjana Safar” at the age of 12, however it was in a minor role. In 1970, she landed her first leading part opposite Navin Nischol in the movie “Savan Badhon.” Rekha first gained attention when the movie became a massive hit.
Despite working in a great hit, she nevertheless experienced her fair share of difficulties. She struggled with Hindi because she was South Indian and was frequently made fun of for her dark skin and curvy figure. She had to devote years of attention to her diet and exercises before she became a beauty queen.
She then landed a breakthrough role in the 1976 film “Do Anjane,” which became a great hit in part due to the fact that she co-starred with Amitabh Bachchan and provided an outstanding performance.
She was nominated for her first Filmfare award for best actress in 1978 for the film “Ghar,” in which she portrayed the agony of a rape survivor. She received a lot of praise for doing so.
Their on-screen and off-screen relationship helped their next big hit, “Muqaddar ka Sikandar,” with Amitabh Bachchan, become a worldwide success. She received a nomination for the Filmfare Awards’ Best Supporting Actress category for the same role.
She additionally participated in the 1980 comedy film “Khoobsurat,” which earned her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Her comedic side was shown in the movie.
She attracted attention when, in her next movie, “Silsila,” which was released in 1981, the filmmaker vividly portrayed her real-life story, with Amitabh and Jaya portraying a married couple and Rekha playing the “other lady.” This was her final movie with Big B, and it gained a lot of popularity.
In the same year, she received her first National Award for best actress for the movie “Umrao Jaan,” in which she starred and the audience gasped at her stunning beauty.
She appeared in a number of movies in the late 1980s, including “Kalyug” (1981), “Vijeta” (1982), and “Utsav” (1984), Ijazat (1987).
She won her second Best Actress Filmfare Award in 1988 for the role she portrayed in “Khoon Bhari Mang,” in which she played a character who through a dramatic transformation from a quiet, reserved girl to a vindictive lady. The movie was remade from the Australian film “Return to Eden” and was directed by Rakesh Roshan (1983).
She had a significant decline in her career at the beginning of the 1990s as young actresses took centre stage. Even so, she was able to land roles in numerous movies, including “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love” (1996), “Khiladiyo ka Khiladi” (1996), “Lajja” (2001), and “Zubeidaa” the same year.
Additionally, she appeared in dynamic parts in the 2005 films “Koi Mil Gaya,” “Parineeta,” and “Krishh” (2006).
2010 saw Rekha get her first Padma Shree for her outstanding work in Indian cinema. She last appeared as a cameo in the 2015 film “Shamitabh,” which also starred Amitabh, Dhanush, and Akshara Hasan.
PERSONAL LIFE OF REKHA
Apart from her performances, there is one aspect of her career that has drawn attention: her relationships. Her famous marriage to Amitabh Bachchan was widely publicised in the 1980s and is still in the news today.
We witness her intimidating the “Sindoor Bhari Mang,” which is supposed to be her covert union with Amitabh Bachchan.
She once stunned everyone by making a grand entrance at Neetu and Rishi Kapoor’s wedding while donning a white sari and a dash of sindoor in her hair. Everyone was left thinking about the same thing.
She has been referred to as unlucky in love, yet in 1990, she entered into a brief marriage with a businessman named Mukesh Aggarwal. After only a year, the marriage came to an end when Mukesh died by suicide.
In addition, her alleged romance with seasoned actor Jeetendra was widely publicised. When she first met him, he was already wed to Shobha Kapoor and known as the “home breaker.” Their romance ended quickly.
Rekha was also thought to be wed to Vinod Mehra, but in a 2004 interview with Simi Garewal, she vehemently disputed the rumours.
Imran Khan, Pakistan’s top all-around player, is also rumoured to have dated Rekha. He was rumoured to have loved her so much that he once travelled to Mumbai to see the actress and stayed there for a full month. Regardless, the fumes dissipated and their romance fizzled out quickly.
She was also linked to other actors like Kiran Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, and Akshay Kumar, but none of these connections were ever confirmed.
She is without a doubt one of Bollywood’s best artists, and she has made the best possible contribution to Indian cinema. She will turn 67 this year, yet her beauty will never fade. We rejoice and pray for the queen of Bollywood on her birthday!