Most of the world know Rekha as Amitabh Bachchan’s life-long lover (thanks to the rumours and their chemistry in ‘Silsila’, ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’, Mr Natwarlal’ to name a few). But you can’t deny that she is a fierce, sexy, elusive actresses with a kind of a vulnerability that she showcases through her roles.
Very few know about how the actress is in real life. In 2003, when film journalist Anupama Chopra, visited Rekha, she wrote that while tabloids had portrayed her as a reclusive woman twisted bitter by lecherous men and loneliness, in reality Rekha was none of that; she described her as chatty and curious, excited and energetic, cheerful and almost illegally optimistic.
To understand the evergreen actress better, journalist/film commentator and author Yasser Usman came out with a biographic on the diva, ‘Rekha: The Untold Story’, which chronicles her life and days in Bollywood, with everything little secret revealed; from her alleged affair with Amitabh Bachchan to the suicide of her husband Mukesh Agarwal to why she wears sindoor and mangalsutra everywhere.
But as the sultry actress turns older today, take a look movies that made her so popular today.
– Saloni Dhruv, images from Movie Talkies and Getty