Actress Rekha’s biography, which was released recently, has revealed many intimate details of her life, providing a glimpse into the troubled life the actress lived. Rekha: The Untold Story, written by Yasser Usman, speaks of a life that is as disturbing and tumultuous as her public image is. She started her career in the films at the age of 15, with Anjana Safar, where she was required to kiss its star Biswajeet Chatterjee, in a scene that she was never briefed about. Rekha went on to have a soaring career, but a troubled life, which included a highly talked about affair with one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, a marriage to businessman Mukesh Agarwal which hit the rocks soon, and led to the businessman, who had been suffering from chronic depression, committing suicide and a national witch hunt which followed, with the media and industry haunting the actress.
Though tragic, Rekha’s life story mirrors that of many other actresses in the industry. We take a look at some of our yesteryear’s stars who have battled depression, abuse, alcoholism, and have led troubled lives: