Rekha, an ageless beauty, the eternal diva of Bollywood turns 62 today . Noted for her versatility and acknowledged as one of the finest actresses in Hindi cinema, Rekha has managed to cave in the crowd’s attention by starring in more than 150 films in her over 50-year long career in the film industry. However, ever since this Southern beauty entered Bollywood, she has lost none of the mystique and glamour that have made her a figure of national fascination over her many years in the industry. We celebrate her birthday with a journey through her life and times…
Born to Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan and Telugu actress Pushpavalli, with acting in her blood, it was only natural that she should took to the silver screen.
Rekha made her acting debut at the age of 12 in 1966 as Baby Bhanurekha in the Telugu film Rangula Ratnam.
Her first film as a lead actress was Sawan Bhadon in 1970 which was a big hit and Rekha became a star overnight. For the initial few years of her career, Rekha was criticised for her looks but It was only in the late 1970s that she went through a transformation and emerged as a sex symbol… Do Anjaane (1976) was her first performance oriented film and her fans loved her in the new avatar. Her 1978 film Ghar in which she played a rape victim this movie became an important milestone in her career She also received her first Filmfare best actress nomination for the same.
As the legendary actress rekha turns 62, we take a look at her love life specially her alleged affair with Amitabh. Their much-talked about love story always remained a mystery as both the actors never accepted it in public. Presenting you a list of Big-B and Rekha movies
Do Anjaane (1976)
Do Anjaane, drama-thriller film released in 1976, had Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha and Prem Chopra in the movie. Rekha portrayed the role of a successful film actress who sacrifices her husband and family for being famous. Amitabh played the role of man who is cheated by both his wife and also his best friend. The film was a hit at the box office and showcased the acting talents of both the lead actors.
Khoon Pasina, an action-crime film which was released in 1977. It starred Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Rekha and Nirupa Roy in the lead roles. Although it did not boast of an impeccable script, it still turned out to be another ‘blockbuster’ of Amitabh Bachchan. Rekha played the role of AB’s lover who later became his wife and tried to rehabilitate his life as a criminal. She had to dress up as a traditional lady and looked pretty, as usual, in the look.
Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)
Muqaddar Ka Sikander basically revolved around Amitabh Bacchan. Rekha portrayed the role of Zohra, a woman who is desperately in love with Big B. Their intense moments on screen are cherished and still remembered by their fans even today. The film was also the highest grossing film in the year 1978.
Mr. Natwarlal (1979)
Mr. Natwarlal, an action-comedy film about a conman seeking revenge was released in 1979. The film starred Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Ajit Khan and Amjad Khan in the lead roles. Rekha played the role of Shanno, who was the love interest of Natwar in the movie. Amitabh Bacchan gave both amazing comedy and romantic scenes in the movie. They made a lovely couple together and in a very famous song in the movie, “Pardesia”, which was a great hit among their fans.
Last but not the least,
Silsila is far most the best romantic-drama movie from the famous director Yash Chopra. It was the last movie where fans saw Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan together as an onscreen pair. Although, it was an average hit at the box-office but the movie was considered to be one of the best love triangles in the Bollywood industry. Rekha played the role of Chandni and Amitabh as Amit, who undoubtedly dazzled the screen with their romance in this Silsila.