Happy Birthday Rekha: Asha Bhosle may have sung this famous song of Umrao Jaan, ‘In Aankhon Ki Masti Ke Mastane Hazaron Hai’, but the first thing that comes to the mind of those who listen to it is the charming face of the most beautiful actress of the film world, Rekha.
Rekha was born on October 10, 1954 in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. Of course, Rekha has turned 67 on her birthday, but her beauty is still considered evergreen.
Rekha was not happy with the fame and recognition she got. Rekha had said in a show that she did not want to become an actress at the age of 13. But perhaps his fate had something else approved. Rekha’s mother Pushpavalli was an actress in Tamil films. When her mother’s career took a downturn, the entire family went into debt. As a child, Rekha had to leave school and work in films to pay off the debt. He started working in Tamil films. When small Rekha used to get tired of working and refused to work, her brother used to beat her. After hard work, his career was always at the peak of success. Not only this, Rekha was earlier teased by calling her a black and a sample, but Rekha decided that she would not stop.
In 1968, Rekha’s first Telugu film as a heroine was Rangula Ratlam.In 1970, Rekha got her first break in Bollywood in the film ‘Sawan Bhado’, this film proved to be a superhit.
In the film ‘ Anjana Safar ‘ itself, she was forced to do a kissing scene with the hero Biswajit. He did not know about this scene beforehand. His eyes were moist during this scene which lasted for about 5 minutes. The censor board tried to remove this scene. After which the matter reached the court and the court formed the Khosla committee. Who said after investigation that the kissing scene is a personal matter of 2 people. If both of them have no objection to it, then no third should have either. This scene later became a part of a famous magazine and Rekha got a lot of publicity.
Rekha was a big fan of Jitendra and Mumtaz. To see Jitendra’s shooting, he had also eaten police sticks. Talking about Rekha and not mentioning Amitabh Bachchan, it is impossible. Do you know that Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan had signed the film ‘Duniya Ka Mela’ together for the first time but Amitabh was fired from this film because his initial films were flops.
In 1976, during the shooting of Do Anjaane, the news of Amitabh-Rekha’s affair started coming out. After which such news started making a place at the top of the headlines of every film magazine. The success of films like ‘Khoon Pasina’, ‘Ganga Ki Saugandh’, ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’ and ‘Mr Natwarlal’ made them Bollywood’s most famous couple.
Uproar over Rekha applying vermilion
In 1980, when Rekha arrived at Rishi Kapoor- Neetu ‘s reception with vermilion in demand, there was a ruckus. Seeing the vermilion in demand, the people present there started speculating that maybe Rekha got married. 1984 in Filmfare magazine to the interviews in line who said ‘ my things from one to any particular matter does not fall because I other woman would . ”
Rekha was honored with many awards:
1981: Filmfare Award for Best Actress for the film ‘ Khoobsurat ‘.
1982: Film ‘Umrao Jaan’ – National Film Award for Best Actress.
1985: Film ‘Utsav’ – Bengal Film Correspondent Association Award for Best Hindi Actress.
1989: Film ‘Khoon Bhari Maang’ – Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
1997: Film ‘Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi’, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress and Star Screen Award for Best Villain.
2003: Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.
2004: Film- ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ – Bollywood Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.
2010: Padma Shri Award in.
2016: Life Time Achievement Award at Dubai International Film Festival.
2018: Lux Golden Rose Awards in Mumbai.
2018: ANR National Award.