Rekha: Bollywood Diva turns 69 today…

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By Filmi Khan

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Rekha, whenever we heard this name we always think timeless beauty. Her real name is Bhanurekha Ganesan. She is one of the most iconic and versatile actresses in the Hindi cinema. Her acting career spans several decades, and she is known for her remarkable acting prowess and enduring beauty.

Rekha was born on October 10, 1954, in Chennai, India. She was born into a family with a strong connection to the film industry. Her father, Gemini Ganesan, was a prominent actor in Tamil and Telugu cinema, while her mother, Pushpavalli, was a Telugu actress. However, Rekha’s parents were not married, and her childhood was marked by several challenges, including financial difficulties.

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Rekha’s entry into the film industry was unplanned and came at a very young age. She made her acting debut as a child artist in the Telugu film “Inti Guttu” in 1958. Her initial roles went unnoticed, and she faced several challenges in her early career. Later she appeared in another Telugu film “Rangula Ratnam” (1966) at the age of 12. Rekha’s first Hindi film was “Sawan Bhadon” in 1970, which earned her attention and recognition. In this film she appeared with another debutant Naveen Nischol.However, her initial years in the industry were challenging, as she faced criticism for her looks and lack of fluency in Hindi.

Rekha’s transformation from an awkward newcomer to a stunning diva is one of the most remarkable journeys in Bollywood. Rekha underwent a remarkable transformation in the mid-1970s, which became a turning point in her career. She adopted a new glamorous look, including a change in hairstyle and wardrobe. She worked hard on her acting skills and her physical appearance, which included adopting a more glamorous and sophisticated image. Her dedication paid off, and she became a sought-after actress in the 1970s.

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Some of her notable films during this period include “Gora Kala,” Rampur ka Lakshman,” (1972), “Dharma,” “Namak Haraam” (1973), “Do Ajnabi” (1976), “Muqaddar Ka Sikandar” (1978), “Mr. Natwarlal” (1979), “Raam Balram,” Khoobsurat” (1980), “Umraojaan,” “Silsila” (1981), “Khoon Bhari Mang” (1988), “Phool Bane Angarey” (1991), “Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi” (1996), “Bulandi” (2000), “Zubeida” (2001), “Bhoot,” “Koi Mil Gaya” (2003), “Parinita” (2005), and “Krish” (2006),  Her performances in these films earned critical acclaim and solidified her status as a leading lady in the industry.

Rekha has been private about her personal life, and there have been controversies and speculations regarding her relationships. She was married to businessman Mukesh Agarwal in 1990, but the marriage was short-lived, and tragically, her husband passed away. She has remained single since then and is known for her independent and self-reliant lifestyle.

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One of Rekha’s strengths as an actress is her versatility. She has portrayed a wide range of roles, from traditional to modern, and has excelled in both serious and comic roles. Her ability to adapt to different characters earned her numerous awards and accolades, including several Filmfare Award.

Rekha is not only admired for her acting but also for her unique and timeless sense of style. She is known for her stunning silk sarees, exquisite jewelry, and impeccable fashion choices. Her iconic look has made her a fashion icon and a trendsetter in the Indian film industry.

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Rekha’s contributions to Indian cinema have been significant. She is considered one of the finest actresses in Bollywood history and continues to be an inspiration to aspiring actors. Her enduring beauty, talent, and charisma have made her a beloved figure in the world of Indian entertainment.

Despite the challenges she faced early in her career, Rekha’s determination, talent, and transformation into a legendary actress have solidified her place as one of the most iconic and respected figures in Indian cinema. Her films continue to be cherished by audiences, and she remains a symbol of grace and elegance in the industry.

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