Oct 10 :Rekha, who can be arguably termed India's Greta Garbo, continues to be
Bollywood's ever-graceful style diva and still sets many a heart aflutter even
as she turns 53 Wednesday.
is a true style diva when it comes depicting the Indian look. She looks fabulous
in the traditional Indian saris. I would say that she brings out the best of Indian
outfits. She carries them very well. But I wouldn't like to see her in a western
outfit," Shantanu of designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil told IANS.
actress, who is synonymous with style and beauty for her fans, surprised many
when she bagged the MTV Lycra Maha Style Icon Award in 2004. In 2006, British
magazine Eastern Eye listed her as one of "Asia's Sexiest Women" in
their September issue.
rare blend of beauty and talent, Rekha also hogs the limelight for her timeless
beauty and mysterious lifestyle. She is quite secretive about her personal life,
lives alone with her secretary Farzana and doesn't socialise much except to attend
manages the media's prying eye tactfully and always keeps her cool.
a very shy person. Unlike what has been insinuated, it's not a strategy to retain
my aura. I'm not trying to live up to any mystery woman image.
might think that I am not married and have no children, the conventional lifestyle
you know, but I see it this way - as long as you are alive, you have a chance
to have a future. At least there is hope," she was quoted as saying.
an actress she evolved with each role she played. Be it a courtesan in Muzaffar
Ali's "Umrao Jaan" or a housewife in "Ijazzat" or a fun-loving
girl in "Khubsoorat", she has always proved her mettle.
watching "Umrao Jaan", nobody could believe that she could barely speak
Hindi when she came to Bollywood as her enunciation of Urdu in the period film
was flawless. She won the National Award for it.
a performer, she is inspiring. It's not only 'Umrao Jaan' but her entire career
and characters that she essayed through her performances that are extremely inspiring,"
Aishwarya Rai said in an interview.
gave memorable performances in "Ghar", "Muqaddar Ka Sikandar",
"Khubsoorat", "Silsila", "Vijeta", "Utsav",
"Khoon Bhari Maang", "Zubeida", "Bhoot" and "Krrish".
she disappointed her fans and critics in Mira Nair's controversial "Kama
Sutra: A Tale of Love" in 1996 and as a wife who turns to prostitution in
"Aastha: In the Prison of Spring" the following year. Many felt it was
the end of her career.
Rekha remained unperturbed by the criticism.
said: "After 'Aastha: In the Prison of Spring' people had a lot to say about
my role of a wife who moonlights as a prostitute. I don't have problems playing
anything. I've reached a stage where I could do justice to any role that came
my way. It could the role of a mother, a sister-in-law, negative, positive, sensational
Bhanurekha Ganesan to well-known Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan and Telugu actress
Pushpavalli, Rekha's personal life has been quite tumultuous. She was born out
of wedlock and was disowned by her father. Her mother later forced her to work
made her first appearance as a child actor in 1966 in a Telugu film "Rangula
Ratnam". Three years later she made her debut as heroine in hit Kannada film
"Goadalli CID 999" with Rajkumar.
1970 she forayed into Hindi films with "Sawan Bhadon", paired opposite
Navin Nishchol. The movie was a huge hit and Rekha became a star overnight.
being overweight, she got many offers and gave hits like "Kahani Kismat Ki"
and "Raampur Ka Lakshman" and there was no looking back.
her heyday she scorched headlines for her link ups with co-actors like Jeetendra,
Vinod Mehra, Kiran Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan.
continues to work and some of her recent releases include "Kudiyon Ka Hai
Zamaana", "Bachke Rehna Re Baba", "Yatra" and "Krrish".