Evergreen Bollywood Diva Rekha, who is known for her entrancing execution in movies like ‘Umrao Jaan’ and ‘Silsila’, turned 62 today. Noted for her flexibility and recognized as one of the finest on-screen characters in Hindi silver screen, Rekha has figured out how to cave in the crowd’s attention by featuring in more than 150 movies in her more than 50-year long profession in the film business.
Rekha, who was regarded with the Padma Shri in 2010, had begun off as a town debutante and afterward a provocative siren to a mother to the lead performer. Rekha has done it all.
Rekha was born Bhanurekha Ganesan 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.
However, it wasn’t easy. The actress has led a controversial life and it began with her birth.
Rekha’s parents were not married and her father Gemini Ganesan refused to acknowledge her. On her part, Rekha kept her identity secret and revealed her origins and the story of her father’s neglect much later in her career. She was famously estranged from her father after she made it big and ignored his attempts at reconciliation. Gemini Ganesan already had four daughters with his first wife, Alamelu. He had a second daughter with Pushpavalli, and another daughter and a son with second wife Savitri. Rekha has one sister, five half-sisters and a half-brother.
Despite her new-found stardom, Rekha’s first few years in Bollywood were harrowing. She struggled with the Hindi language and was bewildered by the barrage of criticism about her dark complexion, voluptuous figure and ‘South Indian looks’. It took a complete reinvention of her image, helped by a strict regime of diet and yoga, for Rekha to be acknowledged as one of Bollywood’s beauties
In the greater part of the photos, the ‘Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love’ star oozes immortal style in scopes of sarees and hairdos that Indian silver screen will constantly relate her with. Credited as Baby Bhanurekha in the Telugu film Rangula Ratnam (1966), Rekha made her acting debut at age 12. Rekha made her Bollywood debut in 1969 with the movie Anjana Safar (later retitled Do Shikari). She bagged her first role as a lead actress in Sawan Bhadon (1970) opposite Navin Nischol.
The film was a big hit and Rekha became a star overnight.
This Bollywood diva is a genuine design symbol even at this point. From her tasteful provocative outfits to Kanjeevaram sarees, Rekha has demonstrated that she is a perfect delight.