Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Rekha is acclaimed as one of the finest actresses of Bollywood which she attained with hard work, self control,love for her career,aspiration and determination.During the early years of her career as a new heroine of Hindi Cinema she was looked upon as a dirty duckling since she was not up to the mark like other South Indian female Stars.She had  dark complexion and a was a plump figure which did not suit for Bollywood beauty concept.Rekha determined for a thorough change, for which she had to undergo strict diet control, did severe exercises like Yoga, got trained in Hindi language etc and the overall transformation was unbelievable.She concentrated on make-up also and eventually she was looked upon as an enchanting Angel.
Rekha's original name is Bhanurekha Ganesan and she is the daughter of South Indian film Yesteryear Superstar Gemini Ganesan and Telugu film Actress Pushpavally.She was born  on 10 Oct 1954.

She entered Telugu film Industry at the age of twelve in 1966 and in to Hindi films in 1970.She had a Telugu film released in the year 1970 and along with that Bollywood film 'Sawan Bhadon' also released which was a hit film and Rekha became a star in Hindi films.She was considered as a glamour girl only initially which she changed with an overall transformation.She astonished everybody with her new figure and versatile acting talent.She was willing to work hard to attain her goals. For the natural performance in the film 'Umrao Jaan' she took the pains to study Urdu language which she handled with ease later on.
She was admired for her excellent performance in the film 'Ghar' ,'Muqqader ka Sikkander' etc and entered in to the hearts of film lovers.

She appeared in so many good films with Amitabh Bachchan up to 1981 and the last film of them as a pair was Yash Chopra's 'Silsila'.
In 1981 she starred in the famous film 'Umrao Jaan' which handled a theme of  19 th century.In the title role as a Courtesan and poetess she got accolades 
and obtained National Award for Best Actress from Government of India.
Her first  Filmfare Award was in 1980 for the film 'Khoob Soorat' which was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
Film 'Ek Hi Phool' in 1981 with Jeetendra also got good appreciation .
Rekha loved to act in parallel cinema which are realistic films and her performances in films like Shyam Benegal's Kalyug, Nihalani's Vijetha, Gulzar's  
'Ijaazat' etc are unmemorable.
She dared to do any kind of roles which were difficult to portray and was brilliant in films like 'Khoon Bhari Mang' ,  'Kamasutra- A tale of Love', and 
'Khiladiyon ka Khiladi' etc.
Rekha's versaile acting talent was initially well noted for her appearance as a greedy wife in the film 'Do Anjane' opposite Amitabh Bachchan in 1976 which became a hit film.
'Aalap'  which was also  a film of Amitabh-Rekha pair directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee earned appreciation.In 1977 'Khoon Pasina' which was a film of Amitabh,Rekha and Vinod Khanna  directed by Prakash Mehra earned good accolades.In 1978 'Ghar' produced by N.N.Sippy and directed by Manik Chatterjee highlighted Rekha's versatile acting talents.
In 78 Muqqader ka Sikkander, in which Amitabh Bachchan,Rekha,Vinod Mehra,Amjad Khan etc acted  and  was directed by Prakash Mehra became third biggest grosser after 'Sholay' and 'Bobby.'
'Prem Bandhan' which was directed by Ramanand Sagar in 79 became a successful hit film and helped to regain the 'Superstar' popularity for 'Rajesh Khanna'.
'Kalgug' directed by Shyam Benegal in 81 dealt with a  theme of rivalry between two business houses.Shashi Kapoor,Rekha,Raj Babbar etc were in the cast.
Rekha is nominated member of 'Rajya Sabha'  at present.
Selected Filmography
Sawan Bhadon
Rampur ka Lakshman
Namak Haram
Dharam Karam
Khoon Pasina
Ganga ki Sougandh
Muqqadar ka Sikkander
Prem Bhandan
Jani Dushman
Khoob Soorat
Ek Hi Phool
Jeevan Dhara 
Mujhe Insaf Chahiye
Agar Tum Na Hote
Pyar ki Jeet
Khoon Bhari Maang
Biwi Ho To Aisi
Khiladiyon ka Khiladi
Kama Sutra-A tale of Love

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