Daughter of Gemini Ganesan and Pushpavalli born in 1954. She was obese and plump in her first films in the early 70s but underwent a spectacular transformation and became the ageless icon of beauty and glamour of Bollywood. In 1996, Rekha played the teacher of the Kama Sutra in the controversial film Kama Sutra: A Tale Of Love. She does yoga every day to maintain her ageless look. Is a follower of Wicca. She formed a popular screen couple with Amitabh Bachchan.

Rekha did her first film as a child artist was “Rangula Ratnam” which was in Telugu language. As an actress she performed her first film in Kannada was “Goadalli CID 999” released in 1969 with the actor Dr. Rajkumar. In 1970, Rekha’s two films were released such as “Amma Kosam” (in Telugu) and “Sawan Bhadon” (in Hindi). Sawan Bhadon was her first hit film and she became star. She was a glamorous girl and did many films. Some of them were Raampur Ka Lakshman, Kahani Kismat Ki and Pran Jaaye Par Vachan Na Jaaye.

From 1978, turning point came when she performed role in the movie “Ghar” with the actor Vinod Mehara. She got first Filmfare nomination for best actress for that film. She performed “Muqaddar Ka Sikandar” during same year and film was big hit film of the year. In this film she played opposite to Amitabh Bachchan.

After Muqaddar Ka Sikandar she performed many films with the Bachchan and gave many hit films. The pair of Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha was much hit on box office but their relationship in personal life also very famous in media. But their relationship was ended in the year 1981 when they performed together in film “Silsila” directed by Yash Chopra. Rekha maintained herself because of yoga, a healthy diet, and disciplined life.

In 1981, she gave hit film “Umrao Jaan” in which she played role of young girl who is hijacked and sold to brothel. She received National Award for this film. Her role from this film was very famous. In the year 1981 others films were also released such as “Kaliyug” directed by Shyam Benegal, “Baseraa” directed by Talwar and “Ek Hi Bhool” with actor Jeetendra. She performed in art films also such as Jeevan Dhaara, Ijaazat and Utsav.

She likes to take risks. She was one of from those actresses who played leading role in actress oriented films. Actress oriented films were Khubsoorat, Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye and Khoon Bhari Maang.

Her recent films after 2001 are “Lajja” directed by Rajkumar Santoshi and performed with Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor and Manisha Koirala, “Dil Hai Tumhara” directed by kundan Shaha and performed with Preity Zinta and Mahima Choudhari, “Zubeida” directed by Shyam Benegal, “Koi.. Mil Gaya” directed by Rakesh Roshan and co-stars Hritik Roshan and Preity Zinta.

Rekha got married with Mukesh Agarawal who was a businessman in Delhi but he did suicide in 1991. In the 1973 he married with Vinod Mehara but he also died. Now days she is living with the secretary named as Farzana in the Bandra.

 

Films  Done By Rekha 

  • 1958 Inti Guttu Child actress Telugu film
  • 1966 Rangula Ratnam Child actress Telugu film
  • 1969 Operation Jackpot Nalli C.I.D 999 Mona Debut lead role Kannada film
  • 1970 Sawan Bhadon Chanda Debut film in Hindi
  • 1970 Amma Kosam Gita Telugu film
  • 1971 Haseenon Ka Devata Sunita/Chabili
  • 1971 Elaan Mala Mehta / Mary
  • 1971 Dost Aur Dushman Special Appearance
  • 1972 Zameen Aasmaan Kalpana
  • 1973 Sazaa Special Appearance
  • 1973 Gora Aur Kala Phoolwati
  • 1973 Mehmaan Sheela
  • 1974 Woh Main Nahin Anjali
  • 1975 Zorro Rajkumari Rekha
  • 1976 Suntan Sarita
  • 1976 Khalifa Rekha
  • 1976 Kabeela Shobha
  • 1976 Do Anjaane Rekha Roy/Sunita Devi
  • 1976 Aaj Ka Mahaatma Mala
  • 1976 Nagin Sunita
  • 1977 Saal Solvan Chadya Wedding entertainer
  • 1977 Ram Bharose Kiran
  • 1977 Kachcha Chor Asha
  • 1978 Saawan Ke Geet
  • 1978 Ram Kasam
  • 1978 Rahu Ketu Tulsi
  • 1978 Parmatma Deepa
  • 1978 Muqaddar
  • 1978 Karmayogi Rekha
  • 1978 Bhola Bhala Champa
  • 1979 Muqabla Qawwali singer
  • 1979 Ahinsa Radha
  • 1979  Gol Maal Guest Appearance (herself)
  • 1979 Naya Bakra Qawwali singer Guest Appearance
  • 1980 Ram Balram Shobha
  • 1980 Maang Bharo Sajana Radha
  • 1980 Khubsoorat Manju Dayal Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
  • 1980 Judaai Gauri Singh/Gauri S. Verma Nomination, Filmfare Best Actress Award
  • 1981 Umrao Jaan Amiran/Umrao Jaan Winner, National Film Award for Best Actress
  • 1981 Saajan Ki Saheli Moon-Moon Dhawan
  • 1981 Chehre Pe Chehra Daisy
  • `1981 Kalyug Supriya
  • 1982 Vijeta Neelima
  • 1982 Mehndi Rang Layegi
  • 1982  Ghazab Jamuna
  • `1`982 Jeevan Dhaara Sangeeta Shrivastav Nomination, Filmfare Best Actress Award
  • 1982Raaste Pyar Ke Gauri
  • 1982  Apna Bana Lo Roopadevi
  • 1982 Deedar-E-Yaar Husna
  • 1983 Prem Tapasya Bela
  • 1983 Nishaan Rita
  • 1983 Film Hi Film Special Appearance
  • 1983 Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye Shakuntala Nomination, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
  • 1983 Agar Tum Na Hote Purnima Mehra / Radha Bedi
  • 1984 Bindiya Chamkegi Radha
  • 1985 Ram Tere Kitne Nam Mrs. Radha Aloknath Gupta
  • 1986 Sadaa Suhagan Laxmi
  • 1986 Musafir
  • 1986 Insaaf Ki Awaaz Inspector Jhansi Rani
  • 1986 Jaal Amita S. Singh / Meenabai
  • 1986 Locket Shalu
  • 1986 Janbaaz item number Special Appearance in song “Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo”
  • 1987 Pyar Ki Jeet Soni
  • 1987 Ijaazat Sudha
  • 1987 Apne Apne Sharda R. Kapoor
  • 1987 Sansar Uma V. Sharma
  • 1987 Jaan Hatheli Pe
  • 1987 Khazana Anita Mathur
  • 1988 Soorma Bhopali Drunk Woman Special Appearance
  • 1988 Khoon Bhari Maang Aarti Verma/Jyoti Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
  • 1988 Ek Naya Rishta Aarti Saxena
  • 1988 Biwi Ho To Aisi Shalu Mehra
  • 1989 Kasam Suhaag Ki
  • 1990 Sheshnaag Champa
  • 1990 Mera Pati Sirf Mera Hai Sharda Dayal Sharma
  • 1990 Azaad Desh Ke Gulam Bharti Bhandari
  • 1990 Amiri Garibi Sona
  • 1990 Aag Ka Darya
  • 1991 Yeh Aag Kab Bujhegi
  • 1991 Phool Bane Angaray Namrata Singh Nomination, Filmfare Best Actress Award
  • 1992 Insaaf Ki Devi Sadhana S. Verma
  • 1993 Geetanjali Anjali Mehra/Geeta S. Bhardwaj
  • 1994 Madam X Madam X / Sonu Double role
  • 1995 Nishana
  • 1995 Ab Insaf Hoga Jankidevi Prasad
  • 1996 Aurat Aurat Aurat Sita Vajpai
  • 1996 Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi Maya Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
  • 1996 Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love Rasa Devi, teacher of the Kama Sutra
  • 1997 Aastha: In the Prison of Spring Mansi
  • 1997 Udaan Varsha Sahay
  • 1998 Qila Yamini
  • 1999 Mother Asha Britannia
  • 2000 Bulandi Lakshmi
  • 2001 Zubeidaa Maharani Mandira Devi
  • 2001 Censor Ms. Shrivastav (Censor Board Member)
  • 2001 Mujhe Meri Biwi Se Bachaao Kamini Mathur
  • 2001 Lajja Ramdulaari Nomination, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
  • 2002 Dil Hai Tumhaara Saritaji
  • 2003 Bhoot Sarita
  • 2003 Koi… Mil Gaya Sonia Mehra Nomination, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
  • 2005 Bachke Rehna Re Baba Rukmini/Richa/Gurpreet
  • 2005 Parineeta Moulin Rouge singer Special Appearance in song “Kaisi Paheli Zindagaani”
  • 2006 Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana Mayuri
  • 2006 Krrish Sonia S. Mehra Nomination, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
  • 2007 Yatra Lajwanti
  • 2007 Om Shanti Om As Rekha herself
  • 2010 Sadiyaan Amrit
  • 2013 Krrish 3 Sonia Mehra
  • 2014 Super Nani Bharti Bhatia
  • 2015 Shamitabh Herself
  • 2018 Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se Special Appearance in Rafta Rafta Medley Song

 

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