To most of us,who are fans of Hindi movies and love all things Bollywood-ian, the actress Rekha has remained an enigma.She has been called The Diva of Bollywood,A sex-symbol and what not ! The saddest part, according to me,is that somehow,she has remained unlucky in love.Her much publicized and maligned “affairs’ and “relationships” with AB and Vinod Mehra have been written about at length in gossip columns.She has wisely remained silent about her unrequited love .She had married one industrialist Mukesh Agarwal in 1990,but that did not work out and he reportedly committed suicide in 1991.
She has won several Filmfare,National and Lifetime Achievement awards for mainstream cinema as well as the so called ‘art’ or ‘parallel’ cinema.For those who would like to know more about her can go the following link:
Continuing my journey into my “affairs” with “filmy” magazines,I today refer to another topic of “Controversy” which was given to the readers of Star & Style sometime in October 1976.
The topic was :” CAN REKHA BE NUMBER 1 IF SHE TAKES HER CAREER SERIOUSLY ?”
I had sent my response to this controversy and the same was published in Star & Style issue dated November 5th 1976 (with Uttam Kumar on the cover) This is what I wrote :
REKHA can certainly make it to the top provided she takes her career seriously.She has given flashes of her acting talent in some movies like “Sawan Bhadon”,”Namak Haram”, and ” Dharam Karam”.
Merely acting as the ‘sex-symbol’ or “oomph gal’ behaving in a most immature way,getting in the gossip columns with every Kin Kin,Vin Vin and Bin Bin,making cheap sensational criticism about colleagues are not the sure steps to success.She must make firm resolutions of not repeating those ‘ moody’ ,’ vanishing’ acts of hers and leaving poor producers in a jam.She should try to become a ‘gentle lady ‘ and stop all her unlady like mannerisms!
By the laws of simple geometry,I’d like to point out that: ‘Rekha’ meaning ” line ” should try to reach the top ‘bindu'(point)-or zenith of her career,by (a) draping her “curves” for a change, (b) not involving herself into “Triangles’ and (c) not trying to prove that she’s greater than or equal to Neetu or Zeenat.
She should pay more attention to solid acting rather than those invitingly liquid eyes,heaving bosoms or wiggling hips of hers.This is the surest step to reach the top and once there,she should work equally hard to maintain it,since,it is very difficult to climb the mountain,but very easy to fall,if one isn’t careful to watch his step. Adieu !
” Jeetu Broca”
” Jeetu Broca”
As said earlier,I did not get paid for such contributions,but it felt good to know that ” I have ‘arrived’ ” in such elite magazines,read by many, and having a large following !! What do you say dear readers ??
For those who want to see her song from Umrao Jaan click on or go to:
Here is a link to one of the most beautiful songs picturised on Rekha and much talked about ” silsila” (affair) with Amitabh Bachchan :
I’ll end on that note.Close your eyes and think about this ravishing dusky beauty, who at the age of 55 (?) still continues to rule the hearts of many !!