On her way to school each morning, all that could have possibly been on Rekha’s mind was homework, play time in the evening, what’s for lunch etc just like any other normal school kid. She had never dreamt of being an actor. But destiny had other plans for this young lady. Born to a Tamil actor Gemini Ganeshan and Telugu actress Pushpavalli, Bhanurekha Ganeshan had to quit studies and become an actress due to financial constraint.
Rekha had a tough time during the initial days of her career. Due to her dusky complexion and extra weight and her inability to speak Hindi, Rekha was criticized and nobody thought she could make it big in the industry. But this lady was determined to prove everything wrong. She shed those extra pounds, learnt to speak Hindi and went through a major transformation from being Bhanurekha to the eternal beauty Rekha.
Rekha went on to deliver back to back hits like Sawan Bhadon (her debut in Bollywood), Namak Haraam, Dharam Karam, Khoon Paseena, Immaan Dharam, Ghar, Muqqadar Ka Sikander, Mr. Natwarlal etc.
Rekha is famous for her affair with Amitabh Bachchan. Her secret love affair with Big B was revealed which brought Rekha unwanted attention and criticism for being in a relationship with a married actor. Amitabh Bachchan and his wife Jaya Bhaduri (Bachchan) were seen together with Rekha in the film Silsila which was their last film together.
Rekha was married to Businessman Mukesh Agarwal who committed suicide a year after their marriage. At that time Rekha was in the U.S. This was one of the most toughest times of her life. Rekha was also believed to have married actor Vinod Mehra, but she denied this in an interview years later.
Ages after the whole ‘extra-marital’ affair controversy with Big B, Rekha and Jaya Bachchan came face to face in the parliament as members of Rajya Sabha. The two seem to have let bygones be bygones are are nice to each other.
Rekha’s journey hasn’t been an easy one but is definitely heart touching. We wish this beauty a very happy birthday and pray for God’s choicest blessings upon her.