The two legends, Rekha and Amitabh, share their birthdays close to each other just like their relationship, on October 10 and October 11 respectively.
Who isn’t aware of the bond that the two had with each other? We have seen them engage in sizzling chemistry on-screen as well as off-screen. But their love affair continues to be a mystery like Rekha’s Sindoor is also a mystery itself.
Though the reports say they were both passionate for each other, we have only seen Rekha being vocal about the same while Amitabh has kept this a secret.
When Rekha called Big B ‘Old-Fashioned’
In one of her interviews, Rekha said, “Amit Ji is an old-fashioned man. He never likes to hurt anyone, then why would he hurt his wife? He never went public about our relationship and kept quiet because of his image, his family, his children and it is a good thing”.
Amitabh Bachchan was already married before falling in love with Rekha
Do you know? Amitabh Bachchan was already married to Jaya when all of this started? Rekha was tagged the ‘other woman’ in his life and this was not for the first time that she had to face this. It was also the same with Jeetendra when he was already married to Shobha Kapoor and his affair with Rekha was rife.
Amitabh and Rekha never spoke about their relationship in the beginning. It is rumored that the couple used to meet at one of their friend’s bungalow. No one knew about their secret fling until one day when during their shoot for ‘Ganga ki Saugandh’ (1978), Big B lost his temper seeing a co-actor misbehaving with Rekha.
This is when the world came to know of their secret affair. Though the two never accepted at that time and debunked the rumors, everyone had an idea of what actually was cooking between the two. The news of their relationship spread like wildfire and it was all over the news. They were even rumored to have secretly gotten married to each other.
Rekha enters with a Sindoor-bhari mang on Rishi and Neetu Kapoor’s wedding
This news was even more confirmed when the world witnessed Rekha adorning sindoor in Neetu Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor’s marriage, where Amitabh and Jaya were also present. The world was in utter shock and left wondering if the two have secretly gotten married.
It was a day after this event that Jaya called her home for dinner and bluntly told her that she was never going to leave her husband no matter what and that she was wasting her time trying to break their marriage. She told her that she had married a good man and this will not affect her marriage.
Their ‘Silsila’ captured in the movie
Amitabh and Rekha shared the screen together for the last time with ‘Silsila’. This movie gave everyone the chills as it brought real-life to reel life. The picture depicted Amitabh and Jaya as a married couple and Rekha as the other woman.
Director Yash Chopra had once told in one of his interviews that he was scared to showcase this as it was real and confirmed that the two had a relationship. This was the end of their relationship and Amitabh never looked back but Rekha never stopped herself from expressing her love for Amitabh.
Rekha vocal about her love for Amitabh
In one of her interviews with Simi Grewal, she accepted her love publicly saying, “ Till date I have never come across a creature who doesn’t love or admire him, then why should I be left behind? Similarly, she has been often seen praising Big B on various occasions.
One of the most interesting incidents that happened in the past was when in 2002, at Big B’s 60th birthday, Rekha gatecrashed his birthday bash with media trying to capture her. She entered the venue at Marriot and realized that she was being followed by the paparazzi.
Immediately, she went to the nearest restroom and locked herself till the media left. Who knows how long she was locked inside. Maybe the entire evening? Only she is aware.
Though Rekha was never seen hiding her love for Amitabh, she has still managed to stay fond of the ‘Sholey’ actor. She is still seen applying sindoor and is single at the age of 66. Maybe she vowed to be either Mrs. Bachchan or remain single. The two will celebrate their respective birthdays this year with Amitabh turning 79 and Rekha turning 67.
We wish them both a very Happy and Blessed Birthday!