Actress Rekha has been through a long journey in Bollywood and has seen in almost 180 movies. With her amazing fashion sense and unique way of carrying herself, Rekha was always a step ahead of any other actresses of her time.
Rekha has played the role of lover, wife, mother, and even grandmother. She is also a well-known classical dancer of her time, her Ghazal singing talent is also mesmerizing.
Dil cheez kya hai aap meri jaan lijiye, bas ek baar mera kaha maan lijiye… This is not just a song, it’s a story of a woman, a Bollywood queen who has always been in controversies because of her love life.
Rekha’s Love Affairs
She fell in love multiple times, but still in her sixties she is single and alone. It’s a story of none other than the beautiful and ravishing diva of Bollywood Rekha, she fought a long way to be where she is today. Tv journalist and author Yasser Usman written Rekha: The Untold Story, a biography on Rekha’s life.
One of the first controversial affairs of Rekha in Bollywood was with the superstar of that era Jeetendra. He was known for his casual flirting and talking lovingly with co-female stars.
Rekha and Jeetendra had done a lot of films together. Rekha was serious about her relationship with Jeetendra Kapoor but he was already married and when rumors of their dating came out, Rekha was categorized as a HomeWrecker.
It was a short fling not a relationship for Rekha. Kiran Kumar is the son of famous Bollywood villain Jeevan, who used to rule the Bollywood industry at that time. Before it starts and goes for a long run, both decide to quit the relationship even before it starts.
One of the famous relationships of Rekha was with actor Vinod Mehra. Both got married at a small and secret wedding ceremony but the wedding didn’t last long.
As per the reports Vinod Mehra’s mother never wanted Rekha as her son’s wife and thus she disrespected her when the duo went to see her in Kolkata. Vinod wanted her to stay until the matter was sorted. But in an interview with Simmi Garewal in 2004 denied having any marital relationship with him.
Rekha and Amitabh’s love angle is the most discussed romantic relationship in Bollywood. The actress from time to time indirectly confessed her love for the Shahenshah of Bollywood. Rekha and Amitabh’s first movie together is Do Anjaane. They were seen together in Yash Chopra’s superhit, Silsila.
When the story of Rekha and Amitabh started brewing in Industry, Jaya Bachchan, wife of Amitabh Bachchan restricted him from working with Rekha.
Rekha got married to a Delhi-based business tycoon, Mukesh Agarwal. According to the biography Rekha: The Untold Story, Mukesh was already dealing with acute chronic depression when she got married.
Rekha had no idea about his depression and he wasn’t happy with Rekha’s acting career in Bollywood. When they got separated that Mukesh went into more depression and then he committed suicide.
The media put her on trial and she was called the vamp, maneater, etc but she was undergrounded after some time she again emerged as queen.
After years, in the 80s, Rekha and Sanjay Dutt’s affair rumor came out. The duo never accepted the same. It was also rumored that Rekha puts in a sindoor. But all the rumors were always rumors because both of them denied the same.
In 1996, Akshay Kumar was doing a film, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi, Rekha was the lead actress in the movie. Rumors of Akshay Kumar and Rekha getting close to each other started spreading.
Akshay was already with a girl Raveena Tandon at that time and their story went around in Bollywood. He soon denied all the facts and rumors spreading around.
Why does Rekha put Sindoor?
At Neetu Singh and Rishi Kapoor’s wedding on January 22, 1980, where almost all the stars of the Bollywood industry, including Amitabh-Jaya, were present to witness the beautiful wedding of Neetu and Rishi Kapoor.
Rekha made a ‘sensational entry’ at the venue in a white saree and she put Sindoor. everyone started whispering and the news went viral at the entire wedding venue. The media and all rolled their cameras at Rekha instead of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh.
Once asked by the Media Why she put sindoor, as she is not married!’ She replied that, from where she belongs, sindoor is like a fashion to wear Sindoor.
From reports, it’s said that she put in a sindoor for Amitabh Bachchan, as she was immensely in love with him because he was married before, they both never accepted their love in front of the world.
Whatever we read or heard, but above all, she is a legend and queen of the Bollywood industry. Still, she looks young, magnificent, and charming as ever. She ruled the industry for ages and her work will always be appreciated no matter how many stars will come and go.