Mumbai | The evergreen Bollywood actress Rekha turned 61 today.
She is amongst the top actresses of all time creating a niche for herself in the Bollywood. She has acted in more than 180 films.
Rekha started her film career as a child actress with Telugu movie ‘Rangula Ratnam’ in 1966. Her first film as a lead actress was ‘Sawan Bhadon’ (1970).
For the initial few years of her career, Rekha was criticised for her looks. It was in the late 1970s that she went through a transformation and emerged as a sex symbol.
Rekha won National Film Award for best actress for her performance in ‘Umrao Jaan’(1981). Though she was not able to speak Hindi properly in the beginning she learnt Urdu for the film.
A major milestone in her career was Umrao Jaan.
In 1990, Rekha married industrialist Mukesh Aggarwal. He committed suicide after a year of marriage, she was in the United States at that time. People close to her explain this as the toughest time of her life.
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