Bhanurekha Ganesan (born 10 October 1954), better known by her stage name Rekha, She is an Indian film star. Noted by one of the finest actresses in Indian film Industries. She started her career in 1966 as a child actress in Telgu film Rangula Ratnam.
|Real Name||Bhanurekha Ganesan|
|Nickname||Queen of Bollywood, Madame X|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 6”
|Weight (approx.)||in Kilograms- 62 kg
in Pounds- 132 lbs
|Figure Measurements (approx.)||34-30-34|
|Date of Birth||10 October 1954|
|Age (as in 2019)||65 Years|
|Birth Place||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Libra|
|Hometown||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|School||Church Park Convent, Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|Educational Qualifications||Not Known|
|Debut||As a Child Artist– Rangula Ratnam (Telugu, 1966)
As Female Lead– Anjana Safar (Hindi, 1969)
|Family||Father– Gemini Ganesan (Tamil Actor)
Mother– Pushpavalli (Telugu Actress)
Brother– Sathish Kumar Ganesan
Sisters– Kamala Selvaraj, Radha, Jaya Sreedhar, Vijaya Chamundeswari, Revathi Swaminathan, Narayani Ganesh
|Address||Sea Spring, Bunglow No.2, B.J. Road, Bandra (West), Mumbai. 400050, Telephone : 26514602
|Hobbies||Reading, Writing Poetry, Doing Yoga|
|Controversies||The mysterious case of sindoor At Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Wedding in 22nd January 1980, Rekha took everyone surprise after made a ‘sensational entry’ to the wedding, with the presence of red sindoor on her head. It was that era when rumour’s of Rekha’s relationship with Amitabh Bachchan were in full swing.
Marriage to Mukesh Agarwal gone wrong Rekha, went on to tie with Mukesh Agarwal, a Delhi-based businessman. But after few week of marriage, Rekha got to know that Mukesh’s battle with chronic depression and after seven months of their wedding, Mukesh committed suicide. People acorss the country started hating and shaming her after this incident.
Rekha-Sanjay Dutt’s secret wedding? Back in the 80s, there were rumours of Rekha and Sanjay Dutt’s secret wedding. In a report written that Rekha still applies sindoor in the Name of Sanjay Dutt, However, Yasser Usman who wrote a biography of Rekha denied this story.
Lip-lock with Hrithik At an award function, Rekha were so excited that when she leaned into greet Hrithik, She almost had an ‘accidental’ lip-lock with Hrithik.
|span style=”font-size: 18pt;color: #ff7a00″>Favourite Things|
|Favourite Actor||Dilip Kumar|
|Favourite Colours||Golden, Red|
|Boys, Affairs and More|
|Affairs/Boyfriends||Late Vinod Mehra, Former Actor
Shatrughan Sinha, Actor
Yash Kohli, Film Producer
Amitabh Bachchan, Actor
Late Mukesh Agarwal, Entrepreneur
|Husband/Spouse||Late Mukesh Agarwal (m. January 1990; d. October 1990)|
|Net Worth||$40 million|
About Rekha & Her Early Life
Rekha full name is Bhanurekha Ganesan. She was born on 10 October 1954 in Chennai and her father was a Tamil Actor Gemini Ganesan and her mother was a Telugu actress Pushpavalli. Her father always wanted Rekha to become an actress and she did it. She started her career as a child actress in Telugu Film Rangula Ratnam in 1966 and then after four year later as a lead actress with Sawan Bhadon. During her 50 year of career she did more then 180 films and she also won three Filmfare Awards, two for Best Actress and one for Best Supporting Actress in Khubsoorat (1980), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988) and Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996). She also won National Film Award for Best Actress for the popular Movie Umrao Jaan (1981). In 2010 she got honoured with India’s fourth Highest Civilian Award The Padma Shri by the Government of India. She did her schooling from Mount Fort Convent for Girls School in Yercaud, Tamilnadu, India. She know many languages like Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and English very fluently.
Rekha’s Film Career
In 1970’s she appeared as a child actress in Telugu film Rangula Ratnam (1966) and she debut as lead actress with Kannada film peration Jackpot Nalli C.I.D 999 with Rajkumar in 1969, in the same year she worked in hindi film Anjana Safar but the movie couldn’t released due to one of the Kissing scene with leading actor Biswajit. Although she hadn’t interested in acting but as she had no chance to earn for her family so she started workin in it. At starting since she belongs to south India so she was not able to speak hindi popularly and she was always struggled to communicate with her co-workers. Once Rekha quoted to a magzine that “I’m healed, I am not bitter anymore, I don’t think I ever was.”. After successful of her Bollywood debut movie Sawan Bhadon, She appeared in many other commercially succssful movies and that were the block buster at that time like Raampur Ka Lakshman (1972), Kahani Kismat Ki (1973), and Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye (1974). But despit of all these success Rekha was not satisfied with herself once she said with a magzine that “I was called the ‘Ugly Duckling’ of Hindi films because of my dark complexion and South Indian features. I used to feel deeply hurt when people compared me with the leading heroines of the time and said I was no match for them. I was determined to make it big on sheer merit.”
After that she transformed herself alots, She now started paying attention on her makeup, her dressing sens and she also started improving her acting skills along with the Hindi-language Skills. She alos lose weight and followed her nutritionist and started followed a disciplined life. Now she started working and started choosing her role with extra care she herself studied all the script befor signing it. In 1976 she played a role with Amitabh Bachchan’s in Film Do Anjaane and that was the extramile movie. Now she wanted to become a versatile actress and that’s why she played a role as in rape victim in the Movie Ghar, and for that movie she received her first nomination for Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards. In the same year she worked in Muqaddar Ka Sikandar with Amitabh Bachchan and that was the biggest hit of that year which help Rekha to become one of the most successful actresses of that times. In 1981 she performed in Umrao Jaan which was the movie based on Urdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada (1905) written by Mirza Hadi Ruswa. She played lead role of Umrao Jaan. It was a successful of that year and she got awarded as National Film for Best Actress. Now after that she worked on many films like Shyam Benegal’s award-winning drama, Kalyug (1981), Govind Nihalani’s Vijeta (1982), Girish Karnad’s Utsav (1984) and Gulzar’s Ijaazat (1987), among others. But In 1990’s Rekha’s decline started as she become older as well, However unequal of all other actresses of her generation like Hema Malini, Netu and Raakhee there were playing the role of Mother or aunts but Rekha was still playing role of Leading actress and she was competing with other younger female actress of that time. In the same year her husband did suicide and she was recovering from itRekha:The Untold Story. But in 1991 she did again and got considerable success as a role of Namrata Singh in the Movie Phool Bane Angaray (1991) directed by K. C. Bokadia. Now during the second declination she again managed to demanded herself when she started accepting movie such as Kama Sutra teacher in the film. Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi, an action film directed by Umesh Mehra which was one of the highest earning film of that year. Late 2000’s he appeared very less in the movies like Bulandi, In 2005 she appeard as a guest apperience in the song “Kaisi Paheli Zindagani” which directed by Pradeep Sarkar “Parineeta”. In 2006 she also appeared in the movie Krish as Sonia Mehra which was the sequel of Koi… Mil Gaya