The timeless beauty of Hindi cinema continues to be a top favorite across all age groups. Yes, we are talking about none other than Rekha, the diva of bollywood. Once tagged as the ugly duckling in film industry, the actress reinvented herself not just with her physical appearance but in the choice of her films —both bold and unconventional for her times. The sheer presence of this legendary actress lights up the silver screen.
Today, we list out the top 5 films of Rekha. Check out some of the best works of this perennial beauty:
Rekha sizzled the silver screen with her performance in this Yash Chopra venture released in 1981. Audience simply loved Rekha in the movie and her on-screen pair with Amitabh sparked magic on reel. The movie was one of the biggest hit of its time with a storyline which almost hints at the rumored off-screen relationship equations of the trio, Rekha plays Mr Bachchan’s lover who has to make way for his wife played by Jaya Bachchan.
Khoon Bhari Maang
Rakesh Roshan’s ‘KhoonBhariMaang’ saw Rekha in a dazzling new avatar; the modern, oh-so stylish character was adored by her fans. This movie reinstalled the faith in ‘actress’ Rekha and proved that with a strong script and this extraordinary actress, you really didn’t need a male superstar to make a super hit film. KabirBedi and SonuWalia too played a pivotal part in this flick.
Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
Considered as one of the best films of the actress, Muqaddar Ka Sikander played a big role in redrawing Rekha’s career chart. This film starred Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Raakhee, Rekha and Amjad Khan in the lead. Famous song ‘Salaam-e-Ishq Meri Jaan’ is from this film only. Her role as Zohra Bai in the film has stayed in the minds of the people. Her selfless love for Sikandar (Amitabh Bachchan) and evergreen song sequences are part of Bollywood history.
This Muzaffar Ali film was based on the Urdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada (1905), written by Mirza Hadi Ruswa, and it talked about the life of a famous courtesan from Lucknow. Rekha played the iconic character of a courtesan with extreme elegance and her act was par excellence. The film presented this quintessential beauty in such a glorifying avatar that still none can think of any other actress when we talk about ‘Umrao Jaan’. Her performance won accolades and went on to fetch her the National Award.
Aastha, released in 1997 starring Rekha, Om Puri, Navin Nischol and Daisy Irani in the main roles went on to receive both critical acclaim and commercial success. Presented in the bold and unconventional avatar, only Rekha could do full justice to both the roles, that of a middle class homemaker and a prostitute remarkably.
This evergreen actress will forever remain the queen of hearts for her fans. Stylewhack takes this opportunity to wish the one and only Rekha, all the success in her future endeavors.
Long Live the Diva!!