Unknown Facts

5 Unknown Facts About Rekha

  1. Rekha  is  one  of the best mimics  in the world.  In fact much  of  her acting is based on what she  observed, learnt, imbibed and  regurgitated from other actors most notably Amitabh Bachchan whom she used to  observe  keenly at his craft. In Hrishikesh  Mukherjee’s Khubsoorat  for which she  won  multiple awards she did nothing but a male version  of  Amitabh Bachchan.
  2. Rekha prides  herself on being an accomplished singer. She  sang Kayda kayda  in Khubsoorat for herself. Then she sang  Ehsaas ka sauda hai for the great composer Khayyam in Ek Naya Rishta which though  filmed on her,  was used as a  background song. Finally she sang  a cover  version of the great Mohd Rafi’s  Din dhal jaye  from the film Guide . She crooned this  S  D Burman ghazal for an awful long-forgotten  film Kudiyon Ka Zamana.
  3. Rekha is a  huge Lata Mangeshkar  fan known to stand  below the Melody Goddess’  home on Peddar  Road whistling and singing  Happy Birthday . In an old  interview with this writer Rekha had insisted that  Lataji was her  child and she  was  the mother. Lataji is yet to understand where this  filial  affection came from.
  4. Rekha has done 7 films with  Amitabh Bachchan beginning with Do Anjaane in 1976 . Their  last collaboration  was Silsila in 1981. Rekha  once  told me that every moment spent with Mr B on camera was  a learning experience. So why  did they stop working together? Maybe  it was  not such a  learning  experience for  him.
  5. Rekha has played  every  role possible, the one  of the Other Woman/Tawaif  being  her favourite. She  played  this role in movies as  far-ranging as Umrao Jaan,Maati Maange Khoon,Muqaddar Ka Sikandar,  Deedar-e-Yaar and Ghungroo Ki Awaaz. I once asked her about her dream role. She  said she wanted to play her mother Pushapavali Ganesan, second-wife  to actor Gemini  Ganesan.

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