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Rekha: “I don’t believe In birthdays”



The ageless Rekha who turns 62 on October 10 doesn’t make any birthday plans.

“Why just one particular day? I don’t believe in celebrating life on Diwali, Eid, Christmas or birthdays. For me, every single day is a blessing and a boon. And I want to squeeze every drop of life out of every single day.”

The diva feels she’s born-anew every day. “Every night when you sleep you are dying for the day, only to wake up the next morning with a  new life. Hence every day is an udhar. Because you never know about the next moment. You can be on the set shooting a rain sequence, and you can be electrocuted.”

She shares her birthday with a whole lot of fellow-librans including Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Simi Garewal. Coincidentally she has shared a professional or personal affinity with all these.

“And why just these names? What about Bhaijaan (Mehmood)… and so many others who are born under the same star-sign. But I don’t believe in star signs and horoscopes. I feel I’m bonded with the whole universe.”

So how does the ageless diva feel about growing a year older? “Funny that you call me ageless. Ironically birthdays are about age. And that’s one aspect of life that I do not associate with life. If anything birthdays should be a reminder that there’s so much more in life to explore, and so much magic waiting to happen. I’d rather spend each day of my life trying to correct the mistakes and improving the quality of my existence rather than cutting a cake and whooping it up. According to me, every day is reason to blessing and a reason to celebrate.”

Her one birthday wish. “I only want to speak if what I say makes the other person feels good. Otherwise, I might as well shut up. We all need to get a life of our own and set our house on order. Do I really have the time to criticize others when I’d rather improve myself? Life has so much to offer. There’s no need to abuse it. You’ve to make your list of dos and don’ts. A successful life isn’t to be measured by how many successful films you’ve done and how much money you’ve accumulated in your bank account. It’s to do with the number of smiles you’ve brought on faces, including your own.”

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