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via filmfares https://ift.tt/2QGnWHp Time and tide wait for no one but Rekha. She’s defied time. Pick up any Rekha film from the last 20 years and you’ll see that she looks the same. We suspect she knows the address to the fountain of youth. Rekha’s come a long way from starting off as the self-professed ‘ugly duckling’ to being one of the most glamorous and enchanting women in the movie industry. She’s worked in more than 170 films and is perhaps the only Indian actress to have balanced eroticism and dignity with equal ease. Rekha was the top billed leading lady in the late ’70s and almost all through the ’80s. If she epitomised the other woman in films like Silsila and Maang Bharo Sajna, she was also the archetypal wife in films like Judaai and Ijaazat. She played saucy as well as orthodox characters with equal felicity. Even in the late ’90s, a well over 40 Rekha redefined the norms of acting by featuring in films like Kama Sutra and Aastha. Yes she did get a bit indulgent with films like Madame X but then such divine aura can be a bit intoxicating too. Rekha’s life and times have always been speculative. Always under the public eye for alleged off-screen romances and a tumultuous personal life, Rekha did well never to allow any of it to affect the actor within. So over a period of four decades Rekha’s reinvented and persevered to carve out a career par excellence. And as an added bonus, the gods have made sure age has no effect on the lovely diva.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Sawan Bhadon (1970)
Reportedly, a too-voluptuous Bhanurekha had no takers in Hindi cinema and was chased by B-grade film offers before a gutsy Mohan Sehgal signed her for Sawan Bhadon. A debut overseen by the gods made sure Bhanurekha made a mark at the box office, signed a few dozen films and was rechristened to the more glamorous and shorter name Rekha. Thank God for that. Two-and-a-half hours of potboiler fun with a loud-mouth, plus-size village belle named Chanda, laid base for what would be one of the most prolific careers in film history.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Do Anjaane (1976)
Having signed many films and delivered a few hits too, Rekha was certainly making news. More so for her weight problems. By her own admittance, her looks weren’t earning her any favours and change was on the cards. In Do Anjaane Rekha emerged in a new, sleeker avatar and it was also the first time she was paired with Amitabh Bachchan and this was one of the few occasions where she was more than just a glamourous heroine. Rekha played an ambitious actress and Amitabh’s estranged wife. She wasn’t as perfect as her now popular image, but she was a hell of a lot better than her previous plump avatar.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)
By the time Rekha featured in Prakash Mehra’s Muqaddar Ka Sinkandar, she’d already proved she was a box office star. So tagging along with the hero and smiling pretty or pouting was just out of the question. What we got was the first glimpse of magic between Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha. Rekha’s hit numbers like Salaam-e-ishq and Wafa jo na ki also added to the magic. She later excelled in tawaif roles in Daasi, Maati Maangey Khoon and Prem Tapasya.



Rekha's top 20 roles

Ghar (1978)
Okay, so the watershed had happened, Rekha had established herself as a glam queen and a half decent actress. What next?
A makeover and step into the realm of serious actors. So Rekha stripped herself of her multi-million dollar image, donned a homely housewife avatar and played a rape victim. Rekha’s performance was all about being stoic and poignant. And to this date songs like Tere bina and Aapki aankhon mein haunt our memories. Pun unintended, she became the Amitabh Bachchan of actresses. An actor as good as a superstar.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Khubsoorat (1980)
Her acting prowess proved to the world, Rekha found a presence in the de-glam but much appreciated world of Gulzar and Hrishikesh Mukherjee films. And one of her most memorable performances came in Khubsoorat. Her character though childish had quite a lot of moralistic teaching to do in the film. Especially, as she locked horns with the commanding matriarch played by Dina Pathak. Rekha also decided to sing Qaida qaida in the film, a number that could easily be included in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. All that effort paid off as Rekha won her first Filmfare trophy for Best Actress. She later starred in another author-backed role in Mukherjee’s Jhoothi.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Judaai (1980)
Before T Rama Rao decided to make umpteen films with Jeetendra to cash in on the Jumping Jack’s popularity at the box office, he made quite an impressive family film with Jeetu and Rekha in it. The film was based on the travails of an unlikely couple, their marriage, their separation and their coming-of-age whilst away from each other. Rekha’s character like Jeetendra’s goes through an entire circle of life and Rekha didn’t disappoint. Her older avatar in the film was more notable than her young one.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Maang Bharo Sajna (1980)
Another role of a sacrificing woman. It almost seemed like she enjoyed playing these suffering roles. Rekha played a woman named Radha who deals with societal pressures, prostitution and in the process gives up her own child so as not to jeopardise her son’s future. Rekha’s controversial personal life was balanced out by her acclaimed performances in films like Maang Bharo Sajna.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Silsila (1981)
Flowing silk sarees, cascading tresses and eyes full of love, passion and sorrow. That sums up Rekha’s character from Silsila in its physical form But there was so much more. The film featured Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Rekha in a love triangle that mirrored their rumoured real-life. What added value to Rekha’s performance was that she held her own against big names like Amitabh, Jaya and Shashi Kapoor and also maintained a level of glamour. The female fans were duplicating her high fashion while the critics couldn’t stop singing accolades. It was a win win situation for Rekha.


Rekha's top 20 roles

Baseraa (1981)
Rekha played an unassuming Indian wife in a complicated scenario. A widow, she gets married to her sister’s husband when her sister loses mental control and is sent to an asylum. But when the sister returns completely cured 14 years later, Rekha has to act as if nothing has changed in the interim period. The complexity of the role gave her ample chance to excel. Obviously Raakhee’s (playing the older sister) role garnered more sympathy but Rekha’s stoicism and resolve won her huge round of applause. A similar complex portrayal came in Agar Tum Na Hote (1983) where Rekha had to deal with the suspicions of her incapacitated husband.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Ek Hi Bhool (1981)
Rekha proved to be quite the lucky charm for director T Rama Rao. Ek Hi Bhool turned out to be a massive hit partly thanks to its strict no-glam approach to depicting the lives of middle class urban Indian couples and partly due to Rekha’s wide range of acting skills. In the film Rekha plays a no-nonsense kind of wife who separates from her husband at first sound of infidelity and then willingly goes on to be a single mother. A high voltage performance by Rekha advocating women empowerment.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Kalyug (1981)
This modern day adaptation of Mahabharata had Rekha playing what was a contemporary Draupadi. Naturally she couldn’t be married to five people, but she did anchor the family of brothers in the film, a role the original Draupadi stood for. Madhur Bhandarkar’s Corporate would have done well to emulate the high drama shown in a corporate family in Kalyug. The power struggle, sibling rivalry and jagged relationships resonated through the movie. And in between all this a resolute Rekha stood tall.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Umrao Jaan (1981)
Well more than anything else, Umrao Jaan and Rekha gave the movie world In aankhon ki masti mein. It was a mujra sequence that would be remembered for eons to come. But it wasn’t just the music and poetry that made the film memorable. Like many people now believe, Rekha was born to play Umrao Jaan. Her melancholic demeanor matched with her misty eyes bewitched everyone between Kashmir and Kanyakumari.



Rekha's top 20 roles

Utsav (1984)
Bold suddenly got a new meaning in the strictly censored world of Hindi cinema. Rekha played a courtesan named Vasantsena on the run from a lecherous Prince. She takes refuge in an ordinary man’s house and falls in love with him. Reportedly, Vasantsena was the inspiration for the novel Kama Sutra so it was no surprise that this story was full of eroticism. Rekha’s lovemaking scene with the then debuting Shekhar Suman has now become stuff of legends.


Rekha's top 20 roles

Ijaazat (1987)
Contrary to her fiesty roles, Rekha played a more tamed character in Ijaazat. The role of the young and restless woman went to Anooradha Patel, while Rekha played the housewife who had to deal with her husband’s divided attention. It ended up in separation but Rekha’s character maintained an amiable air about it all. Her performance reminded one of the same restraint that Jaya Bachchan showcased in Sholay. Also memorable were songs Qatra qatra and Mera kuchh saman.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Khoon Bhari Maang (1988)
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and if that woman is Rekha you can pretty much submit to a dastardly fate. Rekha played the buck-tooth and much submissive Aarti who was cheated and hurt by her second husband and left to die. And then, after a stark makeover, she returned as the femme fatale Jyoti with nothing but revenge on her mind. And even through her bouts of angst and vengeance, Jyoti shows shades of compassion towards her children. Quite naturally, she took home a Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Kasam Suhaag Ki (1989)
It was an offer Rekha could not refuse. Mohan Sehgal gave her a break and when he called for her to act in his much-elaborate potboiler Rekha obliged. So you had one more courtesan role where Rekha had to deal with some lechery, molestation and oppression. Her knight in shining armour was Dharmendra but when the baddies killed him off, Rekha’s character turned strong and defiant.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996)
Deepa Sahi might have played Maya Memsaab but that wasn’t a patch on Rekha’s Maya from Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi. Yes both had their erotic highs on screen but to see a bare Rekha, even if it were through the murky shower glass, was a steaming hot proposition not many could handle. But despite all the controversies and brouhaha Rekha did manage to leave an impact. Her role of a criminal mastermind (reminiscent of Madame X) and a passionate lover got her a Filmfare Best Actor in a Negative Role Award too.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Aastha: In the Prison of Spring (1997)
Another of Rekha’s erotic roles driven by the shock value that Rekha and Om Puri, both veterans, shot a love making scene. Face value apart, the film’s story dealt with dark themes like self deceit and guilt. Rekha’s character Mansi, unwillingly takes up prostitution to fulfill her family’s financial needs. A movie with a contemporary theme but mediocre execution was elevated thanks to the poise and grace of Rekha and
a clinically executed performance.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Zubeidaa (2001)
Even though Rekha’s wasn’t the most prominent role in the film it was pivotal and most impressing. She played a maharani named Mandira Devi, one whose husband remarries a younger Zubeidaa. Rekha was royalty personified as she maintained a high society air about herself. With regal outfits and all the riches by her side, Mandira seemed like the Queen of everything. It was a role that demanded presence and a larger-than-life quality but also a subdued body language that would make her look royal.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Lajja (2001)
Lajja was the story of women rising up to fight against male chauvinism and Rekha played a village wife with a stoic stance. Rekha deliberately tried a bit of underplay but the strength of her character showed when Rekha dug her teeth into the role. Her character of Ramdulaari at times felt as strong as a rock and at times as frail and vulnerable as clay. And it is that contrast that Rekha put forth brilliantly proving to the world that talent is perennial and unaffected by time.

via filmfares https://ift.tt/2QGnWHp Time and tide wait for no one but Rekha. She’s defied time. Pick up any Rekha film from the last 20 years and you’ll see that she looks the same. We suspect she knows the address to the fountain of youth. Rekha’s come a long way from starting off as the self-professed ‘ugly duckling’ to being one of the most glamorous and enchanting women in the movie industry. She’s worked in more than 170 films and is perhaps the only Indian actress to have balanced eroticism and dignity with equal ease. Rekha was the top billed leading lady in the late ’70s and almost all through the ’80s. If she epitomised the other woman in films like Silsila and Maang Bharo Sajna, she was also the archetypal wife in films like Judaai and Ijaazat. She played saucy as well as orthodox characters with equal felicity. Even in the late ’90s, a well over 40 Rekha redefined the norms of acting by featuring in films like Kama Sutra and Aastha. Yes she did get a bit indulgent with films like Madame X but then such divine aura can be a bit intoxicating too. Rekha’s life and times have always been speculative. Always under the public eye for alleged off-screen romances and a tumultuous personal life, Rekha did well never to allow any of it to affect the actor within. So over a period of four decades Rekha’s reinvented and persevered to carve out a career par excellence. And as an added bonus, the gods have made sure age has no effect on the lovely diva.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Sawan Bhadon (1970)
Reportedly, a too-voluptuous Bhanurekha had no takers in Hindi cinema and was chased by B-grade film offers before a gutsy Mohan Sehgal signed her for Sawan Bhadon. A debut overseen by the gods made sure Bhanurekha made a mark at the box office, signed a few dozen films and was rechristened to the more glamorous and shorter name Rekha. Thank God for that. Two-and-a-half hours of potboiler fun with a loud-mouth, plus-size village belle named Chanda, laid base for what would be one of the most prolific careers in film history.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Do Anjaane (1976)
Having signed many films and delivered a few hits too, Rekha was certainly making news. More so for her weight problems. By her own admittance, her looks weren’t earning her any favours and change was on the cards. In Do Anjaane Rekha emerged in a new, sleeker avatar and it was also the first time she was paired with Amitabh Bachchan and this was one of the few occasions where she was more than just a glamourous heroine. Rekha played an ambitious actress and Amitabh’s estranged wife. She wasn’t as perfect as her now popular image, but she was a hell of a lot better than her previous plump avatar.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)
By the time Rekha featured in Prakash Mehra’s Muqaddar Ka Sinkandar, she’d already proved she was a box office star. So tagging along with the hero and smiling pretty or pouting was just out of the question. What we got was the first glimpse of magic between Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha. Rekha’s hit numbers like Salaam-e-ishq and Wafa jo na ki also added to the magic. She later excelled in tawaif roles in Daasi, Maati Maangey Khoon and Prem Tapasya.



Rekha's top 20 roles

Ghar (1978)
Okay, so the watershed had happened, Rekha had established herself as a glam queen and a half decent actress. What next?
A makeover and step into the realm of serious actors. So Rekha stripped herself of her multi-million dollar image, donned a homely housewife avatar and played a rape victim. Rekha’s performance was all about being stoic and poignant. And to this date songs like Tere bina and Aapki aankhon mein haunt our memories. Pun unintended, she became the Amitabh Bachchan of actresses. An actor as good as a superstar.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Khubsoorat (1980)
Her acting prowess proved to the world, Rekha found a presence in the de-glam but much appreciated world of Gulzar and Hrishikesh Mukherjee films. And one of her most memorable performances came in Khubsoorat. Her character though childish had quite a lot of moralistic teaching to do in the film. Especially, as she locked horns with the commanding matriarch played by Dina Pathak. Rekha also decided to sing Qaida qaida in the film, a number that could easily be included in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. All that effort paid off as Rekha won her first Filmfare trophy for Best Actress. She later starred in another author-backed role in Mukherjee’s Jhoothi.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Judaai (1980)
Before T Rama Rao decided to make umpteen films with Jeetendra to cash in on the Jumping Jack’s popularity at the box office, he made quite an impressive family film with Jeetu and Rekha in it. The film was based on the travails of an unlikely couple, their marriage, their separation and their coming-of-age whilst away from each other. Rekha’s character like Jeetendra’s goes through an entire circle of life and Rekha didn’t disappoint. Her older avatar in the film was more notable than her young one.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Maang Bharo Sajna (1980)
Another role of a sacrificing woman. It almost seemed like she enjoyed playing these suffering roles. Rekha played a woman named Radha who deals with societal pressures, prostitution and in the process gives up her own child so as not to jeopardise her son’s future. Rekha’s controversial personal life was balanced out by her acclaimed performances in films like Maang Bharo Sajna.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Silsila (1981)
Flowing silk sarees, cascading tresses and eyes full of love, passion and sorrow. That sums up Rekha’s character from Silsila in its physical form But there was so much more. The film featured Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Rekha in a love triangle that mirrored their rumoured real-life. What added value to Rekha’s performance was that she held her own against big names like Amitabh, Jaya and Shashi Kapoor and also maintained a level of glamour. The female fans were duplicating her high fashion while the critics couldn’t stop singing accolades. It was a win win situation for Rekha.


Rekha's top 20 roles

Baseraa (1981)
Rekha played an unassuming Indian wife in a complicated scenario. A widow, she gets married to her sister’s husband when her sister loses mental control and is sent to an asylum. But when the sister returns completely cured 14 years later, Rekha has to act as if nothing has changed in the interim period. The complexity of the role gave her ample chance to excel. Obviously Raakhee’s (playing the older sister) role garnered more sympathy but Rekha’s stoicism and resolve won her huge round of applause. A similar complex portrayal came in Agar Tum Na Hote (1983) where Rekha had to deal with the suspicions of her incapacitated husband.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Ek Hi Bhool (1981)
Rekha proved to be quite the lucky charm for director T Rama Rao. Ek Hi Bhool turned out to be a massive hit partly thanks to its strict no-glam approach to depicting the lives of middle class urban Indian couples and partly due to Rekha’s wide range of acting skills. In the film Rekha plays a no-nonsense kind of wife who separates from her husband at first sound of infidelity and then willingly goes on to be a single mother. A high voltage performance by Rekha advocating women empowerment.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Kalyug (1981)
This modern day adaptation of Mahabharata had Rekha playing what was a contemporary Draupadi. Naturally she couldn’t be married to five people, but she did anchor the family of brothers in the film, a role the original Draupadi stood for. Madhur Bhandarkar’s Corporate would have done well to emulate the high drama shown in a corporate family in Kalyug. The power struggle, sibling rivalry and jagged relationships resonated through the movie. And in between all this a resolute Rekha stood tall.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Umrao Jaan (1981)
Well more than anything else, Umrao Jaan and Rekha gave the movie world In aankhon ki masti mein. It was a mujra sequence that would be remembered for eons to come. But it wasn’t just the music and poetry that made the film memorable. Like many people now believe, Rekha was born to play Umrao Jaan. Her melancholic demeanor matched with her misty eyes bewitched everyone between Kashmir and Kanyakumari.



Rekha's top 20 roles

Utsav (1984)
Bold suddenly got a new meaning in the strictly censored world of Hindi cinema. Rekha played a courtesan named Vasantsena on the run from a lecherous Prince. She takes refuge in an ordinary man’s house and falls in love with him. Reportedly, Vasantsena was the inspiration for the novel Kama Sutra so it was no surprise that this story was full of eroticism. Rekha’s lovemaking scene with the then debuting Shekhar Suman has now become stuff of legends.


Rekha's top 20 roles

Ijaazat (1987)
Contrary to her fiesty roles, Rekha played a more tamed character in Ijaazat. The role of the young and restless woman went to Anooradha Patel, while Rekha played the housewife who had to deal with her husband’s divided attention. It ended up in separation but Rekha’s character maintained an amiable air about it all. Her performance reminded one of the same restraint that Jaya Bachchan showcased in Sholay. Also memorable were songs Qatra qatra and Mera kuchh saman.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Khoon Bhari Maang (1988)
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and if that woman is Rekha you can pretty much submit to a dastardly fate. Rekha played the buck-tooth and much submissive Aarti who was cheated and hurt by her second husband and left to die. And then, after a stark makeover, she returned as the femme fatale Jyoti with nothing but revenge on her mind. And even through her bouts of angst and vengeance, Jyoti shows shades of compassion towards her children. Quite naturally, she took home a Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Kasam Suhaag Ki (1989)
It was an offer Rekha could not refuse. Mohan Sehgal gave her a break and when he called for her to act in his much-elaborate potboiler Rekha obliged. So you had one more courtesan role where Rekha had to deal with some lechery, molestation and oppression. Her knight in shining armour was Dharmendra but when the baddies killed him off, Rekha’s character turned strong and defiant.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996)
Deepa Sahi might have played Maya Memsaab but that wasn’t a patch on Rekha’s Maya from Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi. Yes both had their erotic highs on screen but to see a bare Rekha, even if it were through the murky shower glass, was a steaming hot proposition not many could handle. But despite all the controversies and brouhaha Rekha did manage to leave an impact. Her role of a criminal mastermind (reminiscent of Madame X) and a passionate lover got her a Filmfare Best Actor in a Negative Role Award too.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Aastha: In the Prison of Spring (1997)
Another of Rekha’s erotic roles driven by the shock value that Rekha and Om Puri, both veterans, shot a love making scene. Face value apart, the film’s story dealt with dark themes like self deceit and guilt. Rekha’s character Mansi, unwillingly takes up prostitution to fulfill her family’s financial needs. A movie with a contemporary theme but mediocre execution was elevated thanks to the poise and grace of Rekha and
a clinically executed performance.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Zubeidaa (2001)
Even though Rekha’s wasn’t the most prominent role in the film it was pivotal and most impressing. She played a maharani named Mandira Devi, one whose husband remarries a younger Zubeidaa. Rekha was royalty personified as she maintained a high society air about herself. With regal outfits and all the riches by her side, Mandira seemed like the Queen of everything. It was a role that demanded presence and a larger-than-life quality but also a subdued body language that would make her look royal.

Rekha's top 20 roles

Lajja (2001)
Lajja was the story of women rising up to fight against male chauvinism and Rekha played a village wife with a stoic stance. Rekha deliberately tried a bit of underplay but the strength of her character showed when Rekha dug her teeth into the role. Her character of Ramdulaari at times felt as strong as a rock and at times as frail and vulnerable as clay. And it is that contrast that Rekha put forth brilliantly proving to the world that talent is perennial and unaffected by time.

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