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10 October 1954, Madras, India more
In 1986, forty-eight pieces of her expensive jewelery was stolen from her house... more
Awards:6 wins & 11 nominations more
Alternate Names:Baby Bhanurekha / Bhanurekha

Rekha Biography

Date of Birth 10 October 1954, Madras, India
Birth Name Bhanurekha Ganesan
Nickname The Bollywood Queen Re Madame X  Rekhaji
Height 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Spouse Mukesh Aggarwal (1990 - 1991) (his death)
Vinod Mehra

Trade Mark Her seductive voice

She has mesmeric eyes that she uses with devastating effect.

Daughter of Gemini Ganesan and Pushpavalli.
Does yoga every day to maintain her ageless look.
Hindi megastar

Formed a popular screen couple with Amitabh Bachchan, with whom she made a total of nine films as a heroine to him.

Was obese and plump in her first films in the early 70s but underwent a spectacular transformation and became the ageless icon of beauty and glamour of Bollywood.

Credits the regular nutritious diet and exercise as the secret to her ageless face and figure.

Has been called the Madonna and Cher of the Bollywood industry because of her constant reinvention throughout her career.

Has gained icon status in Bollywood cinema for her four decade career in the industry.

Was considered for the lead in Market (2003)

When she played the teacher of the Kama Sutra in the controversial film Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996), many people at the time thought that it would put an end to her career.

Has a younger sister who resides in California.

Was considered for the role of Queen Noor Jehan in the movie _Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story (2003)_

The entire Bollywood industry was shocked in the early 80s when Rekha's secret affair was revealed with Amitabh Bachchan, who was married to Jaya Bhaduri. Oddly enough, the three of them later starred in the film Silsila (1981), which dealt with the topic of a married man in love with woman other than his wife. This would be Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan's last film together.

In 2001, she tried to stop author Mohan Deep from publishing a biography on her called 'Eurekha!'. She failed but would visit bookstores and ask the owners not to keep copies of 'Eurekha!' on their shelves.

Loves to read comics. Her favourites include Dennis The Menace and Archie.

Was good friends with actress Meena Kumari before Meena's death.

Used to have a dog named Pisti who passed away. She now has a cat called Bhaiyyu.

Some of her favorite western singers include Laura Branigan, Barbara Streisand, Bryan Adams, Whitney Houston and Sting.

Says that if she could change one thing about herself, it would be her hips.

Has a large collection of of tissue Kanjeevaram and chiffon saris, most of which are of the color gold.

Dated Akshay Kumar

Said that if she had a son, she would want him to be like Hrithik Roshan. Her dream came true when she played Hrithik's mom in the movie Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) and also his grandmother in Krrish (2006).

Loves nature, and enjoys working in her garden and taking care of her plants.

In 1986, forty-eight pieces of her expensive jewelery was stolen from her house. The thief, Muniraj Kanappa, was later caught and sentenced to seven years in prison. The court held the jewelery and planned on giving it back after she filed the due application form. But it wasn't until 17 years later that she remembered this and then went in to collect her jewelery.

Could barely speak a word of Hindi at the start of her career. She learned Hindi and then later learned the nuances of Urdu for her role of a courtesan in Umrao Jaan (1981).

Is a huge fan of Oprah Winfrey and watches her show regularly.

Is a vegetarian.

She is very active on the internet, especially on sites about movies. She is also a staunch feminist.

Has a search engine named after her with the domain name

Listed #50 by the UK magazine Eastern Eye one of "Asia's Sexiest Women" (Sept/2006).

Has seven sisters and one brother.

Ranked #5 by in its list of the "Top 10 Bollywood Actresses Ever". (March 2007).

Even though the movies she has made are in Hindi, her mother tongue is actually Telugu.

Personal Quotes
When asked about the doctors that say they did plastic surgeries on her: "I wish I could meet all those surgeons. Every once in a while, some doctor claims to have done some operation on me."

"I'm a very shy person. Unlike what has been insinuated, it's not a strategy to retain my aura. I'm not trying to live up to any mystery woman image."

"Now people might think that I am not married and I have no children, the conventional lifestyle you know, but I see it this way: as long as you are alive, you have a chance to have a future. At least there is hope."

"I devoted thirty-one years of my life to this industry and in turn this industry has given me everything that I can be proud of - name, fame and the perks that go with stardom."

"Well loneliness is still a part of me, but being alone is not necessarily being lonely."

"Sometimes I really wish my life were as exciting as people think it is. Let me also add that my private life is mine alone. I don't want to bare it for discussion and dissection. Because my life can be misunderstood and misinterpreted."

"Among the models I admire, I find Aishwarya is the best. I disagree with the media that she is 'plastic'. I find her very expressive."

"I have had the best of both worlds. My profession cannot but thrust me into contact with people all the time. I am a lover of life, very curious, a good listener. I observe, I evaluate. Interacting with co-stars, fans, guests all the time can be nerve-wrenching. But when I meet people, I learn, I evaluate, I marvel, I absorb, I remember, and that helps me grasp and process it back at home."

"One thing that has influenced my personal life, my career, my attitude, the person I have become and every decision that I have made is the fact that I have been a loner as a child. I have been more or less on my own. In that case, one can feel sorry for oneself. But, in my case, it gave me more time to observe."

"I don't care much for success - it's an alien word to me. I don't believe in success, I don't believe in achievements so to speak. I just believe in relishing every moment of my life. That's enough for me."

On winning the Stardust Role Model Award: "Thank you Stardust for honoring me with this award. I'm indeed gratified. I don't have to say much. My smile and the audiences' smile says it all. I have been around in this industry for the last 36 years, but I promise I will entertain you for another 63 years." (February 2006)

(July 2006, about Hrithik Roshan): Hrithik epitomizes everything precious in a man, be it as a son, lover or as a husband. This kid is a complete human being.

When asked if she would have a problem doing sexual roles at her age: "After Aastha: In the Prison of Spring (1997) people had a lot to say about my role of a wife who moonlights as a prostitute. I don't have problems playing anything. I've reached a stage where I could do justice to any role that came my way. It could be Maa ka role (the role of a mother), bhabhi ka role (the role of a young woman). negative, positive, sensational or anything." (October 2006)

About Aishwarya Rai taking on her role in the remake of Umrao Jaan (1981): "I am so fond of Ash. Even when she was a model, I was very positive of her achievements, and had huge expectations from her. People might think I'm prejudiced but I truly believe that even though 'Umrao Jaan' has done a lot for us, it will do a lot more for Ash. She truly deserves it." (October 2006)

About Aishwarya Rai: "I think she has got a very raw deal. She's our treasure but she's neither here nor there, with one foot in Hollywood. She has not had anything great since Devdas (2002/I). I will fight for her like a tigress if need be." (October 2006)

"My heart goes out to Ash. She's been around for so long and yet not been there. That's how it was with me...until I did Umrao. It seemed improbable that a Tamilan girl talking Urdu would work. Similarly this South Indian girl should realize her potential in Umrao. She doesn't need to go to Hollywood to prove herself. She's our own. Why Bride & Prejudice (2004)? Who are these people from outside trying to tap Ash's potential? She's our treasure. It's time we acknowledge her." (October 2006)

"I don't feel the pinch, you know, or the sting. It's gone. I'm healed now. I'm not bitter anymore." (October 2006)

When asked what she was like as a teenager: "Wow! At that point all I wanted was to be married. And to be loved, and to spend the rest of my life with somebody who truly, truly, truly cared for me, and have children. Lots, and lots, and lots of children. I wonder why I felt like that then." (October 2006)

"I didn't have an idea. I don't know what a man is all about, what he's supposed to be. Is he supposed to be a provider? Is he supposed to be a lover? Yes, I knew the lover part. I knew that by heart. I knew that my man had to be a lover. He had to love me to death. Because I didn't know any better." (October 2006)

"I was never a kind of person who voiced my impressions or my feelings. I never told anybody what I feel. I was very shy, to open my mouth when there are men around." (October 2006)

"I didn't know what the word father mean't. When you think of father, when you mention the word father, it's someone in the church. That's all I know of a father." (October 2006)

When asked if she is afraid of aging: "If I let these thoughts affect me, I wouldn't be able to be creative. I'm petrified of falling ill and going to the hospital. However, disasters are a part and parcel of life. I cannot avoid them. But when a catastrophe happens, I'd like to see it as a signal to go into another phase of my life. So, in a silly masochistic way, I welcome pain because it will help me grow." (Dec 9, 2006)

When asked if she regretted not having children: "Not any more. I do not miss children. Even if I find the ultimate man to have babies with, it'd be very unfair to my priorities. Because if I have a baby, I won't be able to focus on anything else. Then what happens to the babies all over the world with whom I'm connected?" (Dec 9, 2006)

"I never thought I'd be home alone, with all my sisters married and gone. I never thought I'd not have my own family, my own children." (Dec 9, 2006)

"Loner is just a word. It means I spend most my time on my own. Going by my nature, it's the most comfortable situation to be in. My god! Think of all the time I get to reason out things, not analyze situations, that's such a waste of time. But you've got to analyze things. And I never consciously created that time. It was bestowed on me." (Dec 9, 2006)

"I don't have to spend hours planning and executing my clothes and makeup. I've done it for 40-odd years. I can't bring myself to spend more than 15 minutes on makeup and clothes." (Dec 9, 2006)

On meeting her ideal man someday: "May be I'm being unreal and impractical, but I'm not in denial. If I find someone who's willing to share me with my fans, I might change my mind. If I had a man, I'd just be devoting all my attention to that one person. I'll take out his clothes, personally monitor his menu, prepare the lunch and personally deliver it to him." (Dec 9, 2006)

Rekha Filmography

Yatra (2006) .... Lajwanti

Krrish (2006) .... Sonia Mehra

Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana (2006) .... Mayuri

Parineeta (2005) .... Moulin Rouge singer

Bachke Rehna Re Baba (2005) .... Rukmini/Richa/Gurpreet... aka Beware (India: English title: informal title)

Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) .... Sonia Mehra... aka I Found Someone (International: English title: informal literal title)

Bhoot (2003) .... Sarita... aka Ghost (International: English title: informal literal title) ... aka Ghost House (Philippines: English title)

Dil Hai Tumhaara (2002) .... Saritaji... aka My Heart Is Yours (India: English title: informal literal title) (International: English title: informal title)

Lajja (2001) .... Ramdulaari... aka The Shame (India: English title: literal title)

Mujhe Meri Biwi Se Bachaao (2001) .... Kamini Mathur... aka Save Me from My Wife (India: English title)

Censor (2001) .... Ms. Shrivastav (Censor Board Member)

Zubeidaa (2001) .... Maharani Mandira Devi

Bulandi (2000) .... Lakshmi

Mother (1999) .... Asha Britannia

Qila (1998) .... Yamini... aka The Fort (India: English title)

Udaan (1997) .... Varsha Sahay

Aastha: In the Prison of Spring (1997) .... Mansi

Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996) .... Rasa Devi, teacher of the Kama Sutra

Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996) .... Maya... aka Players of the Game (International: English title: informal literal title)

Aurat Aurat Aurat (1996) .... Sita Vajpai... aka The Lady (India: English title) (International: English title)

Ab Insaf Hoga (1995) .... Jankidevi Prasad

Nishana (1995)

Madam X (1994) .... Madam X/Sonu

Geetanjali (1993/I) .... Anjali Mehra/Geeta S. Bhardwaj

Insaaf Ki Devi (1992) .... Sadhana S. Verma

Time Machine (1992)

Waqt Ka Badshah (1992)

Phool Bane Angaarey (1991) .... Namrita Singh... aka When a Flower Becomes a Fireball (International: English title)

Yeh Aag Kab Bujhegi (1991)

Amiri Garibi (1990) .... Sona

Aag Ka Dariya (1990)

Azaad Desh Ke Gulam (1990) .... Bharti Bhandari

Mera Pati Sirf Mera Hai (1990) .... Sharda Dayal Sharma

Shesh Naag (1990)

Bahurani (1989) .... Madhuri/Malti Chaudhary... aka Daughter-in-Law (International: English title)

Bhrashtachar (1989) .... Bhavani... aka Corruption (International: English title)

Ladaai (1989) .... Shakuntala Verma

Souten Ki Beti (1989) .... Radha S. Verma

Clerk (1989) .... Mrs. Sneh Kapoor

Kasam Suhaag Ki (1989)

Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988) .... Shalu Mehra

Ek Naya Rishta (1988) .... Aarti Saxena

Khoon Bhari Maang (1988) .... Aarti Saxena/Jyoti

Soorma Bhopali (1988) .... Drunk Woman (Sp Appearance)

Jaan Hatheli Pe (1987)

Sansar (1987) .... Uma V. Sharma

Apne Apne (1987) .... Sharda R. Kapoor

Ijaazat (1987) .... Sudha... aka Consent (International: English title: informal title) ... aka Guest (International: English title)

Pyaar Ki Jeet (1987) .... Soni

Janbaaz (1986) .... Cabaret Singer (Guest Appearance)... aka Jaanbaaz (India: Hindi title: video box title)

Locket (1986) .... Shalu

Jaal (1986) ... aka The Net (International: English title)

Insaaf Ki Awaaz (1986) .... Police Officer

Musafir (1986)

Sadaa Suhagan (1986) .... Laxmi

Jhoothi (1985) .... Kalpana Srivastav

Faasle (1985) .... Maya... aka Distances (India: English title)

Nishan (1985)

Ram Tere Kitne Nam (1985) .... Mrs. Radha Aloknath Gupta

Jhutha Sach (1984) .... Alka

Utsav (1984) .... Vasantsena... aka The Festival

Zameen Aasmaan (1984)

Baazi (1984) .... Asha

Asha Jyoti (1984) .... Jyoti

Maati Maangey Khoon (1984) .... Shyamlee (Courtesan)

Bindiya Chamkegi (1984) .... Bindiya/Radha A. Kumar/Radha S. Kapoor

Khazana (1984)

Agar Tum Na Hote (1983) .... Mrs. Neena Mehra/Mrs. Radha Bedi

Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye (1983)

Film Hi Film (1983) .... (Special Appearance)

Prem Tapasya (1983) .... Bela

Deedar-E-Yaar (1982) .... Husna... aka My Beloved (India: English title)

Apna Bana Lo (1982) .... Roopadevi

Raaste Pyar Ke (1982)

Jeevan Dhaara (1982) .... Sangeeta Shrivastav

Ghazab (1982) .... Jamuna

Mehndi Rang Layegi (1982)

Vijeta (1982) .... Neelima... aka Conquest (International: English title)

Ek Hi Bhool (1981) .... Sadhana Srivastav

Ghungroo Ki Awaaz (1981) .... Kajal/Kiran Gomes/Rani... aka The Tinkling of Anklets (India: English title)

Baseraa (1981) .... Purnima Kohli aka Nima'

Silsila (1981) .... Chandni... aka The Affair (India: English title)

Daasi (1981) ... aka The Maid Servant (International: English title)

Khoon Aur Paani (1981)

Mangalsutra (1981)

Kalyug (1981) .... Supriya... aka The Machine Age

Chehre Pe Chehra (1981) .... Daisy... aka Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (India: English title)

Saajan Ki Saheli (1981) .... Moon Moon

Umrao Jaan (1981) .... Amiran/Umrao Jaan

Aanchal (1980) .... Tulsi

Neeyat (1980)

Agreement (1980) .... Mala Mathur

Jal Mahal (1980)

Jyoti Bane Jwala (1980) .... Courtesan (Special appearance)

Kali Ghata (1980) .... Rekha/Rashmi

Judaai (1980) .... Gauri Singh/Gauri S. Verma

Khubsoorat (1980) .... Manju Dayal... aka Beautiful (India: English title: literal title)

Maang Bharo Sajana (1980) .... Radha

Ram Balram (1980) .... Shobha... aka Ram and Belram

Ahimsa (1979)

Do Shikaari (1979) .... Sunita

Suhaag (1979) .... Basanti... aka Sign of Marriage

Kartavya (1979)

Prem Bandhan (1979) ... aka Victim of Love (International: English title)

Jaani Dushman (1979) .... Champa... aka Beloved Enemy (India: English title)

Mr. Natwarlal (1979) .... Shanno

Muqabla (1979) .... Qawwali singer... aka Muqabala (India: Hindi title: alternative transliteration)

Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978) .... Zohrabai

Dil Aur Deewar (1978) ... aka The Heart and the Wall

Do Musafir (1978) .... Bijli

Kasme Vaade (1978) .... Dancer (Guest Appearance)... aka The Sworn Promises (India: English title)

Ghar (1978) .... Aarti Chandra... aka Home (International: English title)

Ganga Ki Saugand (1978) .... Dhaniya

Aakhri Daku (1978)

Bhola Bhala (1978) .... Champa

Karmayogi (1978) .... Rekha

Muqaddar (1978)

Parmatma (1978) .... Deepa

Rahu Ketu (1978) .... Tulsi

Ram Kasam (1978)

Sawan Ke Geet (1978)

Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein (1977) .... Dancer (Guest Appearance)

Khoon Pasina (1977) .... Chanda... aka Blood Sweat (India: English title)

Immaan Dharam (1977) .... Durga... aka Imaan Dharam (India: Hindi title: video box title)

Aap Ki Khatir (1977) .... Sarita

Alaap (1977) .... Radhakumari "Radhiya"

Chakkar Pe Chakkar (1977) .... Shila Sahini

Dildaar (1977) ... aka Large-Hearted

Ek Hi Raasta (1977)

Farishta Ya Qatil (1977)

Kachcha Chor (1977)

Ram Bharose (1977) .... Kiran

Saal Solvan Chadya (1977) .... Wedding entertainer

Nagin (1976) .... Sunita

Aaj Ka Mahaatma (1976) .... Mala

Do Anjaane (1976) .... Rekha Roy/Sunita Devi... aka Two Unknown (USA: informal English title)

Kabeela (1976)

Khalifa (1976)

Santan (1976)

Dharam Karam (1975) .... Basanti

Aakraman (1975) .... Sheetal

Dharmatma (1975) .... Anu... aka The Holy Year (International: English title)

Dafaa 302: Indian Penal Code Section 302 (Section of Murder) (1975) ... aka IPC Section 302 (India: English title)

Kahte Hain Mujhko Raja (1975)

Zorro (1975/II)

Do Aankhen (1974)

Duniya Ka Mela (1974)

Hawas (1974) .... Guest apperance in song "Aao Yaaro Gao.."... aka Lust (International: English title)

Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye (1974) .... Janniya/Sheetal

Woh Main Nahin (1974)

Namak Haraam (1973) .... Shyama... aka The Ungrateful ... aka Traitor

Anokhi Ada (1973) .... Neeta Gupta

Barkha Bahar (1973)

Dharma (1973) .... Asha & Radha

Kahani Kismat Ki (1973) .... Rekha

Kashmakash (1973)

Keemat (1973) .... Sudha

Khoon Khoon (1973)

Mehmaan (1973) .... Sheela

Raampur Ka Lakshman (1972) .... Rekha Choudhury... aka Raampur Ka Lakshman (India: Hindi title: alternative transliteration)

Double Cross (1972) .... Rekha

Do Yaar (1972)

Ek Bechara (1972)

Gaon Hamara Shaher Tumhara (1972) .... Parvati (Paro)

Gora Aur Kala (1972) .... Phoolwa

Sazaa (1972)

Zameen Aasmaan (1972) .... Kalpana

Dost Aur Dushman (1971)

Elaan (1971) .... Mala Mehta/Mary

Haseenon Ka Devata (1971) .... Sunita/Chabili

Saaz Aur Sanam (1971)

Ammakosam (1970)

Sawan Bhadon (1970) .... Chanda

Rangula Ratnam (1966) (as Baby Bhanurekha)


Miscellaneous Crew:

Sooryavansham (1999) (voice-over) (uncredited) ... aka Suryavansham (India: Hindi title: alternative transliteration)

Ek Naya Rishta (1988) (playback singer)

Agar Tum Na Hote (1983) (playback singer)

Khubsoorat (1980) (playback singer) ... aka Beautiful (India: English title: literal title)



Khubsoorat (1980) (performer: "Kayda Kayda (Kaayada Kaayada)") ... aka Beautiful (India: English title: literal title)

Saal Solvan Chadya (1977) (performer: "Gori Tera Roop")



Bollywood Queens Vol. 2 (2006) (V) .... Herself (various characters)

49th Manikchand Filmfare Awards 2003 (2004) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter

48th Manikchand Filmfare Awards 2002 (2003) (TV) .... Herself (Lifetime Achievement Award)

American Desi (2001) (uncredited) .... Herself on TV

Naya Bakra (1985) .... Herself (Guest Appearance)

Chashme Buddoor (1981) .... Herself... aka Chasme Buddoor ... aka Shield Against the Evil Eye ... aka Touch Wood

Ladies Tailor (1981) (uncredited) .... Herself

Gol Maal (1979) (uncredited) .... Herself (Cameo, in song "Sapne Ne Mein Dekha Sapna")... aka Hanky Panky

Rekha Awards & Nomination

Awards and Nominations
advertisement Awards of the International Indian Film Academy
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Nominated Popular Award Actress in a Supporting Role
for: Lajja (2001)

Filmfare Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2004 Nominated Filmfare Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role
for: Koi... Mil Gaya (2003)

2003 - Lifetime Achievement Award

2002 Nominated Filmfare Award Best Supporting Actress
for: Lajja (2001)

1997 Won Filmfare Award Best Supporting Actress
for: Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996)

1992 Nominated Filmfare Award Best Actress
for: Phool Bane Angaarey (1991)

1989 Won Filmfare Award Best Actress
for: Khoon Bhari Maang (1988)

1983 Nominated Filmfare Award Best Actress
for: Jeevan Dhaara (1982)

1982 Nominated Filmfare Award Best Actress
for: Umrao Jaan (1981)

1981 Won Filmfare Award Best Actress
for: Khubsoorat (1980)

Nominated Filmfare Award Best Actress
for: Judaai (1980)

1979 Nominated Filmfare Award Best Actress
for: Ghar (1978)

National Film Awards, India
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1982 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Actress
for: Umrao Jaan (1981)

Screen Weekly Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Nominated Screen Best Supporting Actress
for: Lajja (2001)

1997 Won Screen Best Perfomance in a Negative Role - Female
for: Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996)

Zee Cine Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2004 Nominated Popular Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role
for: Koi... Mil Gaya (2003)

2002 Nominated Popular Award Best Supporting Actress
for: Lajja (2001)


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