Rekha birthday special: Her inspiring performances

Mon, October 10, 2011 11:47am UTC by 13 Comments
Rekha birthday special: Her inspiring performances

There is no doubt that Rekha is feminine grace and sensuality personified. But her Bollywood career goes beyond that. She tried to step out of that image and play some memorable characters in notable films

There are some female actors whose beauty overshadows their acting prowess. Rekha is a prime example of this. She made her Bollywood debut at a very young age and, after struggling to make a mark during her initial years, she underwent a major physical transformation. After that she shot into the limelight as one of the sexiest actors of her time. But Rekha dabbled in some serious acting too, and even did several roles in parallel cinema, in Ijazat and Ghar in the 80s. Her characters have been re-played by many female stars of this generation, but could they match up to the way the original diva did it? You tell us…

Rekha in Umrao Jaan- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Umrao Jaan

Rekha’s adaayein and her sensuous mujra performances are remembered even today. Rekha won a National Award for her portrayal of a courtesan in this movie. When Aishwarya decided to step into her shoes for the remake of the film, there was talk about whether Ash would manage to pull it off or beat Rekha’s unforgettable act. We must say that though Ash is a beautiful dancer, she just couldn’t recreate the same magic. Blame the director if you like, but truth is that this film didn’t leave a mark.

Rekha in Muqqadar Ka Sikander- Madhuri in Devdas

Rekha portrayed a courtesan yet again in this movie. This time, she falls for Amitabh Bachchan who is in love with Rakhee, who is in love with someone else; a pained Amitabh turns to Rekha for solace. Muqqaddar Ka Sikander was, in that sense, the Devdas of the 80s. Rekha’s character had an uncanny resemblance to that of Chandramukhi in Devdas. In 2000, Devdas was remade and Madhuri played the role of Chandramukhi. She managed to bring out the same sensuality, grace and beauty that Rekha did in the 80s hit.

Rekha in Khoobsurat-Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met

While Kareena won several accolades for her energetic and talkative character in Jab We Met, Rekha had portrayed a similar character in the 80s. She won a Filmfare Award for her role of an upbeat and naughty girl. Kareena too won a Filmfare Award as best actress for her role in Jab We Met.

Rekha in Silsila-Rani Mukherjee in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna

Rekha played the love interest of much-married Amitabh Bachchan in this 1981 movie. Rekha’s character is married to Sanjeev Kumar, but she has an extra-marital affair with Big B in this one. It was quite a bold character to play for a mainstream heroine at the time. When Karan Johar made a film on the same subject in 2004, he chose Rani Mukerji to play the role of a married woman in love with another man. Rani’s act was much talked about, but could not match up to Rekha’s in Silsila.

Rekha in Biwi Ho To Aisi- Madhuri in Beta

Rekha plays the bahu of the house who is married to a dutiful son played by Farooq Shaikh. Rekha decides to fight her tyrannical mother-in-law in her own style with the support of her henpecked father-in-law. Madhuri’s character in Beta is quite similar to Rekha’s. She too decides to change the dynamics of the house by getting back at her mother-in-law in a cunning manner. Her father-in-law and servants aid her in that. Both Rekha and Madhuri got a lot of praise from the critics and the audiences for playing the strong woman.Subscribe to me on YouTube

  • rony

    wish u very happy birthday

  • mohd sidiq

    HAPPY B,DAY 2 U MAY GOD GIVE U ALL UR WISHISH

  • sumit

    Happy Birthday REKHA MAM

  • sumeet

    Happy Birthday Rekha MAM.

  • renu rana

    salman khan ji me apse milna chahti hu

  • sushil astrologer

    hare krishna
    i am wishing you very happy birthday.you are great actress of india. i want you live thousands years .this day come again and again.
    as astrologer i would like to read yours horoscope for this i need yours actual birth date . real birth tiem in am or in pm and birth palce . wish for you all power lover health
    sincerely
    sushil kumar sharma [ astrologer]
    101 kanoon goyan
    kashipur[ udham singh nagar]
    uttarakhand 244713
    india

  • renu rana

    Happy birthday rekha ji me apse milna chahti hu

  • Gazala Amin

    Happy bday rekha ji………………v ol luv u

  • saleem

    happy birth day rekha
    rekha ji main aap ki gaand marna cahta hoon, kya aap mera lund apne monh me lo gi

  • Hema

    DEAR REKHAJI WISH U A MANY MANY HAPPY RETURN OF THE DAY U R A REALLY PRETTY LADY IN THE WORLD I LIKE U & AMITHAB COME TOGETHER SOON V LOVE U ALL

  • Tonantzin

    Ms Rekhaji I wish you all the love, prosperity, the best female heroine roles, emotional generosity, and renewed fire for life~at your fullest capacity~for you on this Birthday. You beauty is ageless, your gentleness and innocence is priceless, and your wisdom is timeless. May you be blessed with continued Beauty All Around You. May you be blessed by wise and nurturing souls that truly support your personal, Divine Plan.
    I love you, In Lak Esh (Namaste in Mayan)

  • simla

    Dear Rekhaji wish u a belated happy birthday……. u r my all time fav…… wish lots of happiness n prosperity. love u always…n 4ever.

  • Ram patil

    wish u many many happy returns of the day Rekhaji.


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