Bollywood’s evergreen beauty Rekha, along with her path-breaking performances is timeless beauty is also known for her mysterious love life. From applying ‘sindoor’ at various functions to admitting to being in love with megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha has always left all wondering about her personal life and love affairs. She seems remain a mystery for one and all. Several rumours sparked many controversies which revolved around a love triangle between Rekha, Amitabh Bahchan and Jaya Bhaduri.

According to rumours, their love story began on the sets of film Do Anjaane (1976), when Amitabh was a married man. During the initial days of their secret relationship, the couple allegedly used to meet in a bungalow that belonged to Rekha’s friend. Nobody knew about this affair between already married Amitabh and Rekha. Everything was a smooth sail until an incident took place during the shoots of Ganga Ki Saugandh (1978); Mr. Bachchan reportedly lost his temper on a co-actor who was misbehaving with Rekha. After this, their affair came in the limelight and grabbed the media attention. The two denied the affair, but it is loud and clear that the two were dating each other. In one of the interviews, Silsila director, Yash Chopra apparently confirmed their relationship.

Later, there were even speculations about them getting married secretly. These speculations caught more fire when Rekha made a sensational entry at Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh’s wedding, wearing sindoor. On being asked about it, Rekha told a leading daily, ‘In the city I come from, it’s fashionable to wear sindoor.’

After years and years of speculation, rumours and much more, she finally opened up in a chat show called ‘rendezvous with Simi Garewal in 1998. In the interview, when the host Simi Garewal asked Rekha about her off screen association which brought many speculations, and what did Amitabh’s presence meant to her professionally, she said, “standing in front of Amitabh Bachchan , the ‘ultimate actor’  was not easy. The moment i got to know that Amit ji has signed Do Anjane, I was very paranoid.”

“When i started working with him I was so nervous. I learnt a lot from him as an actor. It changed my perception about being on the sets; it was never a playground for me again. The baritone voice, perfect attitude and perfect personality impressed me. He was like something I had never seen before. I wondered how one human being can have so many good qualities.” She added.

On being asked that since she was so fascinated with him, did she ever happen to fall in love with him, she said “absolutely yes. That’s a dumb question. I’m yet to come across a man women or child who cannot help but fall hopelessly, completely, insanely and desperately in love with Amitabh Bachchan”. However, she later turned around the conversation by denying that she ever had a personal association with the actor. She said, “There was never a personal connection with him. He never existed in my life personally. Only in my mind.

On being asked about why didn’t she come out and deny it when nothing was there she said, “It wasn’t worth denying as you can take all the love in this world and add some more, that’s what I feel for him. You don’t have to be associated with a person personally to have a connection with him. Amid all these rumours and speculations, their relationship still remains a mystery as none of them ever accepted the alleged love for each other in public. She however is always seen imitating Amitabh Bachchan on various shows and platforms.  

First Published | 10 October 2017 2:37 PM
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