The ‘ageless’ inspiring diva of Bollywood, Rekha turns 61 today. She has been talk of the town not only for her full-of-life on-screen performances but also for her alleged relationship with Bollywood Shehanshah, Amitabh Bachachan.
Rekha and Amitabh’s mysterious love story is something that is talked about even now. Though decades have passed, the chemistry between the two is unforgettable; however, Amitabh Bachchan never publically accepted their relationship.
While the two have not spoken about it a lot, their love story is still alive somewhere in the heart of their fans.
Their relationship may have a massive fan following, but the supposed couple has often been trapped in several controversies. Let’s take a look at a few of their most memorable ones:
What made Amitabh drift away?
Reports suggest that the Amitabh-Rekha love saga began on the sets of Do Anjaane (1976) and the initial days of their relationship were quite passion-filled. They used to meet at a bungalow that belonged to one of Rekha’s friend and everything appeared to be like a fairytale until an incident happened.
At the time they were shooting for Ganga Ki Saugandh (1978), the senior Bachchan lost his temper at a co-star when he found him misbehaving with Rekha. The incident caught the limelight and soon was the prominent headline in media.
Several stories started cooking up around the Rekha-Amitabh love affair along with reports saying that the two had got secretly married.
These reports were highlighted even more when Rekha turned up at Neetu Singh and Rishi Kapoor’s wedding wearing ‘sindoor’ and a ‘mangalsutra’, but the ‘Silsila’ actress boldly faced the media and answered several embarrassing questions.
According to reports, Amitabh Bachchan’s wife Jaya Bachchan then invited Rekha home for dinner and made it very clear that she would never leave her husband no matter what the circumstances. Well, it seems that Mrs. Bachchan has stuck to her promise to this day.
When Rekha openly accepted her love for Big B…
In 1984, Rekha had given an interview to a leading Bollywood magazine and openly announced her relationship with Amitabh Bachchan. Not only this, she also spoke about the continuous denial from Big B over their alleged relationship. “Why should he have not done it? He did it to protect his image, his wife and his children. Why should the public know of my love for him or his love for me? I love him and he loves me—that’s it! If he’d reacted that way towards me in private, I would have been very disappointed. Mr. Bachchan is still old-fashioned. He doesn’t want to hurt anybody so why hurt his wife?” she was quoted as saying in the interview.
This led to a major uproar in tinsel town because Amitabh Bachchan in spite of his excessive love for Rekha never publically accepted his relationship with Rekha.
When Yash Chopra spilled the beans…
Veteran Film Director Yash Chopra in an interview to BBC years ago revealed the sensational real-life chemistry between Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha. He said that the two were in a relationship much before the release of Silsila.
“I was always on tenterhooks and scared (during Silsila) because it was real life coming onto reel life. Jaya is his wife and Rekha is his girlfriend and the same story is going on (in real life). Anything could have happened because they are working together,” Yash Chopra had said.
Bur soon after Silsila, the relationship between the two started fading away. While Rekha was keen to settle with Amitabh Bachchan, Big B was not interested in including Rekha in his life and in giving her ‘another woman’ tag. As soon as the gorgeous diva realized that she had no future with Amitabh, their passionate love story came to an end, both off and on screen, and Silsila became the last movie of this enigmatic jodi.
Rekha wears ‘sindoor’ for Big B?
One of Bollywood’s leading magazines many years ago revealed the reason why veteran actress Rekha sported the ‘vermilion’. It said that the super glamorous Rekha wore ‘sindoor’ for Amitabh Bachchan.
The quote, ‘Rekha wears sindoor for Big B’ was given by none other than Deepali Issar, wife of Bigg Boss 8 contestant Puneet Issar. Amitabh Bachchan had worked with Puneet in Coolie and the latter has often been considered the reason behind the serious accident of Amitabh during the shooting of the movie.
While many have asked why the eternal beauty continues to wear sindoor, we always took it as the style statement and a part of the diva’s personality. But it seems that Deepali Issar has spilled the beans that were enough to create a storm amongst Rekha’s fans and media.
When Rekha gave Puneet Issar the cold shoulder…
During Puneet’s stint in the Bigg Boss house, Rekha had visited the walled house as a guest for one of the weekend shows. While she was comfortably interacting with the rest of the Bigg Boss contestants, it was was clearly seen that she kept avoiding Puneet and was being a little rude to the contestant of the show. In a sarcastic tone, Rekha even told Puneet, “Aur kitne gunaah karenge aap” (how many more crimes will you do) signifying how she continues to hold a grudge against him and blame him for Amitabh’s Coolie accident.
There was possibly nobody who was not talking about the ‘ignoring episode’ of Rekha and Puneet at the Bigg Boss house and the episode once again brought the Coolie incident in the limelight.
Soon after Silsila, Amitabh is believed to have ignored Rekha totally. Even though the two came quite close while starring together for Shamitabh, they never did share any screen space between them.
The lonely life of the effervescent actress has forever been filled with rumours and stories. No matter what the circumstances for the Amitabh-Rekha break-up be, it seems that the aura of this love story will linger on…