New Delhi: Bollywood’s eternal diva ‘Umrao Jaan’ Rekha turns 62 today. The gorgeous actor has been a part of the industry for the last 40 years and has acted in more than 180 movies.

Rekha whose real name was Rekha Ganesan, daughter of a Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan and Telugu actor Pushpavalli, was born in Chennai. The Bollywood diva started her career as a child actor in ‘Rangula Ratnam’, a Telugu film in 1966. She made her debut in Bollywood in a lead role for the movie ‘Sawan Bhadon’ in 1970.

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Initially, it became very difficult for her to work in Bollywood because of the language barrier. Undeterred by this, she made an effort and learnt Hindi for her Bollywood career. Rekha was also criticised for her looks but later in the 70sshe emerged as a sex symbol.

On Rekha’s birthday we take a look on some of her movies were she proved herself to be a versatile actor. Below is the list of her top 5 best movies with Amitabh Bachchan.

1)      Do Anjaane (1976)

‘Do Anjaane’, drama-thriller film released in 1976, had Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha and Prem Chopra in the movie. Rekha portrayed the role of a successful film actress who sacrifices her husband and family for being famous. Amitabh played the role of man who is cheated by both his wife and also his best friend. The film was a hit at the box office and showcased the acting talents of both the lead actors.

2)      Khoon Pasina (1977)

‘Khoon Pasina’, an action-crime film was released in 1977. It starred Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Rekha and Nirupa Roy in the lead roles. Although it did not boast of an impeccable script, it still turned out to be another ‘blockbuster’ of Amitabh Bachchan. Rekha played the role of AB’s lover who later became his wife and tried to rehabilitate his life as a criminal. For the movie Rekha had to dress up as a traditional lady and looked pretty, as usual, in the look.

3)      Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)

‘Muqaddar Ka Sikander’ basically revolved around Amitabh Bacchan. Rekha portrayed the role of Zohra, a woman who is desperately in love with Big B. Their intense moments on screen are cherished and remembered by their fans even today. The film was also the highest grossing film in the year 1978.

4)      Mr. Natwarlal (1979)

‘Mr. Natwarlal’, an action-comedy film about a conman seeking revenge was released in 1979. The film starred Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Ajit Khan and Amjad Khan in the lead roles. Rekha played the role of Shanno, who was the love interest of Natwar in the movie. Amitabh Bacchan gave both amazing comedy and romantic scenes in the movie. They made a lovely couple and were in a very famous song in the movie, ‘Pardesia’, which was a great hit among their fans.

Last but not the least, was the more remembered movie of the duo:

5)      Silsila (1981)

‘Silsila’ is by far the best romantic-drama movie from the famous director Yash Chopra. It was the last movie where fans saw Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan together as an onscreen pair. Although, it was an average hit at the box-office, the movie was considered to be one of the best love triangles of Bollywood. Rekha played the role of Chandni and Amitabh was Amit; the pair undoubtedly dazzled the screen with their ‘romance’ in Silsila.

We wish the ever-young diva a very happy birthday and wish that she enthralls us for many decades to come.


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