Despite being considered as the greatest onstage performer the Indian cinema ever had, Rekha has had cherished her legendary Bollywood status over the years with immortal roles, iconic films, and her immense sense of fashion which is still here to stay. Bhanurekha Ganesan, who is famously known by her stage name Rekha acted over 180 films was born in the month of October is celebrating her ‘ageless’ birthday (yes we are not gonna mention the year because she has always been way ahead of her time).

Her first step in the Indian cinema can be traced with her role as a child actress in the Telugu film Rangula Ratnam. The Indian cinema got cognizance with the name Rekha just four years later when she made her film debut in Sawan Bhadon. Rekha never failed in making an impact, whether it was her strong female roles in films like Khubsoorat, Khoon Bhari Maang, or her portrayal of an orthodox courtesan in ‘Umrao Jaan’ which even assisted her in bagging the National Film Award for Best Actress.

The timeless beauty gave more than 50 years to Bollywood industry which now considers her the icon, someone who doesn’t need controversies, heavy endorsements or lucrative film offers to take centre stage. As time passed, Rekha has remained the same with her boldness and charismatic persona intact. Truth be told — she is not a trendsetter, she is fashion! If Rekha was here to set the bar for her peers then they would have fallen under it like a limbo. With everything said let’s reminisce the best of Rekha with her trailblazing approach and the fashion icon she has always been.

Her legendary performance in the song ‘In Aankhon Ki Masti’ in the movie Umrao Jaan


Getting all sassy with Akshay Kumar in the movie ‘Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi’ 


Her most talked about affair controversy with Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan that surfaced during the movie ‘Silsila’ 


Her unforgettable performance in the song ‘Main Haseena Gazab Ki’ from the movie Khoon Bhari Maang