In pictures: 5 iconic roles of Rekha
Published on October 10, 2020 at 16.12
Rekha who is celebrating her 66th birthday today started her acting career as a child artiste in the 1958 Telugu film, 'Inti Guttu', and she made her Bollywood debut in Mohan Segal's 1970 release, 'Sawan Bhadon', opposite Navin Nischol. Many consider the 1976 release, 'Do Anjaane' to be her breakthrough film. She impressed fans, essaying a role with grey shades.
Rekha has acted in over 180 Hindi films and won a National Film Award in 1982 for her role in Muzaffar Ali's ‘Umrao Jaan’. Based on the 1905 Urdu novel 'Umrao Jaan Ada', the film tells the story of a Lucknow courtesan and her rise to fame.
Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
In a career spanning nearly 50 years, Rekha has scored numerous memorable roles in Bollywood films across genres that include ‘Raampur Ka Lakshman’, ‘Kahani Kismat Ki’, ‘Nagin’, and the tragic drama ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikander’. Rekha as courtesan ‘Zohra Begum’ who is romanced by Amitabh’s character, made a huge impact on Bollywood buffs.
Khoon Bhari Maang
This thriller released in 1988 stars Rekha as a wronged widow out for revenge from her tormentor played by Kabir Bedi. A comeback film for the actress, ‘Khoon Bhari Maang’ went on to garner critical and commercial success, and got Rekha her second Best Actress trophy at the Filmfare Awards.
A thoughtful, beautiful film featuring Naseeruddin Shah and Rekha as a former married couple who happen to cross paths one day at a railway platform. Based on the 1964 Bengali movie ‘Jatugriha’, it is remembered as one of Rekha’s most poignant performances. (With inputs from IANS)