Birthday Special: Evergreen actress Rekha turns a year older
Rekha, one of Bollywood's living legends turns 61 today!
Let's take a walk down memory lane and look at a few of her best roles. She made her debut in the Tollywood industry with the film 'Rangula Ratnam' in 1966.
In 1970, she branched out into Bollywood with 'Sawan Bhadon' alongside Navin Nischol. Despite the success of the film, she was often scorned for her looks.
In 1981, she bagged her first Filmfare award for her role in 'Khubsoorat'. We are sure that watching this film even after three decades will bring a smile to your face.
She played the role of a courtesan yet again for the movie 'Muqaddar Ka Sikandar'.
The defining moment in her career was her role in the movie 'Ghar', where she played a housewife who gets kidnapped and is brutalised while returning home from a show. The film conveyed the trauma that a rape survivor goes through and Rekha pulled
The actress had to go through a drastic image makeover after her initial films to get in league with the rest of the Hindi-speaking Bollywood actresses. She lost weight, revamped her style, and began turning heads from the late 70's
Rumours were a mill that the actress was secretly dating Amitabh Bachchan. The pair never worked together after 'Silsila', but the actress did make a cameo in Bachchan's 'Shamitabh'.
She stunned everyone showcasing her vicious side in 'Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi' with Akshay Kumar and Raveena Tandon. She performed the role with elan as women playing a negative role was a rarity in those times.
She managed to surprise the audience repeatedly, displaying new facets of her talent. In 'Kalyug' she re-interpreted 'Draupadi' in her own way and pulled it off effortlessly.
Perhaps her most loved movie was the 1981 'Umrao Jaan' in which she donned the role of a courtesan and danced her way into people's hearts.
Her drastic transformation of a simple housewife to a top-notch model to avenge her husband in 'Khoon Bhari Maang' surprised everyone.
We saw a glimpse of the poised actor in her films like 'Ek Hi Bhool', 'Jeevan Dhaara', 'Mr. Natwarlal', 'Do Anjaane', 'Zubeidaa' to name a few.
The kohl-eyed superstar made a come back of sorts with 'Super Nani'. She kicked things up a notch by playing a neglected grandmother, prepping herself for a new innings in life.
The star was all set to appear in the Katrina Kaif- Aditya Roy Kapur romantic drama 'Fitoor', but was later dropped from the project.
Here's wishing the woman who refuses to age...a very happy birthday!