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Name Rekha
Birth name Bhanurekha Ganesan
Titles The Bollywood Queen, Re, Madame X, Rekhaji
Date of Birth 10th October 1954
Birth Place Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
Nationality  Indian
Height 5' 7"
Hair color Black
Mother Tongue Telugu
Zodaic sign Libra
Profession Actress, Model
Family  Father - Gemini Ganeshan (Actor)
Mother – Pushpavalli (Actress)
Sisters – 7
Brother - 1
Ex-Spouses - Vinod Mehra(Divorced), Mukesh Aggarwal (Expired)
Education Meethibai College
Languages known Hindi, Urdu, Telugu, English
Debut film Baby artist:
Telugu - Rangula Ratnam (1966)

Telugu – Amma Kosam
Kannada - Goadalli CID 999
Hindi - Sawan Bhadon (1970)
Called as Madonna and Cher of the Bollywood industry
Memorable films Saawan Bhadon, Do Anjaane, Aalap, Muqaddar Ka Sikander, Ghar, Silsila, Umrao Jaan, Khoon Bhari Maang, Ijazat, Phool Bane Angaarey
Popular screen couple with Amitabh Bachchan
Her trademark * Seductive voice
* Mesmeric eyes
Secret of her ageless face & figure Regular nutritious diet and exercise
Was considered for * Lead actress in the film ‘Market’
* Queen Noor Jehan in the film ‘Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story’
Known for her Beauty, acting talent and dancing skills
Favorites Actor - Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor
Persons – Her mother, lndira Gandhi, Jennifer Kapoor, Oprah Winfrey, Aishwarya rai
Singers – Laura Branigan, Barbara Streisand, Bryan Adams, Whitney Houston and Sting
Comics - Dennis The Menace, Little Dot, Archie comics
Magazines - Cosmopolitan, Elle
Cars - Maruti 800, Lamborgini, Porche, Volkswagen Beetle, Jaguar
Jewelry - Oxidised Silver Old Jadhau Pearls Jewellery made from cloth Old Egyptian jewellery
Holiday spots - Rome San Francisco Long Island, New York West Palm Beach Japan
Food – Vegetarian
Hobbies Surfing the internet, Watching films, Collecting postcards, Drawing cartoons, Mimicking people, Photography, Collecting old photographs, Practicing yoga
Disappointing moments * Had to leave school due to financial reasons
* Couldn’t learn classical dancing
* Couldn't buy a plot of land on Madh Island
* In her childhood, couldn’t get a darshan at Tirupati after a full day and night
Written biographies on Zeenat Aman, and Salma Agha
Good friend Meena kumara (Actress)
Likes Innocence & Honesty
Pets Dog – Pisti (Passed away)
Cat – Bhaiyyu
Most important charactors in a man Honesty, hard working, good social behavior, sense of humor, the ability to laugh at himself
Loves To read comics, nature, working in her garden, taking care of her plants
Fan of Oprah Winfrey
Has large collection of Kanchipuram and chiffon saris of mostly gold color
Quotes “I'm a very shy person. Unlike what has been insinuated, it's not a strategy to retain my aura. I'm not trying to live up to any mystery woman image.”

“I devoted thirty-one years of my life to this industry and in turn this industry has given me everything that I can be proud of - name, fame and the perks that go with stardom.”

“Well loneliness is still a part of me, but being alone is not necessarily being lonely.”

“Anything that is pure and simple, truthful and genuine, unique and gentle, consistently caring and selfless. Someone who has unflinching faith, tolerance and unconditional devotion.”
Awards * National Film Award for Best Actress, Umrao Jaan (1982)
* Filmfare Best Actress Award, Khubsoorat (1980)
* Filmfare Best Actress Award, Khoon Bhari Maang (1988)
* Filmfare Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1997)
* Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (2003)
* Star Screen Award Best Villain, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1997)
* Lakme Timeless Beauty 2001
* Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement (2006)
* Zee Cine Awards - Forever Diva Award (2007)
* Bollywood Movie Award - Best Supporting Actress, Koi Mil Gaya (2004)
* BFJA Awards Best Actress, Utsav (1988)
* Maha Style Icon of the year (2004)
* Sony Golden Glory Award (2005)
* Idea Zee F Awards - Fashionable Film Star (2006)
* Stardust Awards - Role Model of the year (2006)
* Deenanath Mangeshkar Award (2006)
* Living Legend in the world of entertainment by FICCI (2007)
* Award celebrating her beauty (2007)
About her Farooq Shaikh: (Actor)
“Rekha is one of the most vibrant and spontaneous actors I have ever worked with. While working with her in Umraao Jaan , I came to know why she is called one of the finest actors. Her reactions in every scene and her portrayal of the character helped me give a better performance,”

Shyam Benegal: (Director)
“She is a flexible actor who can fit into any role easily. Despite being associated with glamour, Rekha has always portrayed de-glamorized roles with equal conviction, which makes her a great actor.”

Aamir khan: (Actor)
“Rekhaji is an icon for us. Her portrayal of different and varied characters has shown the range of her acting. It is a dream of every new filmmaker to work with her.”
Website http://www.rekha.com
Her views Amitabh Bachchan: (Actor)
“AHH! Amitabh... Waah! Kya insaan hain! That's it.”

Vinod Khanna: (Actor)
“He's my true contemporary. We started on the same day, same time, same studio, same film. A libran like me!”

Sanjeev Kumar: (Actor)
“He taught me the power of individuality. He said to me, When everything else is wrong, be it the sets, the dialogue, the director, the script, you still have the chance to make it right. And only you have the power to do it! Once the camera is on nothing else matters... but you'!”

Shashi Kapoor: (Actor)
“He's one guy I'd love to hate. And hate to love. But I just can't help but love him,”

Dharmendra: (Actor)
“I've admired him as an actor but I admire him much more as a human being. He's the one actor I've met who's all human.”

Rishi Kapoor: (Actor)
“Chhotte sarkar to me. But as far as acting is concerned, he's a bada, bada sarkar.”

Naseeruddin Shah: (Actor)
“He's somebody who I can long for... No, it's not what you're thinking... I can never stop longing to work with him.”

Hema Malini: (Actress)
“My ever smiling kid sister who I'll never register is older than me. And no amount of convincing can make me believe that either.”

Zeenat Aman: (Actress)
“Somebody I admired both as a person and as a professional. And I still maintain it.”

Sharmila Tagore: (Actress)
“I've always loved her as a person. And now, I love her even more as a mother.”

Shabana: (Actress)
“To me she is just a Two-year-old, chhota sa bachcha. But she likes to believe that she's a 102-year-old!”

Aishwarya Rai: (Actress)
“Among the models I admire, I find Aishwarya is the best. I disagree with the media that she is 'plastic'. I find her very expressive.”

Hrithik Roshan: (Actor)
“Hrithik epitomizes everything precious in a man, be it as a son, lover or as a husband. This kid is a complete human being.”
Plans after retirement Open a boutique,start studying classical music, open a big beauty and make-up centre,establish an institution for the invalids, directing the films
Facts * She is a vegetarian.
* She is a staunch feminist.
* She owns a search engine along with the domain.
* She started acting at the age of thirteen.
Address Sea Springs, Bungalow No. 2
Mumbai 400 005

Courtesy: Web Resources
Compiled by: PS and Gayathri

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