Here are my three favourite Rekha moments outside her films. A talent that she has been possessing for many years; but like many other things in her life, it's not public. ********
"Itni Kaali aur Moti! "
These were the words of her hero Navin Nischol, who Rekha says “was ready to puke when he first saw me". She suffered humiliation at the hands of many when she came to films with a 34" waistline. It was in the 70’s that Rekha first effected an implausible transformation. The ugly duckling was now an elegant swan. Almost before she knew it, Rekha had gone from being average to the rage.
But besides her career graph which was exciting in only the 70s and 80’s, there is something about Rekha that doesn’t let her fizzle out like many other actresses did from that era. Her aura of inaccessibility leads to her mystique, which leads to the hyped fanfare. So it was understandable why hysteria reached the next level when Rekha was spotted at the Mariott's lobby where I met her during #IIFA , because that is clearly not a usual sight for the fans. Not that she was not in the public eye for all these years; she is a regular at annual award shows and is known to give away the awards in the main categories only. It is basic economics which she understands too well. The less you give away (supply) the more demand it creates.
She has played the wife, the other woman and the courtesan like no other and at 65, she is still raring to go as an actor. The roles may have dried up but the charisma remains unmatched. We wish the eternal diva and the superstar forever, a very Happy Birthday.
Here are my three favourite Rekha moments outside her films. A talent that she has been possessing for many years; but like many other things in her life, it's not public.
Words: @sadiqidas #sadiqsaleem .
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