When a 15 year old Rekha was forcibly kissed by a 30 year old actor for five minutes
Legendary actress Rekha is known for her timeless beauty. The actress has given a number of award-winning performances in her extensive filmography. But not many know that Rekha was once forcibly kissed by a senior actor when she was just 15.
Rekha was forcibly kissed without her consent or knowledge by veteran actor Biswajit who was almost 30 years old. They were shooting for Anjana Safar when the actor kissed her for five minutes straight.
In the book Rekha: The Untold Story, Yaseer Usman writes that the scene was hatched by the director of Anjana Safar, Raja Nawathe, and actor Biswajit
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Here is an excerpt from the book, “The shooting of Anjana Safar was underway in Bombay’s Mahboob Studio. Raja Nawathe was the director and cinematographer of the film. In the very first schedule of the film, Kuljeet Pal (the director), Raja, and Biswajeet (the lead actor) had hatched a plan, with Rekha as the unsuspecting victim. That day a romantic scene was to be filmed between Rekha and Biswajeet. As soon as the director Raj Nawathe said ‘action’, Biswajeet took Rekha in his arms and pressed his lips on hers. Rekha was stunned. This kiss had never been mentioned to her. The camera kept rolling; neither was the director ordering ‘cut’ nor was Biswajeet letting go of her. For all five minutes, Biswajeet kept kissing Rekha. Unit members were whistling and cheering. Her eyes were tightly shut but they were full of tears.”
Recalling the day, Biswajit referred to the incident as Raja Nawathe’s idea. He maintained that it was not his fault, that he was merely working on the director’s instructions. But he added that Rekha felt betrayed and was furious.