Rekha is an actress whose real life story grabbed more attention than her reel life journey. Her story is something that’s like an open book to all, but yet it’s a mystery that has stayed unresolved. Well, writer Yasser Usman has tried to unveil at least some parts in his book called ‘Rekha: The Untold Story’. This book is a biography of this actress who has always been in the news because of her controversial life.
Some of the excerpts from the book have been revealed and they shed a light on certain factors which we had no clue about. Rekha has always been on the receiver’s end, who has taken all the blame for all the ups and downs that she went through. But, here there’s another side of her, which screams that she did not deserve so much of criticism as she received. From a forced smooch that she encountered as teen to her relationship with Amitabh Bachchan, the book has a lot to say about the magnificent Rekha.
Here’s some insight into her life as per the writer.
At Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh’s wedding, Rekha made a sensational appearance wearing a white saree and a magnificent red bindi. But what called for everyone’s attention was the sindoor that she had applied in her hair. It became the headlines the next day as no had any clue of the actress’ marriage. Limelight instantly shifted from Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh to Rekha and whispers started filling the air that evening. In fact, in the book, it is also mentioned that Rekha had her eyes set on Amitabh Bachchan and she even went up to him to have a conversation. The two had a formal talk for approximately 5 mins then and Jaya Bachchan, who was a witness of all of this, could do nothing but let her tears roll down.
As per an interview in a leading magazine, Rekha realised that she is not the only who was hurt, but Jaya Bachchan too had a heart ache. In that interview she had narrated an incident which is indeed shocking. She had said, “Once I was looking at the whole [Bachchan] family through the projection room when they came to see the trial show of ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar.’ Jaya was sitting in the front row and he and his parents were in the row behind her. They couldn’t see her as clearly as I could. And during our love scenes, I could see tears pouring down her face. A week later [after the trial show of ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’], everybody in the industry was telling me that he [Amitabh Bachchan] has made it clear to his producers that he was not going to work with me. Everybody else informed me about it but he didn’t say a word on the subject. When I tried to question him about it, he said, “I am not going to say a word. Don’t ask me about it’”
Apparently, Jaya Bachchan had warned AB to not work with Rekha anymore.
After tying the knot with Vinod Mehra in Calcutta, Rekha accompanied him to his Bombay residence, just to get humiliated by his mother. Like every other bride, Rekha received a warm welcome too, a welcome full of humiliation and insult. Apparently, Vinod Mehra’s mother was not happy with her being her bahu and she bashed Rekha at the door when she arrived with her son. She not only abused Rekha creating a scene, but she apparently also removed her chappals to beat up the actress. Rekha was almost assaulted in front of people who had then gathered around the house because of the commotion.
With her first film itself, Rekha was termed to be a bold actress. Why? Because she portrayed a kissing scene with actor Biswajeet in her debut movie ‘Anjana Safar.’ Well, not many know that this scene was carried out against her will and was a forced one. As per the writer, director Raja Nawathe and Biswajeet Chatterjee had planned this scene without getting Rekha’s consent. As the cameras went rolling, Biswajeet suddenly pulled Rekha for a liplock and it stopped only after the director called it for a cut after 5 mins. All that Rekha could do then was to shut her eyes tight and tears cry. All of this in the era when even holding hands in public was considered to be a taboo. She was not even fifteen then and a molestation act she suffered. After this, Rekha was apparently termed with the title of a‘s*x kitten’ who is willing to do anything and everything to be in the industry.