She is a renowned actor and a fashion icon, what with legions of fans aping her style statements. Today, October 10, as Rekha celebrates her 59th birthday, she still looks as stunning as ever and manages to make heads turn. We speak to actors from the industry and ask them to share their thoughts about the star.
Sushant Singh Rajput, actor
I might sound clichéd, but for me, Rekhaji will always represent eternal beauty. And I am not sure if I should say it, but like old wine, she is only getting better with age. I remember seeing her for the first time in songs such as ‘Pardesiya’ (Mr Natwarlal, 1979) and ‘Ye kahan aa gaye hum’ (Silsila, 1981).
Aditya Roy Kapur, actor
Honestly speaking, the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Rekhaji is Umrao Jaan. It was the first time that I was able to see the sheer beauty and poetry of melancholy when I watched her in that film.
Ayushmann Khurrana, actor
Rekhaji was always much ahead of her times, as an actor and a person. She lives her life on her own terms and is a true superstar. From Khoobsurat (1980) to Umrao Jaan (1981) you can gauge her range as an actor. She has romanced superstars from Dharamji (Dharmendra, actor) to Akshay Kumar on-screen, and that shows how timeless a beauty she is.