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It's time we acknowledge Ash: Rekha

Bollywood diva Rekha, who at 51 remains the heartthrob of the nation, on life, dreams and Aishwarya Rai.

india Updated: Dec 09, 2006 20:01 IST

Bollywood diva Rekha, who at 51 remains the heartthrob of Indian cine-goers, says she still hopes to meet her ideal man.

Excerpts from an Interview:

Your fans still feel very distant from you.
I beg to defer. My fans are no different from me. They celebrate the fact that I'm a part of their life through my movies, my photo features and my interviews.

When people are troubled they indulge in all kinds of vices, like drinking or having an illicit affair. I just turn to my fans who share an unconditional love with me. I've never got negative vibes from anyone. If this isn't a blessing, what is?

Why do you think of yourself as a loner?
It's a word. It means I spend most my time on my own. Going by my nature, it's the most comfortable situation to be in. My god!

Rekha will next be seen in Gautam Ghosh's Yatra

Think of all the time I get to reason out things, not analyse situations, that's such a waste of time. But you've to analyse things. And I never consciously created that time. It was bestowed on me.

I never thought I'd be home alone, with all my sisters married and gone. I never thought I'd not have my own family, my own children.

Do you miss children?
Not any more. I do not miss children. Even if I find the ultimate man to have babies with, it'd be very unfair to my priorities. Because if I have a baby, I won't be able to focus on anything else. Then what happens to the babies all over the world with whom I'm connected?

What about a man?
If I had a man, I'd just be devoting all my attention to that one person. I'm an extremely uni-focus person. I'll take out his clothes, personally monitor his menu, prepare the lunch and personally deliver it to him.

I don't think I am capable of enjoying the best of both worlds. I can't deprive the other world of fans and admirers just for that narrow world of a family. May be I'm being unreal and impractical. But I'm not in denial. If I find someone who's willing to share me with my fans, I might change my mind.

So many of the actresses today idolise your looks, makeup and clothes.
I hope all of them do. The beauty of it is, I don't have to spend hours planning and executing my clothes and makeup. I've done it for 40-odd years. It's like cooking and swimming. Dressing up is second nature to me. I can't bring myself to spend more than 15 minutes on makeup and clothes.

I believe you've always done you own makeup?
Always. Not even Mickey Contractor, whom I adore, has ever done my makeup. His hands start shaking. I really wish someone would come forward and take over the responsibility for my clothes, makeup and styling.

I envy stars who have people to do everything from hair to dialogues. Now-a-days I get films where I've to think about sets, co-stars, etc.

First Published: Dec 08, 2006 16:19 IST