PHOTOS | Happy Birthday Rekha: A look at her most iconic onscreen avatars

Bollywood legend and actor Rekha has acted in more than 180 Hindi films and won a National Film Award, three Filmfare Awards as well as a Padma Shri (2010), is known for having played strong female characters in mainstream and independent cinema. The actor, whose many onscreen avatars inspire looks in Bollywood movies and pop culture till date, is turning 66 today. From Umrao Jaan to Khiladiyo ka Khiladi, here is a look at some of her best onscreen personas.

Updated On Oct 10, 2020 10:55 PM IST
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Rekha as Umrao Jaan. Rekha’s embodiment of a young girl Amiran, abducted and sold to a brothel, only to later evolve into the famous courtesan and poet, Umrao Jaan, in 19th century Lucknow sends chills down audience’s spines till date. (Movie still)
Updated on Oct 10, 2020 10:55 PM IST

Rekha as Umrao Jaan. Rekha’s embodiment of a young girl Amiran, abducted and sold to a brothel, only to later evolve into the famous courtesan and poet, Umrao Jaan, in 19th century Lucknow sends chills down audience’s spines till date. (Movie still)

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Rekha played the other woman alongside Amitabh Bachhan and Jaya Bachchan, who played the wife in Silsila, and her transformation to the other woman from a girl in love is translated perfectly through the wardrobe choices. (Movie stills)
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Rekha played the other woman alongside Amitabh Bachhan and Jaya Bachchan, who played the wife in Silsila, and her transformation to the other woman from a girl in love is translated perfectly through the wardrobe choices. (Movie stills)

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Think Rekha’s look in Khoon Bhari Maang and you will be flooded with visions of mullets, blue lenses, foil, gold, silver, flamenco skirts, basically every single campiest thing you can think of, all put onto Rekha at the same time. (Movie stills)
Updated on Oct 10, 2020 10:55 PM IST

Think Rekha’s look in Khoon Bhari Maang and you will be flooded with visions of mullets, blue lenses, foil, gold, silver, flamenco skirts, basically every single campiest thing you can think of, all put onto Rekha at the same time. (Movie stills)

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Rekha’s portrayal of the antagonist Madam X, in the movie by the same name, showed her character wearing a lot of brightly coloured suits, featuring gold accents, capes, veils, hats, chains, you name it. (Twitter/ Movie stills)
Updated on Oct 10, 2020 10:55 PM IST

Rekha’s portrayal of the antagonist Madam X, in the movie by the same name, showed her character wearing a lot of brightly coloured suits, featuring gold accents, capes, veils, hats, chains, you name it. (Twitter/ Movie stills)

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Move over Cruella de Vil, there is another evil fashionista in the house. Rekha’s portrayal of Madam Maya saw her foray into negative roles in Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996). (MOVIESTILLS)
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Move over Cruella de Vil, there is another evil fashionista in the house. Rekha’s portrayal of Madam Maya saw her foray into negative roles in Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996). (MOVIESTILLS)

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Rekha’s many onscreen avatars inspire looks in Bollywood movies and pop culture till date. (tWITTER/ MOVIE STILLS)
Updated on Oct 10, 2020 10:55 PM IST

Rekha’s many onscreen avatars inspire looks in Bollywood movies and pop culture till date. (tWITTER/ MOVIE STILLS)

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