Rekha is an extremely popular and critically-acclaimed actress from the Indian film industry. Renowned for playing some of the most controversial characters in her numerous movies, Rekha remains ranked amongst the top actresses in Indian cinema.
After having made her debut as a child artist in 1966, Rekha has appeared in over 180 films till date and dominates the acting scene even today.
With a career spanning over 50 years Rekha remains one of the most talented actresses and popular celebrities in the country.
|Real Name||Bhanurekha Ganesan|
|Date of Birth||10th October 1954|
|Age (as of September 2018)||64 years|
|Place of Birth||Chennai (Tamil Nadu)|
|Height||5 ft 6"
(168 cm) approximately
Family & Relationships
(Tamil Movie Actor)
(Telugu Movie Actress)
|Brother||Sathish Kumar Ganesan
|Husband||Late Mukesh Agrawal
|Net Worth||INR 290,00,00,000
(USD 40 Million)
|Famous for||Rangula Ratnam (1966), Operation Jackpot C.I.D 999 (1969), Saaz Aur Sanam, Elaan (1971), Gora Aur Kala, Ek Bechara, Double Cross, Raamour Ka Lakshman (1972), Mehman, Keemat, Dharma, Namak Haraam (1973), Pran Jayr Par Vachan Na Jaye, Do Aankhen (1974), Zorro, Dafaa 302, Dharmatma (1975), Kabeela, Nagin (1976), Ram Bharose, Ek Hi Rasta, Chakkar Pe Chakkar, Khoon Pasina (1977), Ram Kasam, Rahu Ketu, Muqaddar, Ganga Ki Saugandh, Ghar, Muqaddar Ka Sikander (1978), Mr. Natwarlal, Jaani Dushman, Suhaag, Ahinsa (1979), Khubsoorat, Judaai, Kalo Ghata, Neeyat (1980), Umrao Jaan, Kalyug, Daasi, Silsila, Chashme Buddoor (1981), Vijeta, Jeevan Dhaara (1982), Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye (1983), Baazi, Utsav (1984), Ram Tere Kitne Naam, Faasle, Jhoothi (1985), Musafir, Insaaf Ki Awaaz, Jaal (1986), Pyar Ki Jeet, Apne Apne, Sansar, Khazana (1987), Khoon Bhari Maang, Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988), Clerk, Bahurani (1989), Amiri Gharibi (1990), Phool Bane Angaray (1991), Insaaf Ki Devi (1992), Madam X (1994), Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi, Kama Sutra: A Tale Of Love (1996), Udaan (1997), Qila (1998), Mother (1999), Zubeidaa, Censor, Lajja (2001), Koi... Mil Gaya (2003), Parineeta (2005), Krrish (2006), Om Shanti On (2007), Krrish-3 (2013), Super Nani (2014), Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se (2018)|
|First Movie||TELUGU -
Rangula Ratnam (1966 - as Child Artist)
Operation Jackpot Nalli C.I.D. 999 (1969 - as Lead Actress)
|First Movie||Making charcoal sketches, writing poetry and doing yoga|
Rekha is considered to be a legend in the Indian cinema, having worked for over five decades in the industry. Rekha has starred in several memorable roles and her evergreen beauty has made millions of fans worldwide.
Rekha’s age is 64 years old as Rekha was born on the 10th of October, 1954, in present-day Chennai. Rekha’s height is 5 ft 6 inches (168 cm) while Rekha’s weight is around 60 kg (132 lbs). In her spare time, Rekha loves making charcoal sketches, writing poetry or doing yoga, as her hobbies.
Rekha’s father is the popular Tamil actor, Gemini Ganesan, while Rekha’s mother is popular Telugu actress, Pushpavalli. Rekha has one step-brother, Sathish Kumar Ganesan while Rekha has 6 step-sisters – Radha, Vijaya Chamundeswari, Narayani Ganesh, Kamala Selvaraj, Jaya Sreedhar and Revathi Swaminathan. Being one of the most attractive actresses in the Indian film industry in the 1960s and 1970s, Rekha was rumored to have been in relationship with several celebrities. Several media outlets named Rekha’s boyfriends as being the Bengali/Hindi actor Biswajit Chatterjee, late actor, Vinod Mehra, the actor Sajid Khan, actor Navin Nischol, actor Jeetendra, actor Shatrughnan Sinha, legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan, and even actor Akshay Kumar. However, Rekha’s husbands include Vinod Mehra, whom she married in secret but was divorced as his mother refused to accept the marriage. Later on, Rekha’s husband was the late businessman, Mukesh Agrawal, whom she married in January of 1990, till his death in October of 1990, after a rocky relationship.
Owing to her immense work in the Indian film industry, as well as being the face of numerous luxury brands in the country, Rekha’s net worth is estimated to be around INR 290 crores (USD 40 Million).
Talking about the list of Rekha’s award wins, Rekha won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her role in ‘Khubsoorat’ (1980), the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in ‘Umrao Jaan’ (1981), the Filmfare Best Actress Award for ‘Khoon Bhari Maang’ (1988) and the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for ‘Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi’ (1996).
Apart from these prestigious acting awards, Rekha has also been honored with the Padma Shri Award, India’s 4th-highest civilian award, by the Government of India, in 2010, for her immense contribution to Indian cinema.
Besides winning these awards, Rekha has also been nominated several times, owing to her impressive acting skills. The list of Rekha’s award nominations include the Filmfare Best Actress Award nomination for her role in ‘Ghar’ (1978), the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award nomination for ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikander’ (1978), the Filmfare Best Actress Award nomination for ‘Judaai’ (1980), the Filmfare Best Actress Award nomination for ‘Jeevan Dhaara’ (1982), the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award nomination for ‘Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye’ (1983), the Filmfare Best Actress Award nomination for her role in ‘Phool Bane Angaray’ (1991), the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award nomination for her impressive performance in the critics-acclaimed ‘Lajja’ (2001), the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award nomination for ‘Koi.. Mil Gaya’ (2003) as well as the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award nomination for her role in ‘Krrish’ (2006).
Interesting Facts About Rekha
- It is unknown if Rekha smokes or if she drinks alcohol.
- Rekha’s father, Gemini Ganesan, the popular Tamil actor, initially refused to acknowledge her as his child, because she was born out of wedlock.
- Rekha loved to travel and aspired to become an air hostess, however, she was rejected by airline companies as she was too young (around 13 years of age) when she began searching for employment.
- Rekha confessed that she decided to quit school and enter the film industry as an actress because her family was in dire financial situation.
- Rekha is very punctual, which is rare amongst movie stars.
- Rekha is considered to be one of the most stylish celebrities in India, and not surprisingly, selects her own clothes, in movies and in real life.
- Rekha has also been a Member of the Rajya Sabha, when she was nominated in 2012, and was in-charge of the standing committee on food, consumer affairs and civil supplies.
- Rekha has been an introvert and loves spending her free hours alone, either gardening or painting.