Happy Birthday Rekha: The legendary actress and timeless beauty Rekha Ganeshan turns 61 today. She is often referred as the ultimate Bollywood Diva who has ruled the hearts of many. She is now sitting MP of Rajya Sabha as well who was nominated as member of upper house in May 2012.
Rekha was born in Chennai (then Madras) to popular Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan and Telugu actress Pushpavalli. In the early days of her career Rekha was denied work for being fat, dark and unattractive.
She has often played strong female characters throughout her career and apart from mainstream cinema, she also appeared in arthouse films, which is known in India as parallel cinema.
She was rumoured to have been married to actor Vinod Mehra in 1973 which she denied it later. In 1990, Rekha married Delhi-based industrialist Mukesh Aggarwal. He committed suicide a year later while she was in London. She currently lives in her Bandra home in Mumbai.
The ‘diva’, as everyone in the industry and outside it calls her, is known not only for her great acting skills but also for her spectacular fashion sense. Government of India honored her with Padmashri award in 2010.
At IIFA Awards held in Singapore in 2012, she was referred to as the reigning Queen of Indian Cinema where she was given the “Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema (Female)” award, also referred to as the Lifetime Achievement Award.