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Dubai, November 1, 2016: Rekha is to be honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award at the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival. According to Hindustan Times, “The festival runs from December 7 to 14, and is now arguably the leading cinematic event in the region with both Doha and Abu Dhabi having shut shop some time ago.”

It is a proud moment for Indian Film Fraternity to have such an established Bollywood actress on the stage this year. Rekha is one of the most versatile actresses that Bollywood has ever produced. In a period of 40 years, Rekha has worked in over 180 films. She is the perennial source of inspiration for the numerous new generation actresses.


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Rekha started her career with a Telugu movie called Rangula Ratnam as a child artist. She worked in a successful Kannada movie named Operation Jackpot Nalli C.I.D 999. Rekha claims that she was not passionate about acting, and it was just a means to provide financial stability to her family.

When she came to Mumbai, it was hard for her to adjust. She hails from South and was not fluent in Hindi. It led to communication gap between her and the co-workers. It was an emotional period for her, as her mother was critically ill as well. In fact, she didn’t match the beauty standards of Bollywood, so she was living on a strict diet.

Her initial experience in Bollywood was anything but good. Criticized for her dark skin and voluptuous body, Rekha broke all the norms set for an ideal Bollywood actress. It was through Sawan Badhon that she became a recognized face in Bollywood. But it still didn’t change the way Rekha was perceived in the film industry.

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Labelled as an ‘ugly duckling’, Rekha didn’t receive much praises for her acting skills. The severe criticism became a motivational factor for her, as she started working on herself. She became fluent in Hindi and started leading a healthy life which involved Yoga, balanced diet and adopting a disciplined way of living.


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She was finally recognized for her acting skills in Do Anjaane (Two Strangers), a movie alongside Amitabh Bachchan. Rekha also appeared in other movies with Amitabh Bachchan like Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (Conqueror of Destiny) and Silsila which ultimately fueled the rumor of their apparent link-up. They both denied these rumors vehemently.

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The movie Ghar (Home) brought Rekha the first Filmfare nomination. She worked in Umrao Jaan and won her first National Award for the Best Actress. A female-oriented movie, Umrao Jaan established Rekha as the most successful actress of her era. She appeared in several movies and won lots of Filmfare awards after that. Even at the age of 62, she is considered as one of the most beautiful actresses of Bollywood.

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It’s a journey of struggle, hard work, and inspiration. Rekha didn’t let criticisms deter her, and her determination finally led her to attain a massive fan following. This journey is one of its kinds, and Rekha will always be remembered as the rarest gems of Bollywood. Rekha’s hard work has been proved fruitful by bringing her accolades from all over the world.

by NewsGram team


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