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RekhaRekha still sets many a heart aflutter at 53
10th Oct 2007  16.01 IST
By Agencies  


Rekha continues to be Bollywood's ever-graceful style diva and still sets many a heart aflutter even as she turns 53 today.

The actress, who is synonymous with style and beauty for her fans, surprised many when she bagged the MTV Lycra Maha Style Icon Award in 2004. In 2006, British magazine Eastern Eye listed her as one of 'Asia's Sexiest Women' in their September issue.




A rare blend of beauty and talent, Rekha also hogs the limelight for her timeless beauty and mysterious lifestyle. She is quite secretive about her personal life, lives alone with her secretary Farzana and doesn't socialize much except to attend award functions.

She manages the media's prying eye tactfully and always keeps her cool.

"I'm a very shy person. Unlike what has been insinuated, it's not a strategy to retain my aura. I'm not trying to live up to any mystery woman image. People might think that I am not married and have no children, the conventional lifestyle you know, but I see it this way - as long as you are alive, you have a chance to have a future. At least there is hope," Rekha was quoted as saying recently.

As an actress she evolved with each role she played. Be it a courtesan in Muzaffar Ali's 'Umrao Jaan' or a housewife in 'Ijazzat' or a fun-loving girl in 'Khubsoorat', she has always proved her mettle.

After watching 'Umrao Jaan', nobody could believe that she could barely speak Hindi when she came to Bollywood as her enunciation of Urdu in the period film was flawless. She won the National Award for it.

'As a performer, she is inspiring. It's not only 'Umrao Jaan' but her entire career and characters that she essayed through her performances that are extremely inspiring,' Aishwarya Rai said in an interview.

Rekha gave memorable performances in 'Ghar', 'Muqaddar Ka Sikandar', 'Khubsoorat', 'Silsila', 'Vijeta', 'Utsav', 'Khoon Bhari Maang', 'Zubeida', 'Bhoot' and Krrish .

An icon of Indian cinema, Rekha is popular for her never aging beauty, acting talent and dancing skills.

Rekha has acted in over 180 films in her career, taking part in both Indian mainstream cinema and parallel cinema, having commercial success as an actress, as well as critical praise for her memorable performances down the years.

Rekha made her debut as a heroine in the successful Kannada film 'Goadalli CID 999' in 1969.

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