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RekhaAmitabh Bachchan taught Rekha the nuances of acting
20th Oct 2007  20.00 IST
By Agencies  


Bollywood's inimitable diva Rekha has spoken candidly about mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan , saying he taught her the nuances of acting.

Rekha praised Bachchan's performance in The Last Lear as 'very Shakespearean'.




"He's my guru. I learnt so much from him," Rekha said.

Commenting on Bachchan's role in 'The Last Lear', she said, "Seriously I think Rituparno Ghosh is like Utpal Dutt. And I believe Bachchan is very Shakespearean in 'Last Lear'. Together I believe the two have paid a very proper tribute to Shakespeare. I'm looking forward to it."

"I seriously think Bachchan is more Bengali than any one I know. He's a true Bengali dada. And I'm not saying that because he has a Bengali wife or has spent time in Kolkata. There's more of Rabindranath Tagore's legacy in him than anyone else."

Is she aware that Preity Zinta in 'The Last Lear' has been styled, a la Rekha in 'Silsila'?

"Has she? Is it an imitation or a tribute? We've to make that distinction very clearly," said Rekha, who turned 53 on October 10.

Asked about her birthday celebrations, she said, "I didn't notice. For me every day is a celebration, every moment a blessing from god. I don't need to visit temples on my birthday. There's a temple right in my house and that's where prayed, as I do every day."

How does she manage to remain so positive in spite of so much negativity around her?

"I don't think about negative things. There's so much beauty, love and excitement to be savoured every day. People can get to us only if we allow them to. Besides, I don't believe people are negative without reason. Even the cobra that bites you has a reason to do so."

"My current high is bonding with Shah Rukh Khan . Of course, I've known him for years. But lately we're connecting more profoundly. I've done a blink-and-miss appearance in Om Shanti Om and that's when I got to know him seriously. He has a sharp mind."

Rekha is now preparing for her role in Hema Malini 's film, to be directed by Revathy . Esha Deol will be seen with her in the film.

"Hemaji has the most radiant and goddess-like face I've seen. When Lataji called me a reincarnation of goddess Laxmi, I was over the moon. But really, she was just being so kind. I don't really want to be a goddess, or a diva or whatever I'm called. I just want to fulfill my responsibilities. If you ask me to assess myself, I'm an okay actress and a good human being. But I'm not content. I still have a dream. Don't ask me what it is. I don't know."

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