The evergreen diva of Hindi cinema, Rekha, turns 63 today. The actress was born on 10 October, 1954 in Chennai. She has worked her charm on the entire country, thanks to her numerous films, both critically and commercially successful. Rekha is one of those celebs who love story remains incomplete.
Amitabh and Rekha’s love story is one of the most talked about affairs of Bollywood even till date. Yet, this much-talked about love story always remained a mystery as both the actors never accepted their relationship in public.
Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha are two legendary actors of Bollywood who have always charmed us with their good looks and amazing acting skills. They have worked together in many movies and given ample blockbusters for us to cherish their chemistry forever. Every Bollywood fan knows that the duo also had a romantic relationship in real life that translated into that sizzling chemistry onscreen. But how many of you know the details of this incomplete love saga? Read here to learn more about the facts related to the incomplete love story of Rekha and Amitabh.
Their courtship period
Rekha and Amitabh fell in love during the making of ‘Do Anjaane’ in 1976. They started dating discreetly and used to often meet at a bungalow that belonged to Rekha’s friend.
How their relationship caught media attention
Everything was under wraps until one day during the shoots of Ganga Ki Saugandh (1978), Big B reportedly lost his temper on a co-actor who was misbehaving with Rekha. After this, their affair came in the limelight and grabbed the media attention. The two denied the affiar, but it is loud and clear that the two were dating each other. In one of the interviews, Silsila director, Yash Chopra confirmed their relationship!
When Rekha attended Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh’s wedding wearing a Sindoor and Mangal sutra
The gossip mills started churning out stories of Rekha-Amitabh’s affair when Rekha appeared at Neetu and Rishi Kapoor’s wedding wearing sindoor and mangalsutra. It could have been her new found style statement but paparazzi spread the news that Rekha and Amitabh must have secretly tied the knot and hence Rekha’s new avatar of a married woman.
When Jaya came to know about their relationship
It was reported that after this incident, Jaya Bachchan invited Rekha home for dinner and told her candidly that she would never leave her husband whatever may happen. And likewise, Jaya kept her promise till the very end. Rekha finally realised that she either want to be Mrs. Bachchan or stay single!
Their last movie together
Rekha didn’t want to be termed as the “other woman” and preferred to walk away from Amitabh’s life. ‘Silsila’ was their last movie together and had Amitabh, Jaya and Rekha playing their respective roles as it was in real life. Yash Chopra had revealed that he was always on tenterhooks as it was their real story being depicted on screen.
Rekha’s revelation of their relationship
Their love story faded eventually and Amitabh never spoke of it in public till date. However, Rekha opened up in an interview to Filmfare about their romantic involvement and said, “Why should he have not done it? He did it to protect his image, his family and his children. Why should the public know of my love for him or his love for me? I love him and he loves me- that’s it! If he’d reacted that way towards me in private, I would have been very disappointed. Mr. Bachchan is still old-fashioned. He doesn’t want to hurt anybody so why to hurt his wife?”
The Silsila ended…
Their love story could not blossom into a flower and it left behind its never ending aroma of true love. After all, true love is not always about having your love by your side, sometimes seeing your lover happy is what makes you happy.