Rekha

  • Birthday: 10. October 1954
  • Birthplace: Madras, Madras State, India (now Chennai, Tamil Nadu)
  • Awards: National Film Award for Best Actress - 1981, Filmfare Award for Best Actress - 1981, Filmfare Award for Best Actress - 1989

Biography

Rekha Ganesan (born 10 October 1954), better known by her stage name Rekha, is an Indian film actress who has mainly appeared in Hindi films. Noted for her versatility and acknowledged as one of the finest actresses in Hindi cinema, Rekha started her career in 1966 as a child actress in the Telugu film Rangula Ratnam, though her film debut as a lead happened four years later with Sawan Bhadon. Despite the success of several of her early films, she was often panned for her looks and it was not until the mid-to-late 1970s that she got recognition as an actress.

Rekha has acted in over 180 films in a career spanning over 40 years. Throughout her career, she has often played strong female characters and, apart from mainstream cinema, appeared in arthouse films, known in India as parallel cinema. She has won three Filmfare Awards, two for Best Actress and one for Best Supporting Actress, for her roles in Khubsoorat (1980), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988) and Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996), respectively. Her portrayal of a classical courtesan in Umrao Jaan (1981) won her the National Film Award for Best Actress. Though her career has gone through certain periods of decline, she has reinvented herself numerous times and has been credited for her ability to sustain her status. In 2010, she was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India.


Movies

1979 - Jaani Dushman
Aag Ka Dariya - 1990
1976 - Aaj Ka Mahaatma
1978 - Aakhri Daku
1975 - Aakraman
1980 - Aanchal
1977 - Aap Ki Khatir
1983 - Agar Tum Na Hote
1979 - Ahinsa
1977 - Alaap
1973 - Anokhi Ada
1987 - Apne Apne
1984 - Asha Jyoti
1973 - Barkha Bahar
1981 - Baseraa
1978 - Bhola Bhala
1989 - Bhrashtachar
1984 - Bindiya Chamkegi
1988 - Biwi Ho To Aisi
1977 - Chakkar Pe Chakkar
1981 - Chashme Buddoor
1981 - Chehre Pe Chehra
Clerk
1975 - Dharam Karam
1973 - Dharma
1975 - Dharmatma
1978 - Dil Aur Deewar
1977 - Dildaar
1974 - Do Aankhen
1976 - Do Anjaane
1979 - Do Shikaari
1972 - Do Yaar
1972 - Double Cross - 1972
1974 - Duniya Ka Mela
1972 - Ek Bechara
1981 - Ek Hi Bhool
1988 - Ek Naya Rishta
1971 - Elaan
1977 - Farishta Ya Qatil
1978 - Ganga Ki Saugandh
1972 - Gaon Hamara Shaher Tumhara
1993 - Geetanjali
1978 - Ghar
1982 - Ghazab
1981 - Ghungroo Ki Awaaz
1979 - Gol Maal
1972 - Gora Aur Kala
1971 - Haseenon Ka Devata
1974 - Hawas
1988 - Ijaazat
1977 - Immaan Dharam
1986 - Insaaf Ki Awaaz
1992 - Insaaf Ki Devi
1986 - Jaal - 1986
1987 - Jaan Hatheli Pe
1979 - Jaani Dushman - 1979
1980 - Jal Mahal
1982 - Jeevan Dhaara
1953 - Jeewan Jyoti
1985 - Jhoothi
1980 - Judaai
1980 - Jyoti Bane Jwala
1976 - Kabeela
1977 - Kachcha Chor
1973 - Kahani Kismat Ki
1975 - Kahte Hain Mujhko Raja
1980 - Kali Ghata
1981 - Kalyug
1978 - Karmayogi
1979 - Kartavya
1973 - Kashmakash
1973 - Keemat
1988 - Khoon Bhari Maang
1973 - Khoon Khoon
1977 - Khoon Pasina
1980 - Khubsoorat
1989 - Ladaai
1981 - Mangalsutra
1973 - Mehmaan
1979 - Mr. Natwarlal
1978 - Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
1978 - Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
1976 - Nagin
1973 - Namak Haraam
1980 - Neeyat
1977 - Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein
1978 - Parmatma
1974 - Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye
1979 - Prem Bandhan
Pyar Ki Jeet
1972 - Raampur Ka Lakshman
1978 - Rahu Ketu
1980 - Ram Balram
1977 - Ram Bharose
1978 - Ram Kasam
1197 - Saawan Ke Geet
1971 - Saaz Aur Sanam
Sansar
1970 - Sawan Bhadon
1972 - Sazaa
1990 - Sheshnaag
1981 - Silsila
Soorma Bhopali
1979 - Suhaag
1981 - Umrao Jaan
1984 - Utsav
1982 - Vijeta
1972 - Zameen Aasmaan
1984 - Zameen Aasmaan