Happy Birthday Rekha: Umrao Jaan to Madam Maya, throwback to Rekha’s most fashionable onscreen avatars


Rekha is an evergreen magnificence and the yesteryear actor from Bollywood’s golden period has earned a repute for versatility and reinvention, doesn’t appear to be ageing in any respect. The actor, who has acted in additional than 180 Hindi movies and gained a Nationwide Movie Award, three Filmfare Awards in addition to a Padma Shri (2010), is understood for having performed sturdy feminine characters in mainstream and unbiased cinema, and her performances in films like Khubsoorat (1980), Silsila (1981), Umrao Jaan (1981), Kalyug (1981), Vijeta (1982), Jeevan Dhaara (1982), Agar Tum Na Hote (1983), Utsav (1984), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988), to call a number of are etched within the reminiscence of her followers until date. Aside from her reel success, profession hiatuses, turbulent private life, yet another factor that was additionally noteworthy was the style sense of the characters Rekha portrayed onscreen. And though now the actor is simply noticed in Benarasi silk sarees, conventional Indian jewelry, daring crimson lips, her beautiful black mane flowing behind her, her model assertion on display screen has had much more selection. The actor, whose many onscreen avatars encourage appears to be like in Bollywood films and popular culture until date, is popping 66 right this moment. From Umrao Jaan to Khiladiyo ka Khiladi, here’s a take a look at a few of her finest onscreen personas. Learn on:

Rekha performed the opposite girl alongside Amitabh Bachhan and Jaya Bachchan, who performed the spouse in Silsila, and her transformation to the opposite girl from a lady in love is translated completely via the wardrobe selections. Rekha wore a variety of fascinating shirt designs together with her sarees, sporting some distinctive jewelry items too. Though a lot easier than the opposite appears to be like, that is nonetheless some of the memorable onscreen roles that Rekha portrayed, it was additionally the final film by which she labored with Amitabh.

Rekha as Umrao Jaan
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Rekha’s embodiment of a younger lady Amiran, kidnapped and bought to a brothel, solely to later evolve into the well-known courtesan and poet, Umrao Jaan, in 19th century Lucknow sends chills down viewers’s spines until date. It was her portrayal of the gold hearted courtesan that gained her her Nationwide Award for Finest Actress. Rekha’s iconic character has been reprised in movie, theater and tv, in actual fact as soon as Rekha had admitted, “After studying the script, I had a wierd feeling that I had Umrao in me.” Director Muzaffar Ali was additionally mighty impressed with the actress, who spoke no Hindi when she started her profession – labored on her Urdu for the movie, mentioned that Rekha had purchased extra to the function than he may conceive.

Rekha as Madam Maya

Rekha as Madam Maya
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Transfer over Cruella de Vil, there’s one other evil fashionista in the home. Rekha’s portrayal of Madam Maya noticed her foray into destructive roles in Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996). Rekha’s copper wig, darkish shades, white hooded swimsuit, extreme and chunky gold jewelry and daring crimson lips made for a really attractive feminine villain. She made being dangerous look tremendous good.

Rekha’s portrayal of the antagonist Madam X, within the film by the identical identify, confirmed her character sporting a variety of brightly colored fits, that includes gold accents, capes, veils, hats, chains, you identify it. There was positively a Liberace vibe to her outfits, and a couple of standout search for positive.

Suppose Rekha’s look in Khoon Bhari Maang and you may be flooded with visions of mullets, blue lenses, foil, gold, silver, flamenco skirts, principally each single campiest factor you may consider, all put onto Rekha on the identical time. And whereas it could have been an excessive amount of style, solely Rekha may handle to drag the look off with such finesse.

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