Rekha- a name which has reigned the heart and the mind of all cinegoers in the decades of 60, 70 and 80. Debuted in 1966 as a child artist in a Telugu film, she has come a long way braving all kinds of criticism both on professional and personal fronts. Enduring all the odds, she has been successfully made her mark and her presence felt. Today, she has established herself in a position where people no matter how much speculate her relationship status, her alleged relationship with an all time superstar or her parentage; they revere her for her uprightness, boldness and fierceness.
In a country like India where there is so many hue and cries over what women wear and their code of conducts, she chose to put vermilion just because she thinks it suits her. This is why Rekhaji has an undisputed place in our hearts. Love her or hate her but you cannot ignore her. She has just turned 63 and on this occasion, here are some events where she has presented herself as an ageless diva.
- If anyone has ever done best justice to Kanjeevaram silk sarees then it has to be Rekha. She prefers heavy golden bordered silk sarees. Crimson lips are her trademark style statement. Nowadays, that she is rarely seen in movies, we find her attending events and award functions, she is always seen in heavy silk sarees, gold traditional jewelries, untied hair or a bun with gajra and not to miss bright red lipstick. That is Rekha to us, an epitome of Indian beauty.
- During her hay-days, she did not shy away from wearing all kinds of outfits. Her best quality was she knew what suits her and what does not. She knew she had perfect Indian body- voluptuous and heavily built. So she rarely was seen in revealing attire, unless script wanted it. Audiences loved her style in films like Jhoothi, Khoobsurat and the likes where she wore simple girl next door clothes with hair tied up in two braids. It had become a fashion rage in those days.
- How can we forget the demeanor in which she carried the heavy ornamental look of ancient India in Utsav or style of a tawaif or courtesan of medieval age in Umrao Jaan. From that simple look to the decked up look with heavy gold and pearl jewelries and crisp cotton sarees of Vasantsena or golden lehenga and dupatta of Amiran- she glided into the new façade so smoothly. And we still cannot help but swoon for her.
- In late eighty to nineties, we saw a different Rekha. Her fashion style saw a major transformation in this phase. Crochet tops or bandanas, glossy make up, twiggy eyes, big pearls for necklace, were her identification trends. Pouting for selfies is a rage today, but two to three decades back we saw Rekha in a magazine cover with the new age style- pixie cut, brown matte lips, winged ever liner and the famous pout is still inscribed in the heart of her fans.
- We are no one to judge but it cannot be denied that her best look was in movie Silsila. Her sizzling chemistry with co-star Amitabh, simple salwar suits to chiffon sarees in all the pastel shades from the palette of an artist. A small bindi and light jewelry to go with it and she nailed the perfect look. Her fans still cannot get over that. This look of her made such an impact in the psyche of the movie lovers that it became a trend to wear such sarees with flowing aanchal and crooning soft melodious numbers in the beautiful Alps.