Rekha may be the ultimate fashion icon in Bollywood but there was a time when people mocked her for her looks. Rekha started her career in cinema as a child artist and slowly but steadily became one of Hindi cinema’s most bankable stars. She has delivered multiple hits like Silsila, Umrao Jaan, Khubsoorat and Muqaddar Ka Sikandar. However, during her appearance on the popular chat show, Rendezvous with Simi Garewal, Rekha revealed that her school friends didn’t believe she’d ever make it big.
“I was happy as I was getting all the importance and attention. My sisters were very happy too, my mother was very happy. We could buy all the cars and the house. And what’s more, my school friends were really envious because when I would say to them who knows maybe I will be a star tomorrow, and they would say, ‘achha, apni shaqal dekhi hai aaine mein? (Really, have you seen your face in the mirror?)’ and they didn’t know where to look (after my first film was a hit) as they said, ‘Bhanu’s made it after all’,” she said. Rekha’s birth name is Bhanurekha.
She also revealed that she had no intention of becoming an actor at the age of 13. “No, Never. At that point, all I wanted was to be married and to be loved and to spend the rest of my life with somebody who truly truly truly cared for me and have children. Lots and Lots and lots of children. I wonder why I felt like that then. But that’s what she (Bhanurekha) wanted,” she said.