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Happy Birthday: Rekha's rare and unseen pictures

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Born as Banurekha Ganeshan, now known as Rekha is celebrating her 58th birthday today. She was 13 when she came to Mumbai from Madras (Chennai) to work in Bollywood. She started working at a very young age to support her family financially. No one had imagined then that this dark complexion and plump figured girl will be ruling the Hindi Film industry in the coming years.

Rekha was born in Chennai to Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan and Telugu actress Pushpavalli. Rekha's parents were not married. Her father enjoyed considerable success as an actor, though he never accepted Rekha during her childhood. This was the reason for a rift between her and her father.

In the early stage of her career, Rekha was heavily criticised for being overweight and dark. She was tagged as an ugly duckling because she looked unconventional as all actresses of her times were slimmer and fairer.

Here are some of the rare and unseen pictures of Birthday girl Rekha.

Rekha's Rare And Unseen Pictures

Rekha appeared as a child actress in the Telugu film Rangula Ratnam (1966). She made her debut as heroine in the successful Kannada film Goa dalli CID 999 with Rajkumar in 1969. Her first film as a lead actress in Bollywood was Sawan Bhadon (1970).

Rekha's Rare And Unseen Pictures

For the initial few years of her career, Rekha was criticised for her ugly looks. It was in the late 1970s that she went through a image transformation and emerged as a sex goddess.

Rekha's Rare And Unseen Pictures

Do Anjaane (1976) was Rekha's first performance oriented film and her fans loved her new makeover in the film. Though 1978 film Ghar in which she played a rape victim, gave her first Filmfare best actress nomination.

Rekha's Rare And Unseen Pictures

1978 film Muqaddar Ka Sikandar became one of the biggest hit of that year and brought Rekha into the list of A-class actress. But she won her first Filmfare award for Hrishikesh Mukherjee's comedy film Khoobsurat.

Rekha's Rare And Unseen Pictures

Rekha is still remembered for her memorable performance in Umrao Jaan. She specially learned Urdu for the film. Umrao Jaan is considered as the milestone film of Rekha's career. She also won the National Film Award for Best Actress for Umrao Jaan.

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