We all know about the alleged affair between Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha, which Big B never accepted and the actress never denied. In a throwback interview with Filmfare in November 1984, Rekha openly talked about her feelings for Amitabh and revealed that they both are in love. Not just that, in the same interview, the yesteryear actress also took a dig at Jaya Bachchan and said that while she is the other woman, Jaya has this cute bechari image.
Amitabh Loves Me
Talking about Amitabh's denial about their relationship, Rekha said, "Why should he have not done it? He did it to protect his image, to protect his family, to protect his children. I think it is beautiful, I don't care what the public thinks of it. Why should the public know of my love for him or his love for me? I love him, he loves me - that's it! I don't care what anybody thinks.''
He Wanted To Protect Jaya
''If he'd reacted that way towards me in private, I would have been very disappointed. But has he ever done that? I ask you. So why should I care about what he's said in public? I know people must be saying bechari Rekha, pagal hai us par, phir bhi dekho. Maybe I deserve that pity. Not that he has 10 rollicking affairs! Mr Bachchan is still old-fashioned. He doesn't want to hurt anybody, so why hurt his wife?"
Amitabh Will Deny It
"My reaction is not a typical reaction, I know that. But there's a total fulfilment. We are human beings who love and accept each other for what we are. There's more happiness in our lives than misery. Nothing else matters. But as long as I'm with that person, I don't care. I cannot identify me with anyone else. Don't publish this. For he'll deny it. Then I'll affirm it.''
His Camp Will Say I Am Nuts Like Parveen Babi
''Then there will be a statement from his camp saying, "No, no. she is nuts like Parveen Babi." Then I'll say "No, no. Parveen Babi is not here, but here I am to issue a statement." Anyway, why should I be talking to you about my personal life? I am a very creative person. I have lots of interests. People love talking about my personal life. But I want to keep it to myself. Mr Bachchan is important to me, not to anybody else."
Jaya Has This Cute Bechari Image
"No one cares about what I have to say. I'm basically the other woman na? Parents are also embarrassed. Which parents will not be when their son has an affair? And image ki baat hain na. No one looks inside. The other party has this cute bechari image which fits beautifully. The impression is good na? I'm free. The other person can't do that. Can't leave him and go away.''
I Must Give Jaya Bachchan The Credit
''Mind you, this is a very good quality. If you can kill your desire and stick to someone in spite of knowing that this person loves somebody else, stay under the same roof. It shows strength. I must give her credit. It's a plus point which I don't possess. I won't compromise. Give and take theek hain. But you might finish off the relationship if you compromise."
Despite Everything, This Relationship Has Gone On For 10 Years
"Today, I cannot imagine being committed to anyone else. One feels bound to this relationship. After all, despite everything, it has gone on for 10 years. It's incredible that it never stagnated.''
On Marrying Amitabh
''Touch wood. It might not (be) on for another 10 days, who knows? Whatever has happened in my life, the growth, the vitamins, the pep, everything comes from him. But marriage? Why should you think of the impossible and be unhappy?"