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Bollywood Diva Rekha Turns 60

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Bollywood screen diva Rekha who mesmerized audiences in the ’70s and ’80s with hits like Muqaddar Ka Sikander, Do Anjaane, Khoobsurat and Umrao Jaan turned 60 today.

Rekha says there would not be any celebration around her birthday as she feels every day is special.

“I actually visit the temple every day but I genuinely don’t understand the importance that people give to their birthdays or any special day be it a festival or a birthday. I believe that every day is a celebration and every day I’m born anew and genuinely try to live every day differently,” she said.

Rekha said she remembers her mother Pushpavalli whom she fondly called ‘amma’ on her birthday.

The actress attributes her glow to the immense love she continues to get over the years from people and the good genes that she inherited from her parents Gemini Ganesan and Pushpavalli.

The extremely private actress who has acted in 180 films in a career spanning over 40 years continues to enthrall her fans with her occasional Bollywood outings most recent being Koi… Mil Gaya (2003), Krrish (2006) and Sadiyaan (2010).

Rekha is now gearing up for her next Bollywood release Super Nani in which her character of a grandmother is unappreciated by her children and husband. With the help of her grandson played by Sharman Joshi she transforms into a glamorous model.

She will next be seen in Aditya Roy Kapur and Katrina Kaif starrer Fitoor. Directed by Abhishek Kapoor the film is an adaptation of Great Expectations and will see Rekha playing the infamous character of Miss Havisham.

Her other role is in Amitabh Bachchan starrer and R Balki directed Shamitabh which is slated for a February 6 release next year. It is not clear whether she is sharing screen space with Bachchan in the film but it is their first movie together after ‘Silsila’ (1981).

Hailed as one of the finest talents of Hindi film industry Rekha started her career in 1966 at the age of 12 in National award winning Telugu film Rangula Ratnam. Four years later she made her debut as the lead actress in Bollywood film Sawan Bhadon opposite Navin Nischol.

Though many of her early movies were box office successes Rekha got recognition as a leading actress only in mid 1970s.

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