Throwback: When Rekha got candid about Amitabh Bachchan denying their love affair

Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan have been one of the most talked about jodis both on and off the screen.
Throwback: When Rekha got candid about Amitabh Bachchan denying their love affairThrowback: When Rekha got candid about Amitabh Bachchan denying their love affair
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For the longest time, Bollywood has romanticised the idea of love on the silver screen. We have seen several romantic on-screen jodi which has reinstated our belief in true love time and again. Besides, the off screen jodis in Bollywood has also made heads turn time and again with their love affairs. One such pair was Bollywood’s man with the Midas touch Amitabh Bachchan and industry’s eternal beauty Rekha. The duo has been one of the most popular onscreen pairs and has given several blockbuster hits together including Suhaag, Mr Natwarlal, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, etc. While people were in awe of their onscreen equation, their real life love story and sizzling chemistry was also a thing in the industry.

For the uninitiated, Big B and Rekha’s love story kick started on the sets of their 1976 release Do Anjaane. However, it made its way to the grapevine two years later and ever since then a lot has been said about this most talked about love affair. While the gossip mills were abuzz about Amitabh and Rekha’s affair, the Deewar star, who was married to Jaya Bachchan, never admitted of his relationship with his Muqaddar Ka Sikander co-star. However, Rekha being her unabashed self was unfazed about everything being said about her dating a married man.

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In fact, while Amitabh even denied dating Rekha, the latter, in an interview to Filmfare in 1984, asserted that the Sholay star did it to protect his image. She even asserted that while she is aware of Amitabh’s feelings for her, she isn’t bothered about what people think of her. Rekha added, “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. 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?”

Furthermore, Rekha emphasised that while her reaction isn’t typical but there is a lot of 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. 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 a lot 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,” Rekha was quoted saying.

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Interestingly, in the interview, Rekha had also spoken about having lots of children. In fact, she wanted to embrace motherhood by the age of 30 as she wanted her kids to physically grow with her. “I enjoy the privacy of my home. But I want the emptiness of my house to be filled with children. Just imagine, children running up the stairs. But I’m determined not to have only two children. 12 minimum,” the veteran actress had stated.

The Umrao Jaan actress had also mentioned that she will never have a child out of wedlock. She said, “It may be for personal reasons because I’ve seen what my mother has gone through. Bringing up children without a father. I won’t deny my child that. I don’t know when I’ll have a child. I might never have one. Children may tie me down to domesticated life. And I’ve other dreams too.”

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For the uninitiated, Rekha had married businessman Mukesh Aggarwal in 1990 who apparently committed suicide after seven months of their wedding.

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Anonymous 2 months ago

She got married to Vinod Mehra,Mukesh Agarwal and he had affairs with parveen Babi, Zinat Aman. Rekha was his one of the side kick. Rekha was not faithful to Him either.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Then Rekha now Kangana.. weak and selfish men!!!

Anonymous 2 months ago

I am Still confused how come any woman with self esteem can go for a married man and especially when the man is not in mood to accept it and more keen to keep his magnum image intact. It’s not love. It’s lust and relationship with benefits. Sorry. Both AB and Rekha Mam are equally wrong and responsible for this mess.

Anonymous 2 months ago

He doesn't want to hurt his wife...lol!!! He is not having 10 rollicking affair...lol lol lol! She is the lucky one because he has one affair and that is with you...wah bhai wah!

Anonymous 2 months ago

I can feel AB"s bloated ego .wow ... Women fighting for him .. his wife clinging to him ...

Anonymous 2 months ago

Rekha sridevi vyjayantimala jayaprada Hema they all ran after married men .wonder why .

Anonymous 2 months ago

Poor thing till the end her quest for the perfect man remained unfulfilled .her sister was wiser she married at the right age .

Anonymous 2 months ago

If she loved him,why did she marry Mukesh? Love vanished then? When Amitabh had the accident she began a rollicking affair with Sanjay Dutt. Love vanished then? I think she tried to do a Hema Malini,but Amitabh got lucky..he had his accident, Rekhas true colours showed and rest is history

Anonymous 2 months ago

Completely agree with the 1st comment...daring to say something is fine but the other person should also have the guts the accept the relationship....rest all know who got all the things in her life n who is staying alone...

Anonymous 2 months ago

Love is truly blind. Men get it easy so why acknowledge it. Look at beauties like Hema,Sridevi,Rekha who were willing to bend backward for the men n ended up being miserable. These days girls are smart n not emotional fools but practical crooks. They have the cake n eat it too.

Anonymous 2 months ago

If he does not acknowledge you in public then you are a side piece that he is keeping around to boost his ego. It requires healthy self worth and self esteem to pursue healthy relationships. He went on to have children and grandchildren, career, social life and all without ever acknowledging her. She is living alone, no family, no career, socially recluse and most of her contemporaries pity her. Women need to stop making poor choices.

Anonymous 2 months ago

She is psycho, I think she is a lesbian, Jaya don't want Amitabh, but she being there is punishment to both of them. Jaya lives separately from Amitabh but he likes his image and fame do much he will not go after Rekha. He has his grands to explain to, so technically both are punish by Jaya without words and fight. She is a government minister and lives her own lives yet she maintains the pseudo marriage.

Anonymous 2 months ago

TRUTH

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