Molestation, affair and assault: 5 controversial episodes of Rekha’s life her biography highlights

MUMBAI: Usually celebrity biographies are interesting reads. It opens up a door into their personal world, which is mostly hidden from the general public. With Rekha, the situation is even more interesting. Why? The actress has been a recluse for years now and she had distanced herself from the media and the audience.

Now, a tell-all biography written by Yasser Usman, titled Rekha: The Untold Story, has been published by Juggernaut. And expectedly, a lot of explosive revelations have been made about different incidents and episodes of the actress’ life.

Here are 5 of the biggest and the most scandalous chapters of her life.

Forced smooch!

Rekha alleged that she was physically molested during the shoot of her first film Anjana Safar. In what was not informed to Rekha, the director and the film’s lead actor Biswajeet Chatterjee had it planned. Without letting Rekha know, Biswajeet suddenly smooched her in the scene all of a sudden and that went on for almost 5 minutes. Shocking!

Assault at Vinod Mehra’s mom’s hands:

Many people are aware that Rekha secretly married Vinod Mehra in Calcutta. Although the couple tried to keep things under control back home, Vinod’s mother was furious at his decision of marrying Rekha. The book reveals that his mom didn’t allow Rekha to enter their house and almost physically assaulted her with a chappal.

Mukesh Agarwal’s suicide:

Rekha shocked the nation when she announced that she had got married to Mukesh Agarwal. But the marriage didn’t survive for long and Mukesh committed suicide. He hung himself with Rekha’s dupatta around his neck. Nationwide, Rekha was called names and made to be a national vamp.Mukesh’s family and friends held Rekha responsible for his death and even accused Rekha of being involved with her secretary Farzana.

The Amitabh Bachchan affair:

The off screen Silsila had caused a crack in the Amitabh-Jaya relationship too. Reports suggest that Jaya had even barred Big B from acting with Rekha. In an interview with Stadust magazine in 1978, Rekha had made some shocking and explosive revelations about her love affair with Mr Bachchan. She targeted Jaya who she felt was responsible for Big B’s decision of never working with her again. “At an award function some time ago, I’d recited a few lines. Everyone imagined they were meant for him. But actually, it was for her,” said Rekha. She recited the lines in the interview: “I looked at you, you turned your face away. Why? You feel you are badly off, but can’t you see my position is worse? There is deep hurt in your gaze, but can’t you see that the wounds in my heart are deeper than your look?” She also mentioned how she got to know of Jaya’s angst. Rekha had revealed, “Once I was looking at the whole [Bachchan] family through the projection room when they came to see the trial show of Muqaddar Ka Sikandar. Jaya was sitting in the front row and he and his parents were in the row behind her. They couldn’t see her as clearly as I could. And during our love scenes, I could see tears pouring down her face. A week later [after the trial show of Muqaddar Ka Sikandar], everybody in the industry was telling me that he has made it clear to his producers that he was not going to work with me. Everybody else informed me about it but he didn’t say a word on the subject. When I tried to question him about it, he said, ‘I am not going to say a word. Don’t ask me about it’.”

The sindoor drama:

n a certain portion in the book, the writer has revealed how Rekha shocked everyone at the Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh wedding by wearing sindoor on her forehead. The guests and the media couldn’t stop wondering if Rekha had got secretly married. At the same party, Rekha went up to Big B and started chatting with him which left Jaya Bachchan fuming.