Rekha

Born Oct 10, 1954

Bhanurekha Ganesan, better known by her stage name Rekha, is an Indian actress who appears predominantly in Hindi films. Acknowledged as one of the finest actresses in Indian cinema, she has starred in more than 180 films and is the recipient of several accolades, including one National Film Award and three Filmfare Awards. She has often played strong and complicated female characters—from fictional to literary—in both mainstream and independent films. Though her career has gone through certain periods of decline, Rekha has gained a reputation for reinventing herself numerous times and has been credited for her ability to sustain her status. In 2010, the Government of India honoured her with Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour.
The daughter of actors Pushpavalli and Gemini Ganesan, Rekha started her career as a child actress in Telugu films Inti Guttu and Rangula Ratnam. Her first film as a lead happened with the Kannada movie Operation Jackpot Nalli C.I.D 999. Her Hindi debut with Sawan Bhadon established her as a rising star, but despite the success of several of her early films, she was often panned in the press for her looks and weight.
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“I didn't know what the word father mean't. When you think of father, when you mention the word father, it's someone in the church. That's all I know of a father.”

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