Over her career span, Rekha has been subjected to various rumours out of which her alleged affairs with co-stars, filmmakers, and others, have always managed to throw limelight on her. Recently, it was reported by many that Sanjay Dutt is the reason why Rekha applies vermilion as they both are married. It was also quoted that this secret has been revealed in the biography of Rekha, which was written by Yasser Usman. However, the author denies of any such statements in his book, Rekha: The Untold Story.
He told Hinustan Times, “This is wrong. Nothing of this sort has been mentioned in my book. People don’t read properly.” The writer went on to narrate the incident quoted in the book, which dealt with the rumours of Sanjay and Rekha’s affair and wedding.
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He mentions, “Rekha and Sanjay Dutt were working in a film together, probably Zameen Aasmaan (1984). The rumors of their affair surfaced at that time. In fact, some went on to say that they got married. These rumors became so strong that Sanjay Dutt had to deny the allegations in a magazine. It was an official denial.” Yasser cleared mentioned that the two were not married and the rumour grew strong only because of Sanjay’s statement.
Rekha has been romantically linked to Amitabh Bachchan over the years. The two, who have done many films together, are still talk of the town whenever they cross paths in public.
In fact, as Yasser wrote in his book, the first time Rekha showed up with sindoor in her hair was during Rishi and Neetu Kapoor’s wedding. Here is an excerpt from the book as detailed in media…
“22 January, 1980. The occasion was Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh’s wedding. Neetu was a close friend of Rekha’s. The whole of R K Studio was grandly bedecked. The biggest names of the industry were in attendance, including Amitabh Bachchan, his wife, Jaya, and his parents. The party was in full flow. Amitabh was talking to Manmohan Desai in a corner and Jaya was sitting with her mother-in-law, Teji Bachchan, when Rekha made a sensational entry. Dressed in a magnificent white sari, Rekha had a bright red bindi on her forehead. But what caught everyone’s eye was the generous dabbing of sindoor in her hair. The cameras instantly pivoted away from Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, and frenetically photographed Rekha’s curious new look. The dull drone of everyone murmuring and whispering filled the evening air; everyone wanted to know: had Rekha married?
According to the Cine Blitz report, after congratulating Rishi and Neetu, Rekha went and stood bang in the middle of R K Studio’s garden. When had she ever shied away from attention, or controversy? But her eyes kept darting towards Amitabh every other second. Gathering courage, Rekha took hold of her close friend Snehlata Pandey, the doctor who is credited with introducing Rekha to aerobics and better diets, and went over to where Amitabh was standing. All eyes, quite naturally, followed her. They were seen chatting formally for a few minutes. According to a report in Stardust, “Jaya tried to keep a stoic front for a long time, but eventually she had to bend her head and let the tears roll down.”
A few moments later, Rekha exited the party, leaving behind a trail of unanswered questions. In a somewhat anticlimactic interview, Rekha later cleared the air: that evening, she had come to the reception straight from a shoot. The sindoor and mangalsutra she was wearing were part of her get-up for a film, which she had forgotten to remove.”
Well, rumours related to relationships or affairs are nothing new in the industry. Even the present generation of actors go through the same situation for years. Will it ever change? Only future has the answer to it. Meanwhile, we are extremely excited about Sanjay’s comeback film, Bhoomi and his biopic Dutt, starring Ranbir Kapoor.