Shahrukh Khan


Like most of us my age group, I have also been in love with Rekha from childhood. She is an extremely beautiful woman. I used to think she was first an extremely good dancer and and then a great actor. But those were my boyhood impressions. As I grew up, and also in my profession and understood a bit of filmmaking, my ‘sequential impressions’ changed and I realised that she is a great actor first, then a dancer.

People say Rekha was her best in Umrao Jaan. My memories of her remain intact from Mr Natwarlal than Umrao Jaan, where she looked inexpressively beautiful. That’s because in Umrao Jaan, you expect her to be a thespian, a great dancer, one with amazing style and adaayen. But in Mr Natwarlal, there is this one scene (it’s still so fresh in my mind), where she boards a plane with her cattle. There is so much innocence...

I must have met her about 10 times. I have never spent time or acted with her, which is when one gets to know other actors as people. Very few people know what Rekha is all about. She has guarded that knowledge very well, which is good. She has kept the world at bay and lets them know what she wants them to know. I have always wondered how she does it. The first time I met her was at Rakesh Shreshta’s studio. I was a new-comer, but she was kind and sweet to me. I remember, once she said she wanted to have coffee with me and my family in Delhi. So, one day she very sweetly called up my in-laws in Delhi and fixed up a date with them. I quite liked that about her. When people reach a certain level, they are very stingy with their compliments and very patronising. Rekha is not like that. She showers you with compliments and makes you feel positive. Rekha brings a smile to your face, which I think is a quality that all of us, specially the entertainers, should achieve.

There are many other stars and there will be plenty more but Rekha, with her enigmatic personality, remains the original diva of the Hindi film industry. She is what stars are made of. She is a true-blue star of all eras. I am a disbeliever in things like ‘mystique’ and ‘enigma’ of a star. I believe that the more upfront and clean you are, the more normal you come across. I am a believer that it is not special to be special but special to be ordinary. But, on the other extreme, there is a lot of beauty in the fact that it’s special to be special. I think Rekha’s would be a very, very special life. And, to be able to lead such an enigmatic life while sustaining your celebrity, requires a lot of power, grit and goodness. And that’s Rekha for me. Her attraction is her enigma.

 

 



Anupam Kher


Rekha is fantastic. She is another person who keeps reinventing herself. I am really looking forward to work with her. I am 100 percent sure she is looking as great as ever."


It is the fact that "all my scenes are with Rekha in 'Super Nani'.”It's a very wonderful role and it will be great to work with Rekha after a gap of so many years. I am excited to work with her. We are starting the shooting from the first week of February." I praise her films like 'Utsav', 'Ghar' and 'Umrao Jaan'

 

 



Hrithik Roshan



“She's cradled me as a child, she's watched me grow up, and I've just had the good fortune, the honor of working with her, rather live our parts as mother and son through my father's film. For some, she's a fantasy, for some a reality, but for me Rekha stands as the Epitome of Love. In fact, to define Love is to define someone like her. Coz love is her strength, love is her passion, love is what she lives by, love is what she gives, and love is all she expects in return. She is the many faces of love. Grace, dignity, and beauty, have never found one common _expression. She is what every man wants and what every woman wants to be. That is, Rekha for me. So, ladies and gentlemen, here is love herself. The one and only Rekha.”

 

 



Aamir Khan


“Rekhaji is an icon for us. Her portrayal of different and varied characters has shown the range of her acting. It is a dream of every new filmmaker to work with her.”

 

 

 



Upen Patel


Rekha is the REKHA. Everything about her is mysterious and alluring. Her style, grace, the way she is portrayed in films. She is also my dad's favourite actress.

 

 

 



Tusshar Kapoor


When I was growing up there was a phase when Rekha did most of the movies with my dad. You know, the typical family dramas. She was the wife, and my father, the husband. I used to be quite happy to watch her with my dad in all his films, like quite the done thing, like a daily thaali. Then when I saw Himmatwala, with dad and Sridevi, I was like, 'Who is she? We don't want her to be playing my dad's wife, she's so... eeeee!' I was a die-hard Rekha loyalist.

 

 


Chiranjeevi

 

I was very confident till 10 minutes when the anchors announced that I would be receiving award from Rekha. Rekha was my dream girl. I grew up adoring her.

I would love to know how she maintains her body so slim for so many years. If she could tell me that I would become her sishya (protege) for rest of my life. Incidentally this is my 7th filmfare award. When I got my 1st filmfare awards, Kamal Hassan has already won 14 filmfare awards.

At that time, I thought that I would be great if I could get at least half of what Kamal has got. With this award, I got half of what Kamal Hassan got. Now my goal is to get another 7 so that I could equal him.

The Nandi awards take into consideration about artistic value of the films and consider only straight Telugu films. But histrionics are beyond remakes. I feel that Filmfare considers real talent and popularity. I respect Filmfare awards.

 

 


Manoj Bajpai


If I am comfortable playing Rekha's husband in Zubeidaa it's because she was firm. She told me, Manoj, "Here, I am playing your wife. So treat me like your wife."

 

 

 


Farooq Shaikh


“Rekha is one of the most vibrant and spontaneous actors I have ever worked with. While working with her in Umraao Jaan , I came to know why she is called one of the finest actors. Her reactions in every scene and her portrayal of the character helped me give a better performance,”

 

 

 


Shashi Kapoor


I saw her first film Sawan Bhadon with Jennifer and I didn't think much of her. At that time women used to wear those ugly hairdos and outrageous eye make-up and Rekha had plenty of both. But Jennifer seemed to have an intuition about her. 'This girl is going to be a big actress,' she said. At that time Rekha was staying at a hotel at Juhu and she used to come to watch my shooting. I never took her seriously. I used to think, yeh gol matol kya karegi (what can this plump girl do)?