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The Bollywood industry is well known for unsolved mysteries and controversies and another mystery revolves around two powerful celebrities of the industry, Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha.

Amitabh and Rekha’s love story remains the most talked-about till date. The rumored that two has held the country captive for many decades now. In Spite of being such a famous love story, it always remained a mystery since none of them accepted their relationship in public. Though two of them themselves spoke very less about their affair, people had more assumptions and we heard a lot of rumors.

Here are some of the secrets of our two Bollywood legends Rekha and Amitabh’s love story, about how it started and how it all ended.

Incomplete love story of legends

Their love story started in the year 1976 on the sets when they were shooting for Do Anjaane (1976) when Amitabh was already a married man. Though they always kept their relationship a secret, they used to meet at Rekha’s friend’s bungalow initially, and no one had a hunch about them being in an affair. But, an incident happened and the reality came out.

In the year 1978, when they were on the sets of Ganga Ki Saugand, there was a co-star who misbehaved with Rekha and Big-B lost his cool and raised his voice, and after that, they came in the limelight and media wasn’t far to focus on the matter. They kept on denying about their relationship but it was quite clear with their actions and later in an interview, Silsila director Yash Chopra even gave confirmation about their relationship.

Amitabh Rekha relationship
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Media started hyping it, they even rumored that both Rekha and Amitabh have secretly married each other. And these rumors caught more fire when Rekha made an entry to Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh’s wedding with sindoor and mangalsutra. She even went straight to Amitabh Bachchan, and they started talking. And after a certain time, gossip queen left the venue and left people with so many questions in their mind.

One of the sources even revealed how Jaya responded to all this situation at that time,

“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.”

rekha at rishi kapoor wedding
Rekha is sitting with the bride during Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh’s wedding. hindustantimes

When Jaya came to know about the affair

It was reported that, after Jaya came to know about their affair, she called Rekha home for dinner and mentioned this to her that she would never leave her husband, no matter whatever happens, and as we see, Jaya kept her promise. To which Rekha decided that she either can be Mrs. Bachchan or stay single forever.

In an interview with Film fare Magazine 1984, Rekha supporting Amitabh mentioned that,

“Why should he have not done it? He did it to protect his image, his family, his children. Why should the public know of my love for him or his love for me? I love him and he loves me- that’s it! If he’d reacted that way towards me in private, I would have been very disappointed.”

Jaya Bachchan and Rekha

Rekha added further,

“Mr. Bachchan is still old-fashioned. He doesn’t want to hurt anybody, so why hurt his wife?”

While Mr. Bachchan never admitted his love for Rekha publicly, Rekha was bold enough to accept her love for him. In an interview with Yash Chopra with BBC, Chopra said,

“I was always on tenterhooks and scared (during Silsila) because it was real life coming into reel life. Jaya is his wife and Rekha is his girlfriend and the same story is going on (in real life). Anything could have happened because they are working together.”

Amitabh Rekha Jaya

Once the shooting of the movie got over, their love story gradually started fading on screen as well as off-screen. Rekha realized that Amitabh won’t leave Jaya for her and moreover, she was not ready to settle down with the rule of a second woman in Amitabh’s life. They gradually started avoiding each other both on-screen and off-screen.

Rekha Amitabh Love Story

Mystery behind Sindoor

Even though their paths were separated and they were not dating each other anymore, Sindoor on Rekha’s forehead was always a questionable thing. It was rumored that she put sindoor on her forehead for Big B.

When Rekha was asked about this, her statement was very much clear, where she mentioned:

“In the city, I come from, it’s fashionable to wear sindoor.”

Again in a candid interview in 2008, Rekha was asked asked about sindoor. She said,

“I don’t worry about people’s reactions. By the way, I think it looks rather nice on me. Sindoor suits me.”

Why Rekha wears Sindoor

Rekha’s marriage with Mukesh Aggarwal

When Rekha’s and Amitabh’s relationship came to an unfortunate end, she finally decided to move on and got married to Mukesh Aggarwal in the year 1990. In one of her recent biography, there is a chapter which gives us a clear view of her marriage, mentioning

“Rekha was finally getting married. After a lifetime of seeking, Rekha, born out of wedlock, had finally got what she most desired: a legitimate surname.”

Rekha marriage with Mukesh Aggarwal

Right after 3 years of their marriage, Rekha was completely broken to know that her husband was suffering from mental illness. She tried to take some time out and get some solution to control everything, but even after constant efforts nothing worked out, gradually she lost all the hopes and started avoiding him. She even left his house and started avoiding his calls and texts, when he was not able to take all this, he decided to end all this by taking his life and eventually he hanged himself with his wife’s dupatta.

Everyone in his family and people around blamed Rekha and even called her “vamp”, not only by their family but also by the media and some film fraternity.

rekha husband mukesh aggarwal

Rekha still in love with Amitabh?

Though, we can conclude that Rekha had been unlucky in love throughout, but when asked in an interview that if she would like to be stopped connecting her name with Mr. Bachchan, her response was,

“Why? I hope not. Mr. Bachchan is one of the best things to have happened in my life. The best teacher, the best guru. Well, I’ve chosen to learn as much from his off-camera.. as from his on-camera demeanours.”

Amitabh Rekha love affair

The lonely life of Rekha has seen some truths and so many rumors. Even her marriage with Delhi based Mukesh Aggarwal did not last long. But whatever the circumstances had been for her and Amitabh’s breakup, the heavy aura of this sad love-story still lingers on! And even after so many ups and downs in Rekha’s life, her zeal towards life hasn’t ended. She rose above it and reinvented herself anew and proved that she’s still a diva!


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