Happy Birthday Rekha, The Eternal Bollywood Diva!

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Believe it or not but the eternal Bollywood diva Rekha turns 64 today and doesn’t look a day over 40! The actress made her film debut way back in 1970 and has since ruled over the hearts of generations with her majestic voice, her brilliant acting and graceful persona that is still unmatched all over the world.

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VeryFilmi celebrates her birthday by taking you down the memory lane through 20 of her most famous songs that have kept her in demand for the last 48 years!

Rampur Ka Laxman – Gumm Hai Kisike Pyaar Mein (1972)

Before she teamed with Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha spent the early 70s with leading men who were established like Rajesh Khanna and Randhir Kapoor. This film was one of her earlier successes and helped her establish her name in the industry as a rising star.

Ghar – Tere Bina Jia Jaye Na (1978)

Ghar – Aajkal Paon Zameen Par (1978)

Rekha and Vinod Mehra were a hit pair in the 70s and she was said to have been romantically involved with the actor, although they remained ‘best friends’ till death did them apart. In this Gulzar directed classic, the two appeared as a happily married couple whose life was turned upside down by an accident.

Muqaddar Ka Sikandar – Salam-e-Ishq Meri Jaan (1978)

And when she teamed with Big B, she was at her best. Whether they were romantically involved when on sets (or off it) remains a mystery but whenever they shared the screen, they created magic as in Muqaddar Ka Sikandar.

Mr Natwarlal – Pardesia (1979)

And in Mr Natwarlal, they looked stunning together.

Suhaag – Imtehan Hai (1979)

In Suhaag, she looked so beautiful that anyone would have done whatever she said, just like Big B did!

Ram Balram – Yar Ki Khabar Mil Gayi (1980)

And in the Western attire, they looked like a pair straight from a Hollywood Western!

Khoobsurat – Sun Sun Sun Didi Tere Lye (1980)

Khoobsurat – Saare Neeyam Tod do (1980)

When she took to comedy, she had no match as in this Hrishikesh Mukherjee film where she sang, danced and rebelled at the same time.

Umrao Jaan – In Aankhon Ki Masti (1981)

Umrao Jaan – Dil Cheez Kya Hai (1981)

She was as graceful as a courtesan from Lucknow could be in this Muzaffar Ali classic where she danced into our hearts on some amazing songs from Asha Bhosle.

Silsila – Ladki Hai Yeh Shola (1981)

Silsila – Yeh Kahan Aagaye Hum (1981)

Silsila – Neela Aasman (1981)

Then came her final film with Amitabh Bachchan where she was paired with her alleged partner’s wife Jaya Bachchan but who cares as long as we got to hear perfect romantic songs in amazing locations!

Agar Tum Na Hote – Humain Aur Jeenay Ki (1983)

She reteamed with Rajesh Khanna in the 80s to give hit films including this one where she lip synced Lata’s evergreen number to perfection.

Jhooti – Chanda Dekhe Chanda (1985)

In her last film with Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the actress played a girl who never speaks the truth and that’s what always steered her away from trouble, only to bring her back into it. In this Bappi Lahiri classic song, Raj Babbar romances with her in the perfect way a gentleman should in front of his family.

Janbaaz – Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo (1986)

Long before item numbers became a rage, Rekha was part of one in Feroze Khan’s Janbaaz and displayed her dancing skills to perfection.

Khoon Bhari Maang – Main Ghazab Ki Haseena (1988)

In one of her last films as a leading lady, Rekha played a survivor who return from the jaws of death to make life hell for those responsible for the act.  Here she is seen combating for the best dancer’s prize with Sonu Walia and won it fair and square.

Mujhe Mere Biwi Se Bachao – Naach Meri Jaan Naach (2001)

Rekha kept herself valid in the new millennium as well, playing with our hearts in this song where she leads and Arshad Warsi follows.

Parineeta – Kaisi Hai Yeh Paheli (2005)

While in Parineeta, she makes a guest appearance as a cabaret dancer who shows us that age is just a number and that if you feel young, you will look young as well.

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