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Rekha in 2016
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
27 April 2012 – 26 April 2018
Personal details
Bhanurekha Ganesan

(1954-10-10) 10 October 1954 (age 65)[1][2][3]
Madras, Madras State, India (present-day Chennai, Tamil Nadu)
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Mukesh Agarwal (m.1990–1991; his death)
ParentsGemini Ganesan (father)
Pushpavalli (mother)
RelativesSavitri (step-mother)
Kamala Selvaraj (half-sister)
Shubha (cousin)
Vedantam Raghavaiah (uncle)[4]
ResidenceHyderabad, India; Maharashtra, India
Alma materSacred Heart Convent, Church Park, Chennai, India
AwardsPadma Shri (2010)

Bhanurekha Ganesan (born 10 October 1954[1][2][3]), better known by her stage name Rekha, is an Indian film actress. Noted for her versatility and acknowledged as one of the finest actresses in Indian cinema,[5] Rekha started her career in 1966 as a child actress in the Telugu film Rangula Ratnam, though her film debut as a lead happened four years later with Sawan Bhadon. Despite the success of several of her early films, she was often panned for her looks and it was not until the mid-to-late 1970s that she got recognition as an actress.[6]

Rekha has acted in more than 180 films in her career spanning over 50 years. Throughout her career, she has often played strong female characters and, apart from mainstream cinema, appeared in arthouse films, known in India as parallel cinema.She has won three Filmfare Awards, two for Best Actress and one for Best Supporting Actress, for her roles in Khubsoorat (1980), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988) and Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996), respectively. Her portrayal of a classical courtesan in Umrao Jaan (1981) won her the National Film Award for Best Actress. Though her career has gone through certain periods of decline, she has reinvented herself numerous times and has been credited for her ability to sustain her status.[7]

In 2010, she was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India.[8]

Early life

Rekha was born in Madras on 10 October 1954 to Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan and Telugu actress Pushpavalli.[3] Her father did not acknowledge his paternity during her childhood.[9]

Rekha has a sister, one half-brother and five half-sisters.[10] It was in early 1970s, when she was looking for a footing in Bollywood, that she revealed her origins. Later, at the peak of her career, Rekha told a magazine interviewer that her father's neglect still rankled and that she had ignored his efforts at reconciliation.[9]

Rekha attended Sacred Heart Convent for Girls in Yercaud, Tamil Nadu.[citation needed] At the age of 13, she quit school to start a career in acting. She did not have any personal aspirations in this direction, but the troubled financial state of her family compelled her to do so.[11]

She considers Telugu to be her mother tongue.[12] She has stated that she thinks in English.[13]

Other Languages
العربية: ريخا
asturianu: Rekha
azərbaycanca: Rekha
भोजपुरी: रेखा
Deutsch: Rekha
español: Rekha
français: Rekha
한국어: 레카 (배우)
հայերեն: Ռեքհա
हिन्दी: रेखा
Bahasa Indonesia: Rekha
italiano: Rekha
עברית: רקהה
ಕನ್ನಡ: ರೇಖಾ
मैथिली: रेखा
मराठी: रेखा
Bahasa Melayu: Rekha
ଓଡ଼ିଆ: ରେଖା
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਰੇਖਾ
پنجابی: ریکھا
پښتو: رېکها
polski: Rekha
português: Rekha
русский: Рекха
සිංහල: රේඛා
suomi: Rekha
తెలుగు: రేఖ
اردو: ریکھا
vepsän kel’: Rekha
中文: 瑞卡