Birthday special: The untold secrets of Amitabh-Rekha’s “affair”


New Delhi: One of the most talked about affairs in Bollywood, Amitabh and Rekha’s alleged love saga has always remained an unspoken mystery as neither of the two have accepted their relationship in media so far. Undoubtedly, Amitabh and Rekha are the finest actors in the Hindi film industry.

The duo began interacting on the sets of the film,’Do Anjaane’ in 1976, when Amitabh was married to Jaya Bachchan. In the starting days, both of them reportedly began meeting at Rekha’s friend’s bungalow. Their reported affair came under the spotlight during the shooting of the film,’Ganga Ki Saugandh’ when Amitabh got angry at his co-star for misbehaving with Rekha. This incident hinted towards their secret affair, Surprisingly, Director Yash Chopra reportedly confirmed their relationship in an interview.

Rekha’s surprise entry at Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh’s wedding caught the attention of everyone as she was wearing sindoor and mangalsutra. According to a leading daily, “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.”

Reportedly, after this incident, Jaya invited Rekha home for dinner and mentioned indirectly that she will never leave her husband in any case. This was a turning point for Rekha that she had two choices- to marry Amitabh or stay single!.

While interacting with media in Filmfare magazine(1984), Rekha expressed on Big B’s refusal to their secret relationship.”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 ways towards me in private, I would have been very disappointed.” she quoted.

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

Till date, Amitabh has never admitted his relationship with Rekha. The pair was last seen on the big screen with the blockbuster film,’Silsila’. Also, Rekha has been wearing sindoor for a long time and says that it suits her.

Even now, Rekha is in awe of the Big B and showed her affection for him in an interview by saying,“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.”

According to reports, after ‘Silsila’, Amitabh never interacted with Rekha. The reported couple came close by starring in ‘Shamitabh’directed by R Balki but didn’t share the screen together in any scene.