As Bollywood’s evergreen enchantress Rekha turned 65 on Thursday, her millions of fans in India and different parts of the world were ecstatic, many of them pouring heartfelt wishes onto social media platforms despite her lack of presence on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
With over 2,000 mentions each, #Rekha #Rekhaji was trending on Twitter. Several Bollywood celebrities also joined in to express their wishes.
When good vibes attract like minded people.— Team Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) October 10, 2019
During one meeting, #Rekha ji told #Kangana that if she ever had a daughter, she would be like her!
Here's wishing #KanganaRanaut's godmother Rekha ma'am a very happy birthday. pic.twitter.com/dRP7gwXlp7
It is a myth that Rekha ages. She only celebrates birthdays, never ages:) Happy Birthday to the woman who wrote her own story. pic.twitter.com/Mz9oQyFSxe— Sunanda Vashisht (@sunandavashisht) October 10, 2019
Some of her most appreciated movies included "Silsila", "Utsav", "Aastha", "Mr Natwarlal", "Khoon Bhari Maang", and "Ijazat".
Having been decorated with three coveted Filmfare Awards in Best Actress category, the veteran actress has also appeared in art-house films, known as "parallel" cinema in India.
Her portrayal of a classical courtesan in the Hindi film "Umrao Jaan" (1981) won her the National Film Award for Best Actress.
In 2010, Rekha received India's fourth-highest civilian award the "Padma Shri" from the Government of India.