India Today Online October 10, 2012 | Updated 11:29 IST
This love story has remained an enigma for many. Though the rumor mills were abuzz with reports of Rekha and much-married Amitabh Bachcan’s sizzling love affair, the couple never admitted it publicly. This love story, however forbidden, is much celebrated.
The cloak of silence that Big B has put over his alleged ‘love affair’ with Rekha is perhaps what gives their relationship an enigma.
Going back to Rekha’s famous interview with Filmfare magazine in 1984, we get an understanding behind what could have been the reasons for this denial. Here’re excerpts from that interview:
Candidly talking about Amitabh’s denial of their affair, Rekha said, “Why should he have not done it? He did it to protect his image, his family, his children. I think it is beautiful. I don’t care what the public thinks of it. Why should the public know of my love for him or his love for me?”
“I love him he loves me – that’s it! I don’t care what anybody thinks. If he would have reacted to me like that in private I would have been very disappointed. But has he ever done that? I ask you. So why should I care about what he has said in public. Not that he has 10 rollicking affairs! Mr. Bachchan is still old-fashioned. he doesn’t want to hurt anybody. So why hurt his wife?”
“We are human beings who love and accept each other for what we are. There’s more happiness in our lives than misery. Nothing else matters. But as long as I’m with that person I don’t care.”
On having children
“My fantasy is to have lots of children. I hope it doesn’t remain a fantasy. My mother always tells me to have a child by the time I’m 30. I think it’s right. I want my children to physically grow with me. ”
“I enjoy the privacy of my home. But I want the emptiness of my houses to be filled with children. But I’m determined not to have only 2 children. 12 minimum!”
Here’s the irony. Rekha has turned 58 on October 10. She is still single and has no children. The ‘ugly duckling’ has manifested into the ultimate diva of Bollywood.
Amitabh Bachchan till date refuses to comment, and yet he is uncomfortable in the presence of Rekha, even today. We will never come to know… there’s only room for speculation.