New Delhi: Bollywood actress Rekha took oath as a Rajya Sabha member on Tuesday.
President Pratibha Patil had approved her name and that of cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for the Upper House.
Rekha, 57, is acknowledged as one of the finest actresses of Hindi cinema.
Rekha has acted in over 180 films in a career spanning over 40 years. Throughout her career, she has often played strong female characters and, apart from mainstream cinema, acted in 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.
Tendulkar is expected to take oath as a Rajya Sabha MP on Wednesday. The terms of both Rekha and Tendulkar began on April 27.