Mumbai, Oct 10 (IBNS) Bollywood's enigmatic beauty Rekha turned 58 on Wednesday.
Rekha, who captivated the hearts of millions of her fans over the decades, has acted in more than 180 films in her career that spanned over 40 years.
Born Oct 10, 1954, Bhanurekha Ganesan started her career with screen-name Rekha in 1966 as a child actress in the Telugu movie Rangula Ratnam, though her film debut as a lead happened four years later with Hindi movie Sawan Bhadon (1970).
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.