Rekha Biography, Film List, Height, Age, Affairs, Husband, Family, & More

Born as Bhanurekha Ganesan on October 10, 1954, in Tamil Nadu, India, Rekha is a renowned Indian actress celebrated for her roles in Bollywood films. She currently stands at 69 years of age. Rekha’s acting prowess is widely recognized, and her versatility as an actor has earned her critical acclaim. Notably, Rekha has received accolades for her portrayal of strong, female-centric characters, such as the schoolgirl in “Khubsoorat” and the resolute avenger in “Khoon Bhari Maang.” Her exceptional performances in these roles led to her receiving the Filmfare Best Actress Award. You can discover the entire Rekha biography within this article.

Rekha Biography

Rekha’s remarkable portrayal of an elegant courtesan in the film “Umrao Jaan” garnered her the prestigious National Film Award for Best Actress, solidifying her status as a highly acclaimed performer. This remarkable achievement was followed by a series of equally lauded performances. Throughout the 70s and beyond, Rekha was a recurring figure as a symbol of sensuality and beauty in the Indian media. Her magnetic presence made her an iconic and captivating figure.

Rekha Picture
Rekha Picture

Personal Information

Real name Bhanurekha Ganesan
Nickname AKA The Bollywood Queen, Rekhaji, Madame X
DOB (Date of Birth) 10 October 1954
Age 68 Years
Birthplace Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Zodiac Sign Libra
Nationality Indian
Hometown Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Religion Hindu
Address Sea Spring, Bungalow No.2, B.J. Road, Bandra (West), Mumbai. 400050

Education/ Qualifications

School Church Park Convent, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
College /University N/A
Qualification N/A

Physical Stats


Feet & Inches 5’ 6”
Meter 1.68 m
Centimeters  168 cm
Weight 60 kg, 132 lbs
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Figure Measurements 34-28-34

Family Information

Father Name Gemini Ganesan
Mother Name Pushpavalli
Brother Sathish Kumar
Sister Kamala Selvaraj, Radha, Jaya Sreedhar, Vijaya Chamundeswari, Revathi Swaminathan, Narayani Ganesh
Marital Status Divorced
Husband Mukesh Agarwal
Children None


Boyfriend Vinod Mehra, Biswajit Chatterjee, Sajid Khan, Navin Nischol, Shatrughan Sinha, Jeetendra, Shatrughan Sinha, Mukesh Agarwal, Akshay Kumar,


Profession Actress
Net Worth $40 million


color Golden, Red
Food Fish pamphlet curry with steamed rice, Salads
Song “Woh Kagaz Ki Kashti”
Actor/Actress Kangana Ranaut, Dilip Kumar
Movies Ashta Vinayak, Laxmichi Paule
Destination Europe, London
Hobbies Writing Poetry, Doing Yoga, Making Charcoal Sketches
Rekha Childhood Picture
Rekha Childhood Picture
Rekha Young Age Picture
Rekha Young Age Picture
Rekha with her Husband (Mukesh Agarwal)
Rekha with her Husband (Mukesh Agarwal)
Rekha Father (Gemini Ganesan) 
Rekha Father (Gemini Ganesan)
Rekha Mother (Pushpavalli)
Rekha Mother (Pushpavalli)
Rekha with her Sister (Kamala Selvaraj)
Rekha with her Sister (Kamala Selvaraj)
Rekha with her Sister 
Rekha with her Sister
Rekha with her Boyfriend (Vinod Mehra)
Rekha with her Boyfriend (Vinod Mehra)
Rekha Boyfriend (Biswajit Chatterjee)
Rekha Boyfriend (Biswajit Chatterjee)


She was born on October 10, 1954. Now she is 68 years old.


Rekha, originally named Bhanurekha Ganesan, was born in Madras to South Indian actors Gemini Ganesan and Pushpavalli. It’s worth noting that her parents were unmarried at the time of her birth. Rekha has several siblings, including a brother named Sathish Kumar Ganesan and five half-sisters named Kamala Selvaraj, Radha, Jaya Sreedhar, Vijaya Chamundeswari, Revathi Swaminathan, and Narayani Ganesh.


There is a lack of information regarding his educational background.

Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan

Rekha’s decision to part ways with Amitabh Bachchan stemmed from her reported request for marriage. She didn’t want to continue being seen as the “other” woman in their relationship. However, Amitabh Bachchan was not willing to separate from his wife, Jaya, at that time. Consequently, the two eventually decided to go their separate ways in life.


Rekha has been married only once in her life. In March 1990, she tied the knot with Mukesh Agarwal, an industrialist and television manufacturer hailing from Delhi. Tragically, their marriage was cut short after just seven months when Mukesh Agarwal passed away by suicide.

Childhood and Early Life

Rekha’s parents never had a formal marriage, and her father did not acknowledge his paternity during her early years. It wasn’t until the early 1970s, as she was making her way into the Bollywood film industry, that she openly discussed her family’s background.

In her later years, as her career reached its peak, Rekha spoke to a newspaper interviewer about the ongoing frustration caused by her father’s denial. She revealed that she had resisted efforts at reconciliation with him.

Political Career

Rekha faced opposition from various politicians when she was nominated to the Rajya Sabha, primarily due to her frequent absence from the meetings. Her nomination to the Rajya Sabha took place in April 2012, alongside Sachin Tendulkar. Ultimately, she was elected by the Food, Consumer Affairs, and Public Distribution Committee.

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Due to significant financial difficulties within her family at that time, Rekha had no choice but to pursue acting as a means of employment. She was actively seeking work, and with both of her parents associated with the Telugu film industry, she had the opportunity to secure a role in the film “Rangula Ratnam.” This marked her debut in the public eye as a child actor in 1996.

Her first leading role as an actress came in the Kannada film “Goadalli CID 999.” She went on to become a prominent heroine in Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi films. Her Hindi film, “Sawan Bhadon,” released in 2000, turned out to be a box-office hit and played a pivotal role in catapulting her to stardom in a remarkably short span of time.

Awards and Achievement

Year Category Award
2012 Achievement in Indian Cinema IIFAA Award Outstanding
2010 Stardust Editor’s Choice Icon of the Industry Stardust Award
2007 Forever Diva Award Zee Cine Award
2006 Lifetime Achievement Zee Cine Award
2006 Role Model of the Year Stardust Award
2004 Best Supporting Actress Bollywood Movie Award
2003 Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award Filmfare Award
2003 Samsung Diva Award IIFAA Award
1997 Best Actress Filmfare Award
1997 Best Villain Star Screen Award
1989 Best Actress Filmfare Award
1982 Best Actress National Film Award
1981 Best Actress Filmfare Award

 Net Worth

Rekha Ganesan, the renowned Indian actress, is estimated to have a net worth of $40 million.

Movie List

Here is a complete movie list by actress Rekha Ganesan.

Year Movies Role
2013 Krrish 3 Sonia Mehra
2003 Koi… Mil Gaya Sonia Mehra
1996 Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi Maya
1988 Khoon Bhari Maang Aarti Verma/Jyoti
1981 Umrao Jaan Amiran/Umrao Jaan
1980 Khubsoorat Manju Dayal
1976 Do Anjaane Rekha Roy/Sunita Devi
1970 Sawan Bhadon Chanda
1969 Operation Jackpot Nalli C.I.D 999 Mona
1966 Rangula Ratnam
1958 Inti Guttu
2015 Shamitabh Herself
2014 Super Nani Bharti Bhatia

Playback Singing Career

Year Song Film
1983 Kal To Sunday Ki Chhuti Agar Tum Na Hote
1983 Ehsaas Ka Sauda Hai Ek Naya Rishta
1980 Qayda Qayda Khubsoorat

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