How Rekha Played a Role in Sridevi's Stardom

How Rekha Played a Role in Sridevi's Stardom

The diva recalls her connection with Sridevi
How Rekha Played a Role in Sridevi's Stardom

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Sridevi was truly bonded with Rekha in more ways than one. And it was  not just personal. It was professional as well. In the Amitabh Bachchan starrer Aakhri Raasta Rekha had dubbed  for Sridevi. But the  bonding goes back to before that time. Over to Rekha, “I’ve always loved  that girl (Sridevi). She has a special spark about her. I believe after Vyjanthimala and Hema Malini, Sridevi  was  the  third Tamil superstar  in Hindi cinema. Me?  No, I don’t think I was anywhere near these actresses.”

Rekha  specially singles  out  Sridevi’s dancing skills. “She was a much better dancer than I was. I  just managed to look like  a dancer without being one.”

Interestingly Rekha was instrumental in  facilitating  Sridevi’s stardom  in  Hindi cinema. Jeetendra who  has worked in 18 films with Sridevi and  30 films with Rekha, reveals that Rekha was the first  choice  for Himmatwala , the film that catapulted  Sridevi to stardom. But Rekha was committed  to another project. “That’s when we decided to launch a  new girl. And the rest  is history. Aise ittefaq aksar  hote hain hamare industry mein(such coincidences often occur in this film industry).  Rajesh Khanna and I were college friends and we entered the  film industry together. I  was supposed to do the film Raaz. But when I couldn’t do it due to date issues I sent the producer G P Sippy to Rajesh Khanna. The  rest is, again,  history.”

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