Everyone remembers Rekha’s most celebrated relationship with Bollywood’s biggest star. No one cares to recall that she was once married, yes actually married officially, to a rich businessman named Mukesh Aggarwal. We don’t know why she married him. We don’t know how he came to know her. The year was 1990 and Rekha was doing everything possible to get over her broken heart. Marriage was just one among her many diversions. She met the besotted Mukesh at a party and allowed him to flirt with her. She played the unobtainable Diva who allowed this besotted young Romeo (much younger than she) to woo and win her.
We don’t know how one thing led to another. But when Mukesh, the scion of a rich Delhi industrialist’s family (love, you see, always comes with a big bulky bank balance) proposed to her, Rekha said yes.
Rekha and Mukesh Agarwal
The marriage was a fiasco from Day 1. Says an actress-friend of Rekha, “They had nothing in common, absolutely nothing. She could’ve married any fan on Facebook if it had happened now. Being married to a fan is never a good thing. It had to end in disaster.”
Barely a year later when Rekha was out of the country, Mukesh killed himself. He hung himself with a duppatta owned by Rekha which she must have left behind when she quit the marriage with Mukesh.
To this day Rekha is blamed for her husband’s suicide. But it must be said in her defence that the marriage ended within weeks of the wedding. And Mukesh took his life after she left him. But could his death have been caused by the cold treatment she gave him once she realized the marriage was not working? And his hanging with her dupatta cannot be seen as a random action of a suicidal man.
Mukesh Aggarwal could have used a rope or a bedsheet. Why did he seek out his estranged wife’s dupatta to end his life?