Bollywood Diva ‘Rekha’ turns 51
Rekha doesn’t have any plans to celebrate her 51st birthday on October 10. “Why just one particular day? I don’t believe in celebrating life on Diwali, Eid, Christmas or birthdays. For me every single day is a blessing and a boon. And I want to squeeze every drop of life out of every day.”
The diva feels she’s born anew every day. “Every night when you sleep you are dying for the day, only to wake up the next morning with a new life. Hence, every day is an udhar. Because you never know about the next moment. You can be on the set shooting a rain sequence and you can be electrocuted.”
She shares her birthday with a whole lot of fellow-librans including Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini and Simi Garewal. Coincidentally, she has shared a professional or personal affinity with all these.
“Why just these names? What about bhaijaan (Mehmood) and so many others who are born under the same star-sign. But I don’t believe in star signs and horoscopes. I feel I’m bonded with the whole universe.”
So how does the ageless diva
feel about growing a year older? “Funny that you call me ageless. Ironically, birthdays are about age. If anything birthdays should be a reminder that there’s so much more in life to explore. I’d rather spend each day of my life trying to correct the mistakes and improving the quality of my existence rather than cutting a cake and whooping it up.”
She refuses to talk about what she would be doing on her birthday. “That’s too personal. But yes, I’d not be cutting a cake and blowing candles. I outgrew the need for all that long ago,” she says.