prem, i am a fan of yours. i like your insightfullness in anythin you write and the writing style. i know you are in newyork. i currently live in saint louis. i wish i could meet you in person someday of my life. i see rediff.com everyday and look for columns written by you. in this issue there is lotta gossip about relationship between rekha and sridevi. i guess its ok, 'cos it is about movies. anyways, thanks for posting this.
Prem Panicker has certainly captured more of Re's magic in the article for Rediff than anyone ever did till now. For there have been countless write-ups on her- in the late 70s and the early 80s almost every moviemag had Rekha on the cover, with a 'so-called' cover story. But Panicker's present write-up allows us glimpses into this enormously talented, sensitive, intelligent and lovely woman Rekha. Yet all her magic could not overcome her in-born naivette and emotionalism. She kept searching for elusive love, only to be betrayed, even by so-called icons of the world..
I grew up in awe with these 'stars' just as anybody else. But slowly I think I grew up and out, while they just forgot to grow up. Fame can be killing and how lucky I am to be out of it. Real greatness is simple and subtle. And reel life is hyped.
Years from now, Rekha's name will be recorded in History, as the woman of this generation, just as Cleopatra with her dazling beauty, Mumataj, for whom the Taj was built, Liz Taylor, and namea dizzingly talked about, yes our Rekha's name will be taken with the same gushing breath. Long after she is gone, which is still a long, long way off, her name will become a legend.
When i was little, from that time i am so glad about this "forever young" Lady. she is just perfect about looks, figure, the way of talk, her eyes, speech, dance, delivery of dialouge, the way she looks to other etc. for me she is 1 to 10 in my top ten numbers. no matters what's her age today or any day she is just only one. i think in our male orinted cinema world, is there any one who fight (in the matter of to stand and playing) to amithabh, is only rekha. but i feel yet she will not find, her type of roll. recently i seen 'Baghban'. i feel that insteed of Hema if there 'Rekha' was, the film goes totally different and efective too. but may be both will not agry to play again. ne way wishes to her is my best. and wish to see her in a dynamic and forever role in hollywood and bollywood too. thanks.