Simi Garewal shares how she got Rekha to open up about Amitabh Bachchan


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Simi Garewal has her own talk show, ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal’ which is often known as the best celebrity chat shows to ever happen on Indian Television. It has been a while since Simi asked candid questions to mostly guarded celebrities but the older episodes are worth revisiting.

Rekha’s episode was one of the most popular episodes, which was televised in 3 parts in 2004, in which she talked about her relationship with her father Gemini Ganesan, and her relationship with Amitabh Bachchan and the tragedy of her marriage with Mukesh Aggarwal.

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As Simi asked Rekha if she was ever in love with Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha said, “Absolutely. Duh, that’s a dumb question. I have yet to come across a single man, woman, child who can help but fall completely, passionately, insanely, desperately, hopelessly in love with him. So why should I be singled out? What do I deny? I’m not in love with him? Of course I am. Duniya bhar ka love aap le lijiyega and add some more – I feel that for that person. Bottomline.”

On the show, Rekha had said that she never shared any personal relationship with Bachchan. “There was never a personal connection with him, that’s the truth. Never ever. There was no truth to the controversies and speculation,” she had said.

Rekha further mentioned that there was never any rift with Jaya Bachchan because of all the speculation as she felt that the Guddi actor was far too sensible to be bothered by gossip. “Didibhai is much more mature, much more together. I’ve yet to come across a woman who is so together. She’s got so much dignity, so much class. She’s got a lot of strength. I admire that woman. We had an association before the so-called rumours and the media messed up the whole image. We were living in the same building and we had a relationship.She was my Didibhai, she still is – no matter what happens nobody can take that away. Thank God she realises that too. Whenever we meet she’s very sweet – she’s not just civil, she’s just herself.”

Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha were never seen together on screen after Yash Chopra’s 1981 film Silsila and as per Rekha’s admission in the Simi Garewal interview, they only met at public functions and award shows. Simi later mention in the same 2015 interview that they probably never worked together because of all the “hungama” that had happened earlier.

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