Singer Chinmayi Sripada is one of the celebs who never steps back to share her thoughts on political and civic issues. She took to her Twitter and shared a post and captioned it as, "Subhash Ghai and Anupam Kher’s quotes, circa 1990 on Rekha if reported verbatim, is how some men are made. It is unbelievable how Rekha survived and thrived."
The singer shared a piece of text from Rekha’s biography, "Rekha: The Untold Story by Yasser Usman". The biography details how Rekha was pushed into B-town by her mother's gambling habit; unloved by her father, blamed for the suicide of her husband, Mukesh Aggarwal. Rekha was even called a witch by her in-laws and most of her B-town colleagues disrespected her. Here is the tweet.
Subhash Ghai and Anupam Kher’s quotes, circa 1990 on Rekha if reported verbatim, is how some men are made.— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) September 13, 2020
It is unbelievable how Rekha survived and thrived. pic.twitter.com/GWlSUt3Zzh
In the tweet, one could see, “October 2, 1990, Mukesh, Rekha’s husband, decided to take away his life. He had hanged himself to the ceiling fan of his room, using his wife’s dupatta. Same Mukesh, who reportedly seemed happy on the fateful day, according to his brother Anil. Rekha came to know about Mukesh’s chronic depression after getting married."
1. A national witchhunt followed. People all over the country starting hating and shaming her as a cold-hearted man-eater.
2. Mukesh’s mother’s wail made headlines when she cried, ‘Woh daayan mere bete ko kha gayi. Bhagwan use kabhi maaf nahi karega.’ (That witch devoured my son. God will never forgive her.)
3. Anil Gupta said, “My brother loved Rekha truly. For him love was a do or die attempt. He could not tolerate what Rekha was doing to him. Now what does she want, does she want our money?”
4. Subhash Ghai said “Rekha has put such a blot on the face of the film industry that it’ll be difficult to wash it away easily. I think after this any respectable family will think twice before accepting any actress as their bahoo. It’’s going to be tough even professionally for her. No conscientious director will work with her ever again. How will the audience accept her as Bharat ki nari or insaf ki devi?”
5. Anupam Kher said “She’s become the national vamp. Professionally and personally, I think it’s curtains for her. I mean I don’t know how will I react to her if I come face to face with her.”
6. The press lapped up the sensational story of Mukesh’s suicide and featured reports with outrageous headlines like ‘The Black Widow’ (Showtime, November 1990) and ‘The Macabre Truth behind Mukesh’s Suicide’ (Cine Blitz, November 1990). Delhi high society and Bombay’s film industry vociferously condemned Rekha for ‘murdering’ Mukesh Agarwal.
1990-2020 : 30 years Similar cases, similar reactions. Still asking why is smashing the patriarchy and feminism relevant?