When Rekha became ‘national vamp’ after husband’s suicide: Chinmayi shares biography excerpt amid Rhea Chakraborty’s media trial

Seeing the media trial that Rhea Chakraborty is being subjected to over the past two months, many are reminded of an identical episode from Bollywood previous. Veteran actor Rekha was additionally placed on trial by the media after the dying of her husband in 1990.

Singer Chinmayi Sripada shared an Instagram put up on Sunday–an excerpt from Rekha’s biography Rekha: The Untold Story by Yasser Usman. The biography particulars how Rekha was blamed for the suicide of her husband, Mukesh Aggarwal. She was referred to as a witch by her in-laws and even disregarded by her Bollywood colleagues. Read it right here:


“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.

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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.)

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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 mentioned “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 mentioned “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 reviews with outrageous headlines like ‘The Black Widow’ (Showtime, November 1990) and ‘The Macabre Truth behind Mukesh’s Suicide’ (Cine Blitz, November 1990). Delhi excessive society and Bombay’s movie trade vociferously condemned Rekha for ‘murdering’ Mukesh Agarwal.

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Sharing it, Chinmayi wrote, “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.”

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Late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s father filed an FIR in opposition to Rhea in July, accusing her of abetment to suicide. The case was despatched to the Central Bureau of Investigation and can also be concurrently being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate and Narcotics Control Bureau. Even with three businesses on the case, many on the web have already declared Rhea responsible of Sushant’s dying. She has been bombarded with hateful messages on social media.

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Reference: HT

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