Veteran actress and Bollywood’s evergreen diva turned 60 on Friday but looks like she still feels young at heart as the actress describes herself as a “student of life”. What’s more, Rekha says that she is still put through the practice of warding away the evil eye — a ritual that her “Amma” (mother) used to do for her wellbeing.
During a radio interview, the ever-beautiful actress said, “On my birthday, I remember my amma (Pushpavalli) a lot. Every word of hers, I remember. Yes, she would always ‘nazar utaro’ on me and that ritual continues till date.” Interestingly, the actress added that after her mother passed away, she now has an ‘amma”, who has been with the family since many years. Rekha added saying, “She used to work for my grandmother and she is the one who performs all these rituals. So, if I yawn or sneeze or laugh and even when I’m just thinking something, she is the first one to ‘nazar utaro’…“I also remember my mother’s blessings and this is the day I feel grateful to her for the genes that I have inherited from her and my father (Gemini Ganesan).”
When asked about her birthday celebration plans, Rekha said that she doesn’t believe in celebrating her birthday by doing special things as she believes “every day, I’m born anew”. Rekha said, “I genuinely don’t understand the importance that people give to their birthdays or any special day, be it a festival or a birthday. I believe that every day is a celebration and everyday I’m born anew and genuinely try to leave every day differently. Every day I like to learn something new, something different; I’d like to teach others something new too.
“I can’t give advice per say to someone because I’m a student of life myself, but whatever experiences I have had in my life, I like to share that with people and when someone talks to me, I give them my two-bits,” she added.
It’s noted that at a personal level, the veteran actress has gone through many upheavals but it looks like all the problems have made her into a stronger woman today! When asked about what keeps her going and stay positive, the actress replied, “I never end up thinking about all this on my birthday. In fact, I don’t think of all this otherwise either. I only act upon things… I believe there’s nothing really there to think.
“It’s just important to be extremely grateful for being where you are and how God has kept you and keep working towards your goal, be responsible and fulfill your duties… Nothing really manifests if all you do is think about everything; time will just continue to pass and you won’t be able to get any work done,” said the 60-year-old actress. The actress would be making her come back as a lead heroine again through her upcoming movie ‘Super Naani’.