Okay, can we all just take a moment to appreciate how crazy it is that this happened? Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Rekha have gone to great lengths to avoid any (public, at least) interactions. Somehow, however, they ended up greeting each other at the Screen Awards last night, and the paparazzi managed to capture it as well. In stark contrast to a few years ago, when Amitabh literally ran from his seat when he saw Rekha approaching and greeting everyone in a line. Remember that video?
And then there was that other time, when he walked right past her:
(What is that video, though? “Har baar milte milte reh jaate hai” and “Rekha ka Amitabh ke liye affection unki aankhon mein saaf dikha” and that music overlay of Tu Jaane Na.)
Anyway, none of that happened this time around because they actually acknowledged each other in their own ways. Amitabh was seen greeting Rekha with a namaste, while Rekha and Jaya actually clasped hands (even though they look awkward and are avoiding eye contact, at least in this particular picture that we’ve received). Crazy, right? This puts an end to 33 years of them not being seen together in public (they were last together in 1981 for Silsila, and since then have parted ways).
Mind = blown, yes? Rekha and Amitabh’s alleged off-screen love story has filled gossip columns for years (decades, really) now, although no one really knows what actually happened behind the scenes. We would love to, though. It’s still one of Bollywood’s greatest unsolved mysteries.
What do you think of these pictures?
Pix: Viral Bhayani for MissMalini.