Here's the REAL reason Rekha wears sindoor on her forehead!

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The gorgeous Rekha may call it a fashion statement, but the reality is far from it. Read on to know more.

Legendary actress Rekha has been an elusive diva for decades. She rarely shares much about her personal life and continues to remain a fascination among her fans, thanks to her secretive nature. And hence, Rekha's sindoor is a mystery to many.

And while there are many things that intrigue people about her, there is one thing that is always on everybody's mind- Why does Rekha wear sindoor?

The fact that her turbulent marriage to Mumbai-based industrialist Mukesh Agarwal and his subsequent death made her a widower, does not add much to her case. So then why does she wear it every time she steps out of her house?

This question it seems has been answered in her biography Rekha: The Untold Story written by Yasser Usman.

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Rekha's first appearance in sindoor

It started when Rekha first appeared wearing sindoor at Neetu and Rishi Kapoor's grand wedding. She reportedly made a grand entry sporting the vermilion and all decked up in her signature bridal style.

The wedding was also attended by Amitabh Bachchan, wife Jaya and his parents in attendance, making the scene more controversial.

At the time, however, she said that she had just come out of a shoot and so didn't have enough time to take the sindoor off. But in 1982, at the National Awards event,  she famously stated, "In the city I come from, it's fashionable to wear sindoor." 

But no Indian woman usually wears sindoor for fashion, least of all when you are that famous. Does she do it for somebody she harbors immense respect for? Perhaps, yes.

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Rekha's sindoor is a mark of respect

Rekha's signature bridal kanjeevarams and that striking sindoor is perhaps an homage to the one she loves and respects the most, Amitabh Bachchan. The two were rumoured to be having an affair at one point and she had always had the nicest things to say about him.

In an interview dated 2008, she said, "Mr Bachchan is one of the best things to have happened in my life. The best teacher, the best guru...Well, I’ve chosen to learn as much from his off-camera.. as from his on-camera demeanours."

As for her sindoor, which some people believe is for Mr Bachchan, she says, "Ogawd. I was going there straight from a film shooting..and I don’t worry about people’s reactions. By the way, I think it looks rather nice on me.. sindoor suits me." Rekha's sindoor will still be a topic to debate on for many.

Sindoor is one among the many rituals Indian women follow

Whether or not she wears it as an homage or simply for fashion, Rekha sure makes a grand fashion statement.

And needless to say, Indian tradition does explain why wearing a sindoor is actually good for a woman. In fact, it's not just sindoor, but three other rituals that most women follow but may not necessarily know what they mean.

Read here to know more about the 3 rituals Indian married women follow every day, but don’t know what they mean!

Also read: Bombay High Court: Cannot grant divorce because wife sometimes removes mangalsutra and sindoor

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Deepshikha Punj