A living legend, yesteryear actress Rekha still has the looks that make even the new age actresses adore her beauty. The 63-year-old actress has done about 180 films in her acting career of almost four decades. One of the finest actresses of the Indian cinema, she made her debut into the film industry as the main lead back in 1970 with the film ‘Sawan Bhadon’.
There was a time when Rekha used to do 5 to 6, or sometimes even 8 films in a year, but in the last decade, she was seen in only 1 or 2 films per year. More recently, she has been seen only in award shows and other events and hasn’t done any movie after ‘Shamitabh’, which released in 2015.
But the reduction in number of films being done by Rekha hasn’t had any noticeable impact on her lifestyle. She still lives as lavishly as she used to back in 70’s or 80’s. This makes a lot of people wonder how she is able to maintain an extravagant lifestyle, considering the fact that she does not have any significant income from film projects. If not films, then what is Rekha’s source of income?
As per a report by Patrika, apart from her luxurious bungalow in Bandra, Mumbai, Rekha owns a number of properties in Mumbai and parts of south India from which she receives a good amount of rent. Apart from that, she is still paid handsomely for even the few number of films she does occasionally.
Rekha is also a member of the Rajya Sabha and hence receives the salary and perks from that job. In fact, recently, there was huge controversy around this income of hers as she is hardly seen in the Parliament. She also charges a fee for appearing in private events in which she is invited by rich industrialists and so on.
Moreover, most of the designer sarees she wears are gifted and some are from her old collection. So while other actresses of Bollywood spend a fortune on their clothes, Rekha does not need to do that.
It is also believed that Rekha isn’t spendthrift despite being a celebrity. She believes in middle-class Indian values and hence does not spend her money on buying latest luxury cars or going on expensive holidays in foreign countries which many other actresses do. Rekha’s staff has been with her for years. Her secretary Farzana follows her wherever she goes and apart from that, Rekha does not spend much on her entourage. As it is said, “a penny saved is a penny earned”, these savings of Rekha also play a great role in helping her with her expenses.
Don’t you think the legend has managed her past as well as present earnings in a smart way that she does not have to do much work in the present stage of her life and still enjoys a good standard of living? Share your views with us in the comments section below!