Do you know Rekha and Raj Babbar were romantically involved? Yes, the two came closer as they were going through a tough phase in their respective lives, reads an article published by Koimoi.com.
Babbar, who turned 69 on June 23, found a shoulder to cry on in co-star Rekha when he lost his wife Smita Patil due to complications related to childbirth in 1986. They had a stormy affair but it was a short-lived one. As Babbar wanted to get back with his first wife Nadira and the ‘Silsila’ actress couldn’t accept the decision.
Both had a heated argument and it is also said that Rekha ran out barefoot into the crowded streets of Mumbai. While there’s no official confirmation or records to prove the incident, an article published by IBTimes said that an eyewitness on the road came forward and narrated how shocked they were to spot the ‘Umrao Jaan’ actress running across the street barefoot.
Babbar, in an old interview, has confessed about his relationship with Rekha. “Yes, our relationship helped me in a way. We drifted together because of certain circumstances. At that time, Rekha had broken off from a long-standing relationship. She wanted to get away from it. I was in a similar situation. At the same time, we were also working together and we clung to each other for emotional support. We tried to understand each other’s problems,” he said.
He also admitted that he wasn’t involved with Rekha as much as he was with Smita Patil. “I was not as involved with Rekha as I was with Smita. The intensity wasn’t there. At the same time, I cannot say that we were friends,” he said. The actor also said that the feelings for Rekha are always there.
“… though the arrogance is not, it is all in the past now. I had a person with whom I shared my emotional moments. I was there to share her emotional moments. One does not forget such a relationship very easily. Though we aren’t together today, we still have fond memories of those special moments,” he said and added that Rekha was too shy to admit their relationship publicly.
“…but I feel strongly that it gave me a new life,” he said.