When Rekha Became ‘Cold-Hearted Man-Eater’ After Husband Mukesh's Death

When actor Rekha was put on media trial and treated the same as Rhea Chakraborty back then after her husband Mukesh's death.

Actor Rhea Chakraborty’s media trial since Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has reminded a similar incident from the past when legendary actor Rekha’s husband Mukesh Aggarwal passed away due to suicide in 1990. It is said that Rekha was also put on media trial and was treated the same back then as Rhea now after SSR’s death. Singer Chinmayi Sripada has recently shared a Twitter post on Sunday. It’s an excerpt from Rekha’s biography Rekha: The Untold Story by Yasser Usman. The post tells how the actor was blamed for the suicide of her husband. She was called a witch by her in-laws and even disregarded by her Bollywood colleagues. Subhash Ghai called Rekha a “blot” in the film industry and shockingly, Anupam Kher called her a “National Vamp”. Also Read - Kirron Kher Health Update: Anupam Kher Reveals ‘She is Improving’; Actor-Politician Donates Rs 1 Crore For Ventilators

Read the full tweet in detail:

“October 2, 1990, Mukesh, Rekha’s husband, decided to take away his life. He had hanged himself to the ceiling fan of his room, using his wife’s dupatta. Same Mukesh, who reportedly seemed happy on a fateful day, according to his brother Anil. Rekha came to know about Mukesh’s chronic depression after getting married. Also Read - Hanuman Jayanti: Rhea Chakraborty Wishes For Strength, Kartik Aaryan Hails Covid Warriors on Sacred Occasion


  1. A national witchhunt followed. People all over the country starting hating and shaming her as a cold-hearted man-eater.
  2. Mukesh’s mother’s wail made headlines when she cried, ‘Woh daayan mere bete ko kha gayi. Bhagwan use kabhi maaf nahi karega.’ (That witch devoured my son. God will never forgive her.)
  3. Anil Gupta said, “My brother loved Rekha truly. For him love was a do or die attempt. He could not tolerate what Rekha was doing to him. Now what does she want, does she want our money?”
  4. Subhash Ghai said “Rekha has put such a blot on the face of the film industry that it’ll be difficult to wash it away easily. I think after this any respectable family will think twice before accepting any actress as their bahoo. It’’s going to be tough even professionally for her. No conscientious director will work with her ever again. How will the audience accept her as Bharat ki nari or insaf ki devi?”
  5. Anupam Kher said “She’s become the national vamp. Professionally and personally, I think it’s curtains for her. I mean I don’t know how will I react to her if I come face to face with her.”
  6. The press lapped up the sensational story of Mukesh’s suicide and featured reports with outrageous headlines like ‘The Black Widow’ (Showtime, November 1990) and ‘The Macabre Truth behind Mukesh’s Suicide’ (Cine Blitz, November 1990). Delhi high society and Bombay’s film industry vociferously condemned Rekha for ‘murdering’ Mukesh Agarwal.

1990-2020 : 30 years Similar cases, similar reactions. Still asking why is smashing the patriarchy and feminism relevant?” Also Read - 'Aayega to Modi Hi': Anupam Kher Slammed on Twitter After He Defends Govt's Handling of Covid Crisis

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