Birthday: 19-11-1950
Age: 68
Star sign: Sagittarius

Rehana Sultan was born to Baha’i parents in Allahabad in 1950. She came to fame through her two movies: Dastak, and Chetna, which got her critical appraisals; Dastak got her a National Award for Best Actress. She is known in the industry as someone taking up bold roles with such finesse and getting the sexual revolution in place, since 1970’s. Recently seen in Sudhir Mishra’s Inkaar (2013) playing as Chitrangada’s mother, she remembers her past, and how she forgot what it meant to be relaxed and free. She recalls her times when she was awaiting her high school results, and she happened to see FTII advertisement for an acting course. With her father’s advice, she filled the admission form, with no hopes of getting selected. Once selected, she was taken by her father to Delhi for auditions. And since then there was no looking back for Rehana Sultan.

Someone without stage experience, Rehana was auditioned by distinguished luminaries like B.R. Chopra and Gajanand Jagirdaar. In an interview, with a reporter, Rehana recalls how her father was supportive of her passion. She says, coming from a Baha’i background, she was free to choose her career, but her father had a little hitch, as her daughter was entering a male-dominated industry that might have difficulty in being alone and independent. However, when Jagirdaar happened, it convinced him that she would prosper and grow in the industry. 

Rehana was used to a laid back and lazy lifestyle of a small town. With her selection in FTII, it took her time to adjust constant drills of her course. She turned aloof and ignorant. It was later her professor, Roshan Taneja who helped her come back on track. With his constant guidance and support, she bagged a gold medal for the best student during her course. To add to these, she also was able to bag a film from the renowned Rajendra Singh Bedi, opposite Sanjeev Kumar!

Though the adult films aesthetically and artistically portrayed sexuality, Rehana feels it hindered her from getting a ‘girl next door’ type roles in future.

Age has been kind to her, because she still glows like she used to, in yesteryears. With her short role in Sudhir Mishra’s flick ‘Inkaar’, (who was quite surprised by Rehana’s hold over the character, even after a long 15-year break) Rehana is preparing for more meaty roles in future. So, we are yet to see some more of her in coming years!

Reenu Mathews Hindi Actress

Reenu Mathews

It seems like Reenu Mathews leads a very busy life. From being an Indian actress working in Malayalam movies to being an air hostess in the Emirates Airlines, she does both the jobs well. Born as the youngest daughter of parents, Mathews, and Santhamma in Kottayam, she has done great work in Malayalam movies. Her debut movie was ‘Immanuel’ which released in 2013 and she worked with Mammootty. She played the role of a middle- class wife named Annie. She was again paired with him in the movie ‘Praise the Lord’ in 2014. Lal Jose, who had introduced many beautiful actresses, introduced her through his creation ‘Emmanuel’. She was in cabin crew with Emirates Airlines but also followed her passion and tried her luck in modeling. Before making it to the big screen, she also appeared in two small screen films namely, ‘December Mist’ and ‘Kanappurangal’. It happens only by luck that a newbie gets the chance to star opposite legend actors like Mammootty, Mohanlal, etc., and Reenu had that luck with her. The most anticipated film of 2013 had Amal Neerad’s anthology ‘Anju Sundarikal’ which had short movies by five top class directors and Reenu Mathews got the opportunity to star in it. According to an interview with The Times of India, Reenu said that the roles she was offered with are mature than her actual age. She told that she always approached for elder and de-glam roles, roles which had an age higher than hers because she looks like that and fits her comfortably. If we look at her career, though it has been short she has done great work in films like December Mist (2006) and Kanapurangal. She has given her best to the Malayalam industry through movies like Emmanuel (2013), Anju Sundarikal (2013), Praise the Lord (2013), Sapthamashree Thaskaraha (2014), Iyobinte Pustakam (2014), Ennum Eppozhum (2014) and Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi (2015).

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Rekha Rana

Rekha Rana is a New Delhi-based Bollywood actor, model, and theatre artist. She participated in the prestigious Miss Delhi contest whereby she went on to become the winner of titles like Miss Photogenic face and Miss Beautiful Smile in 2007. Her first movie named, ‘Ab Dharna Hoga Unlimited’ based on Anna Hazare’s protest movement, was released in April 2012.  Born in New Delhi, Rekha completed her high school from Green Fields, in New Delhi itself. Before taking up a course in Barry John’s acting school, she completed her graduation from Delhi School of Arts and Commerce. Rekha came to fame with her acting in “Tara: The Journey of Life and Passion,” a story of an Indian gypsy girl who brewed alcohol for her sustenance. She won the Best Actress Award for this role, in the San Francisco’s Festival of Globe Film Awards. Other than this, the film did an astounding performance in India and received more than 40 International Awards from Film Festivals elsewhere, including Best Actress Awards from Jaipur, Nashik and Kanyakumari International Film Festivals. The work has not only been appreciated internationally but domestically as well.  Talking over the question and answer session about the movie, in New York Film Academy, she mentioned, she has been a part of the Academy, and this is one of the best things that has happened to her, as it improved her acting skills since her first movie. Currently, the actor is working on another project named “Yahaan Ameena Bikti hai,” a short film adapted into a movie. Pretty excited about the project, she tells the media, she is following a strict weight reduction programme, to look like a teenager, and getting accustomed to Islamic culture. Before she bagged the role for her first film, in 2010, she won the Best Actress Award at famous Rangs Singapore Film Festival, for her role in “Take care”, a short movie. She has been drawn towards theatre for quite some time now, and has been in the lead role, significant of which are plays like Dinesh Thakur’s “Jis Lahore Nahi Dekhiya Oh Janeya Nahin”. She has also performed in more than 150 stage shows with Ank Theatre Group, worldwide. Being an actress, Rekha is an active participant in various social causes including the Star NGO, where is she is the brand ambassador. Added to this, she was also a part of the “Save our Women” campaign, and the awareness about wearing helmets, especially for women. Surely she is a woman with substance.

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