Rekha has been the epitome of grace and beauty for generations and is considered one of the finest actors that the Indian cinema has ever seen. Rekha has given many hits but her performance in Umrao Jaan clearly stands out.
Rekha showed her versatility by flawlessly depicting the character of a troubled Lucknow courtesan. This heart-wrenching story helped her bag the National Award for Best Actress. Recently, Muzaffar Ali talking about Umrao Jaan (1981), said the reason why he selected Rekha for the role of Umrao Jaan was that he had seen Rekha’s pictures in a magazine that helped him decide that she would be his film’s heroine because of the way she could emote with her eyes, without much use of dialogue.