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How Rekha’s marriage to Vinod Mehra was ruined by his mother - Blast from the Past

Bollywood diva Rekha’s tumultuous love life has been fodder for many a gossip column since she was a young debutant in the Hindi film industry. The most infamous of these scandals is her open secret of a liaison with Amitabh Bachchan.  But before Rekha met Bachchan, her heart was won over by Vinod Mehra. Vinod came into the scene in 1971, just after Rekha’s messy break up with Jeetendra.  The duo got on like a house on fire – before long they were seen walking hand in hand on the streets of Bombay and they

Bollywood diva Rekha’s tumultuous love life has been fodder for many a gossip column since she was a young debutant in the Hindi film industry. The most infamous of these scandals is her open secret of a liaison with Amitabh Bachchan.

But before Rekha met Bachchan, her heart was won over by Vinod Mehra. Vinod came into the scene in 1971, just after Rekha’s messy break up with Jeetendra.

The duo got on like a house on fire – before long they were seen walking hand in hand on the streets of Bombay and they even shared some very public kisses.

Vinod often jumped in to protect Rekha from media onslaughts - it seemed like only a matter of time before the two would get married.

However, Vinod’s mother Kamla Mehra was intensely hostile to the marriage – Rekha was definitely not the homely docile daughter-in-law of her dreams. Rekha’s statements condoning premarital sex and children out of wedlock only served to aggravate her more, notes a report in Pinkvilla.

At Vinod’s behest, Rekha tried to win Kamla Mehra over – she even cooked for ‘Mummy’. But nothing succeeded.

A distraught Rekha tried to commit suicide - this led to her and Vinod’s secret marriage in Calcutta, with the aid of friends.

Vinod tried to divide his time between his two homes, but the fissures were simply too many. The marriage fell through in sometime.

Nonetheless, the two continued to work together, and their sizzling chemistry often earned accolades.

In 2004, Rekha, however, denied that any such marriage ever took place.

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