India, Oct. 10 -- Actor Rekha is often dubbed as an enigma, the Greta Garbo of Bollywood. She has often been called a loner and is known for her aloofness. Sadly, none of these epithets do justice to either her talent or the strength of her personality. In essence, the actor remains a rebel who fought and triumphed over an intensely misogynistic and patriarchal world. On Rekha's 65th birthday, here's a look at her life's several struggles, misfortunes and challenges.

Born Bhanurekha Ganesan, Rekha's life should have been one of privilege. Daughter of Tamil superstar Gemini Ganesan and small-time Telugu actor Pushpavalli, Rekha instead grew up in neglect as her father allegedly never acknowledged her younger sister and her. Growing up in ...