Indian actor Rekha will be honoured by the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The festival runs from December 7 to 14, and is now arguably the leading cinematic event in the region of both Doha and Abu Dhabi.
About Dubai International Film Festival :
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the leading film festival in the region. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region.
The DIFF is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. It is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organised by Dubai Entertainment & Media Organization.
- Back for its 12th year, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will take place from December 9 – 16, 2016 at Madinat Jumeirah, the home of DIFF. The festival will see thousands of cinema-goers, actors, directors, producers, writers and industry experts descend on Dubai to enjoy the world’s best films in one of the world’s premiere locations.
- The 12th Dubai International Film Festival will showcase over 120 features, film shorts and documentaries from around the world which will include a plethora of world premieres. Every year DIFF presents new and exciting cinema from the Arab world and beyond, introducing audiences to fresh new talent and original and distinctive film-making.
Rekha Ganesan better known by her stage name Rekha, is an Indian film Noted for her versatility and acknowledged as one of the finest actresses in Hindi cinema.
- Rekha started her career in 1966 as a child actress in the Telugu film Rangula Ratnam, though her film debut as a lead happened four years later with Sawan Bhadon. Despite the success of several of her early films, she was often panned for her looks and it was not until the mid-to-late 1970s that she got recognition as an actress.
- Rekha has acted in over 180 films in a career spanning over 40 years. Throughout her career, she has often played strong female characters and, apart from mainstream cinema, appeared in arthouse films, known in India as parallel cinema.
- She has won three Filmfare Awards, two for Best Actress and one for Best Supporting Actress. Her portrayal of a classical courtesan in Umrao Jaan (1981) won her the National Film Award for Best Actress.
- Though her career has gone through certain periods of decline, she has reinvented herself numerous times and has been credited for her ability to sustain her status.In 2010, she was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India.
- Rekha has often been compared to Greta Garbo, and has been cited by media as her Indian equivalent.
- Hindustan Times described her physical change and loss of weight as “one of cinema’s and perhaps real life’s most dramatic transformations,” arguing that “Rekha morphed from an overweight, dark ordinary girl into a glamorous and beautiful enigma, shrouding her life in an intriguing Garbo-like mystery.”
- She was referred to as the reigning Queen of Indian Cinema at the 2012 IIFA Awards held in Singapore, where she was given the “Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema (Female)” award, also referred to as the Lifetime Achievement Award
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