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When renowned actress Rekha’s passionate fans brandished guns to catch a glimpse of her iconic shoot for ‘Umrao Jaan’


“Armed Frenzy as Rekha Devi’s Devotees Clamor to Catch a Moment of her Magic”

Celebrated star Rekha has enraptured audiences with her moving portrayals for decades. However, none so much as her spellbinding turn as the legendary courtesan Umrao Jaan that still enthralls today. However, the intense adoration she evoked in fans during filming nearly spiraled out of control according to costar Farooq Shaikh.

While shooting a tender scene with the acclaimed actress on location, crowds swelled with fervor to glimpse their idol. But enthusiasm boiled over when some brandished guns, determined to witness the intimate moment up close despite space constraints. Tensions mounted to a hair-trigger as the unit feared for safety.

Shaikh remembered Rekha maintaining composure despite stress. The scene exudes their nuanced performances, keeping viewers enthralled without distraction. Director Muzaffar Ali skillfully steered shooting to completion while defusing volatility.

Though four decades past, Umrao Jaan’s magic clearly holds strong. Rekha’s devoted following demonstrated ardent affection, if misguidedly at times. Their investment ensures the film and her brilliant work as the poetic courtesan live on in memory.

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