At 69, Rekha shoots for Vogue Arabia in Manish Malhotra, and jewels by Van Cleef and Arpels

Veteran actor Rekha, in a rare conversation, opened up about her career and thoughts on her craft. She posed for a magazine and her pictures are winning hearts on the internet. In the candid interview with the magazine, she speaks her mind and talks about life, love and her career. Epitomizing grace and elegance, the superstar is pictured on her first-ever Vogue cover wearing the bespoke Maharaja necklace by Van Cleef and Arpels—a one-of-a-kind 161.62ct piece that took 5,000 hours to make—that Rekha paired with her luxurious, handmade Indian sari.

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“When you love someone or something so deeply, does the love disappear?” she asks. “No. Once the relationship is established it is forever. Sometimes we may want more and sometimes it’s just enough. This applies to my craft,” she said in the interview with Vogue Arabia.

For this special project, she had the support of Indian couturier ManishMalhotra who dressed the star in a wardrobe of regalia curated and mostly designed by himself. “Manish moved heaven and earth to craft my vision into clothes,” she shares about her cover shoot ensembles. “To have him leave everything and work tirelessly with me like a wise, patient pujari [priest], I couldn’t have asked for a better executioner of my dreams.” Speaking about posing for VogueArabia, the icon says, “I simply loved the way it chose me. The way Manuel, the editor-in-chief, followed his own instinct, and had the courage and kindness to ask me, was endearing and irresistible.”