Actor Rekha is officially a member of parliament now. She took her oath today as a member of the Rajya Sabha -she had been nominated by the government along with cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and entrepreneur-activist Anu Aga.
Wearing a golden-brown sari, Rekha, who is 57, was surrounded by other MPs when she arrived in the Rajya Sabha.
They thumped their desks in approval when her name was called to take the oath.
Chairman of the House Hamid Ansari said "Welcome"as she walked up to him and greeted him with folded hands.
"I Rekha Ganeshan" she said, swearing in the name of God in her brief oath in English.
After signing the members' register, she greeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley and other leaders before walking to her allotted seat, No. 99.
She was seen later exchanging notes with writer Javed Akhtar. Records show that once the House got down to business, she attended about 19 minutes of the proceedings before leaving the Rajya Sabha.
rival, Jaya Bachchan (SP), who entered the House before her, occupied her new seat and was engrossed in the day's agenda and the two ladies of Bollywood did not greet each other.
Rekha was one of the leading ladies of Bollywood in the '70s and '80s and has won several awards including the National Award for Umrao Jaan
. Rekha, actor and now Rajya Sabha MP
Rekha, who was nominated to the Upper House on April 26 along with Sachin Tendulkar, met the Chairman and the Prime Minister in Parliament before taking oath.
There was excitement outside Parliament House and in the corridors as the Bollywood star arrived. News camerapersons ran towards her vehicle as it arrived near the main entrance of Parliament.
Amid chaotic scenes at the entrance, Rekha was taken to the special entrance gate used by the Prime Minister.
Accompanied by the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla, she met the Rajya Sabha Chairman. She was then taken to the office of the Prime Minister,
who is the Leader of the Rajya Sabha.
Born on October 10, 1954, Rekha, whose original name is Bhanurekha Ganesan, began her film career aged all of 12 in the Telugu movie Rangula Ratnam
At 16, she made her Bollywood debut in Sawan Bhadon
in 1970 and then hit big time as an ambitious wife in Do Anjaane
, her first film with Amitabh Bachchan.
Rekha, who has acted in around 180 films in her film career spanning four decades, received national and international acclaim with films like Umrao Jaan
and Mira Nair'sKama Sutra
. (With PTI inputs)