Indian actress Rekha takes parliament oath

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Indian actress Rekha
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Rekha is still considered a Bollywood diva

Veteran Bollywood actress Rekha has been sworn in as an MP in India's upper house of parliament, the Rajya Sabha.

Taking her oath, the actress vowed to "faithfully discharge the duty upon which I am about to enter".

India's prime minister can nominate 12 people with special experience in "literature, science, art and social service" to parliament.

Nominated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the Rajya Sabha, Rekha's term began on 27 April.

Rekha Ganesan, 57, a top Hindi film heroine during the 1980s, was regarded as a sex symbol and is still considered a Bollywood diva.

Her hit films include Umrao Jan, for which she won a National Film Award for best actress, Silsila, Khoobsurat and Muqaddar ka Sikander.

Top Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is expected to take his oath as an MP on Wednesday.