Zeenat Aman opens up about her life and career in Bollywood with RJ Anmol

An icon not just of her time, but for decades that followed. Zeenat Aman redefined how women were portrayed in Indian Cinema. And this is our ode to the beauty who can still take our breath away with her charm.

1. Zeenat was one of the few actresses from the 1970s and 1980s, who went against the norm and played roles of a heroine who was bold and comfortable in her skin
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2. She was the First Indian to win Miss Asia-Pacific in 1970.
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3. Zeenat Aman found her fame when legendary actor Dev Anand discovered her, and cast her to play the role of Janice, his sister in the movie, for Hare Rama Hare Krishna.
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4. ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ put her in the limelight and made her an icon among the youth when the hippie culture was at an all-time high.
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5. For the film ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’, Zeenat Aman turned up for the audition with a burnt face, with a little help of some make-up. Raj Kapoor was so impressed that he handed her the role almost immediately.
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6. She was the ‘highest paid actress’ between 1976-80, along with Hema Malini.
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7. In Yaadon Ki Baaraat, she played the love interest of new comer Kapil. The song ‘Chura liya’ went on to become one of the biggest chartbusters of all time.
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8. Her role in Don was a friendly gesture towards Producer Nariman Irani. She didn’t accept any remuneration for it. Incidentally, the film was instrumental in giving her career a further boost.
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9. Encyclopaedia Britannica’s “Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema” wrote, “Zeenat Aman had a definite impact on the characterization of the heroine in Hindi films. With films such as Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Yaadon Ki Baraat, she fashioned the image of the youthful and westernized woman in Hindi cinema.”

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10. In 2008, Zeenat Aman won the Zee Cine Awards – Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to Bollywood and ‘The Art of Acting’.
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11. “Zeenat never shared her life. She just gave it away…”– Simi Garewal about Zeenat Aman
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