Zeenat Aman is a trendsetter and the most versatile actress in Bollywood by far. She has embraced some different roles and has broken the cliché in the most pleasing way. She has reigned over Bollywood for quite a time and has been the highest paid actress with
Hema Malini from 1980-1986. She was known for her glamorous look and kinky roles on screen and has been in controversy for her love life. She has ruled as a sex siren in Bollywood for about two decades and is still ruling in our hearts with the courage and the hardships that she had to face in her life. She was born on November 19, 1951, to script writer Amanullah Khan (wrote scripts for ‘
Pakeezah’ and Mughal-E-Azam) and Scindia in Bombay.
She had her schooling in Panchgani and went to the University of Southern California for further studies. Zeenat returned without completing her graduation and started working as a journalist for Femina; later she started modeling. She entered the
Miss India competition, was the third runner- up and went to win Miss Asia Pacific – being the first Indian ever to win it in 1970. Her career started with O P Ralhan’s ‘
Kabir Bedi, and then she did a cameo in ‘
Hungama’, but both the films went unnoticed. In 1971
Dev Anand launched her in “
Hare Rama Hare Krishna” which was a big hit among the masses and Zeenat bagged praises and after that there was no turning back for Zeenat, and she climbed the heights of success and fame and became the queen of Bollywood.
She donned a bikini and broke the stereotype of that loving and innocent girl in the movies with some strong, modern and real life roles on the darker side of reality. She kissed on screen for the first time and won Filmfare Best Actress Award for
Satyam Shivam Sundaram in 1977.
She had a hard marriage with
Sanjay Khan that has left some bruises on her heart and body and faced domestic violence; she broke the marriage after a year in 1981. After one heartbreak, she dared love once again and married
Mazhar Khan and gave birth to two sons, this marriage also didn’t bring her the one true happiness of being in love, but she dragged the marriage for 12 years. She was unsuccessful in love life but was a successful actress and brave at heart and leaving all the odds behind she emerged as a strong personality and inspires us.