Even before Sunny Leone, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, there existed a poster girl who wore her sass on her sleeve. Zeenat Aman, an actress who was much forward of her time. She was a badass heroine whom all filmmakers wanted to take in their movie. She was unabashed and played rebellious and liberated characters in her movie as well. From bohemian and club dancer to a vamp, Zeenat got under the skin of every character with much ease.
Zeenat was born on November 19, 1951 in Bombay, however was partially raised in US and Europe. Before venturing into the Bollywood, she won the title of Miss Aisa Pacific 1970. She is the first South Asian woman to bag the title. She debuted in Bollywood with a small role in O.P.Ralhan's Hulchul in 1971. The turning point in her career came when Dev Anand offered her a second heroine role in Prem Pujari and her sister's role in Hare Ram Hare Krishna. After that there was no looking back for her. Here are some unforgettable movies of the sultry actress.
Hare Rama Hare Krishna
Zeenat Aman played the role of Dev Anand's sister in 1971 film Hare Rama Hare Krishna. The evergreen Dum Maaro Dum song from the film shot her to fame. The movie also earned her Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award and BFJA Award for Best Actress.
Satyam Shivam Sundaram
The 1978 movie by Raj Kapoor was based on soul being more attractive than body. She played the role of a village girl Roopa who had a partially burnt face. The movie was slammed for excessive exposure but later, it went on to be considered as an art work.
The song Aap jaisa Koi from this 1980 flick was a huge hit and helped the movie turn into a blockbuster. It also paved the way of pop industry in India. Another song Laila O Laila which is remembered best for bombshell Zeenat Aman was a smashing hit.
The 1978 movie starring Amitabh Bachchan was a blockbuster and Zeenat played a crucial role in it. In an era when most of the actress were seen in shy roles, her avatar of westernized revenge-seeking action heroine mesmerized fans.
The 1975 flick starring Dev Anand, Zeenat Aman and Pran among others was a terrific hit at the box office. Zeenat and Dev have done almost half a dozen films together but Warrant was the most successful. In his autobiography, Dev Anand confessed that he was in love with the beautiful actress.