Zeenat Aman was born on November 19, 1951. Zeenat Aman was born to a Muslim
father and a Hindu mother. Amanullah, her father was one of the writers for
the movie Mughal-e-Azam and he died when Zeenat was just 13. Aman graduated
from St. Xavier's School in Mumbai and went to Los Angeles for her studies.
Upon returning to India, she first took a job as a journalist for Femina and
then later on moved on to modeling. She was the second runner up in the Miss
India Contest and went on to win the Miss Asia Pacific in 1970. She was
considered a sex symbol during the 70s.
After having studied in Los Angeles, winning the Miss Asia pageant and a
successful modeling career, Aman's film career began with a small role in O.
P. Ralhan's Hulchul in 1971. A second role in Hungama , starring singer
Kishore Kumar, was also not successful.
Zeenat Aman had won the Miss India contest and modelled quite a bit when she
was signed by Dev Anand who was looking for a westernised girl for his 'Hare
Rama Hare Krishna' (1971). Zeenat swayed to the music and became known as
the 'Dum Maro Dum' girl, as the producers fell all over themselves to sign
the uninhibited girl for their films.
'Yaadon Ki Baraat' and 'Dhund' (1973) and other films of this period, were
successful at the box- office but Zeenie baby, as the media dubbed her, was
considered only a showpiece. She happily signed Manoj Kumar's 'Roti Kapda
Aur Makaan' (1974) but again, she was the glamourous angle.
When she heard that Raj Kapoor was making 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram', (1978)
Zeenat got herself made-up as a village belle one side of whose face is
burnt, and dropped in on the maker! She got the film. Raj Kapoor promised
that Zeenat was a 'volcano of talent' which would erupt in this film.
Nothing like this happened though viewers and voyeurs got to feast their
eyes on her. But she got a lease of life and signed several more films.
'Don' (1978), 'Ram Balram' (1978) 'Shalimar' and 'Daku Hasina' ( with Rakesh
Roshan) were some of them.
After the briefest turbulent marriage with Sanjay Khan which ended after
Sanjay brutally assaulted her in a 5-star hotel, she tried picking up
threads of her career and even gave memorable performances in 'Insaaf Ka
Tarazu' (1980), 'Qurbaani' (1981), before settling down in marriage with
character actor Mazhar Khan. She did a tele-film 'Gawahi', though, she kept
away from acting but supported Mazhar Khan in making 'Gang'.
Zeenat Aman was the first Indian actress who wasn't a good dancer.
Zeenat married Mazhar Khan and was happily settled with her two sons Azhar
and Azaan when fate played truant once again. Mazhar was ill with liver
dysfunction and Zeenat spent all her savings for his treatment. The disease
however was fatal. Mazhar Khan passed away in September 1998 . What followed
was five traumatic years when her in-laws defamed her in public, snatched
her son and brainwashed him to the extent that he refused to go back to his
mother and even abused her.
Within a span of two years she lost her husband, her mother, and her son got
estranged. Zeenat with the help of her former friends like Dimple Kapadia
decided to let the world know her side of the story. She called a press
conference and clarified all the allegations leveled against her.
Today, Aman lives with her two sons and makes many social appearances. She
is seen on screen rarely, in films such as Bhopal Express and the Kaizad
Gustad film Boom. In 2006, she acted in the film Jaana - Let's Fall In Love
with Rajesh Khanna.
ABOUT HER SELF :
Date of Birth: 19 November 1951
Height: 5'9" or 1.75 m
Step-father: Mr. Heinz
Siblings: she is only child
Children: two sons
Marital status: widow
Ex-spouse: Mazhar Khan
Ex-spouse: Sanjay (Abbass) Khan
Boyfriend: Sanjay Khan
Education: Saint Xavier's school in Bombay than she studied in California
Other facts: winner in Miss Asia contest
Occupation: fashion model / bollywood actress
Debut Film: Hulchul
Sirf Romance: Love by Chance
Jaana: Lets Fall in Love
Tujhe Nahin Chhodunga
Baat Ban Jaye
Haathon Ki Lakeeren
Amir Aadmi Gareeb Aadmi
Yaadon Ki Kasam
Bandhan Kuchchey Dhaagon Ka
Humse Hai Zamana
Katilon Ke Kaatil
Insaf Ka Tarazu
Alibaba Aur 40 Chor
Bombay 405 Miles
The Great Gambler
Satyam Shivam Sundaram: Love Sublime
Chor Ke Ghar Chor
Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka
Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin
Chori Mera Kaam
Ishq Ishq Ishq
Roti Kapada Aur Makaan
Yaadon Ki Baaraat
Hare Raama Hare Krishna
The Evil Within