Zeenat Aman changed the entire outlook of an ‘Indian actress’

A trendsetter, beauty queen, free-spirited and most desired actress of Bollywood, Zeenat Aman is celebrating her 69th birthday. Known for ultra glamourous looks and fearless persona onscreen, Zeenat Aman changed the entire mathematics concerning Bollywood actresses. Until the entry of veteran actress Zeenat Aman Bollywood in 1971, all other actresses portrayed the role of typical Indian women avatar.

Zeenat’s bold and free-spirited genes made her one of the most influential, successful and spectacular B-town divas during 1970s and 80s.

On her birthday, let’s recall her fulfilling career that spans over five decades:

  • Zeenat Aman was born on 19th November 1951 in Germany. Zeenat’s father, Amanullah Khan was a scriptwriter in Bollywood. His notable works are films like Pakeezah and Mughal-e-Azam. The actresses’ life took a tragic turn when her father died in the year 1964. Zeenat was just 13 years old at the time of this horrific incident. Her mother Scinda, later re-married to a German named Heinz and moved to Germany along with Zeenat. Since Zeenat didn’t find happiness on a foreign land, she returned to India as she turned 18th.
  • Zeenat Aman was the second runner up at the Miss India beauty pageant and became the first South Asian model to win Miss Asia Pacific in the year 1970.
  • Partially raised in Europe and USA, Zeenat Aman began her film career in Bollywood in 1971 with movie Hulchul, directed by O.P Ralhan, which turned out to be a big flop. She was later offered the role of Janice in the movie Hare Ram Hare Krishna (1971) which lead her to never ending fame and her first ever Filmfare award.
  • As her film career in Bollywood had started to flourish, this unconventional actress took the entire industry by the storm with her bold and badass appearance on screen. At the time when women were seen only as wives or lovers on big screen, Zeenat Aman started a revolutionary wave of unconventional characters.
  • The most popular actress of all time, Zeenat Aman won thousands of hearts as she appeared with a guitar, glossy lips and killer smile to woo her crush in Yaadon ki Baarat (1973).
  • Her career spanned for over 50 decades where she has worked in more than 80 movies. Known for delivering flawless performances during 70s and 80s, Zeenat Aman is one of the finest and evergreen actresses Bollywood has ever had.

This glamour goddess of the 70s, broke the stereotypes surrounding Indian heroines and set a revolutionary image of Indian actress who was intelligent, chic, independent and the master of her own life.