Zeenat Aman is an Indian actress, she was born on 19 November 1951, in Bombay, Bombay state, India. She is a very beautiful and talented actress. She is mostly known for her works in the Hindi film industry during the 1970s and 80s. She has won the Miss Asia Pacific title in 1970 and she is the first South Asian woman to win the title. Zeenat Aman has also won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.
Zeenat Aman was born is Germany to a Muslim father and Hindu mother. Her father’s name is Amanullah Khan, a scriptwriter and her mother’s name is Scinda. Amanullah Khan was a famous script writer, he made the script of several popular films like Mughal-e-Azam and Pakeezah. He died when Zeenat Aman was only 13 years old. Then Zeenat Aman stayed with her mother in the Germany. She returned to India when she was 18 years old. She did her schooling in Panchgani. She studied at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles but could not complete her graduation. When she returned to India, she began modeling and later entered into the film industry.
After winning the Miss Asia Pacific 1970 contest, Zeenat Aman began her film career. She made her film debut as a supporting actress in the O. P. Ralhan’s Hindi thriller film Hulchul alongside O. P. Ralhan, Prem Chopra, and Helen. In the same year, she appeared as a leading actress in Dev Anand’s Hare Rama Hare Krishna opposite Dev Anand. Her performance was praised by the critics and she won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. In 1974, she appeared in Shakti Samanta’s Ajanabee opposite Rajesh Khanna.
Zeenat Aman started acting as a lead actress with top Actors and directors and soon became a high-profile actress. In 1978, she acted in massively published social drama film Satyam Shivam Sundaram opposite Shashi Kapoor, under Raj Kapoor’s direction. The film and Zeenat Aman was heavily criticized but the film gave her more popularity and she achieved a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress.
Next Zeenat Aman appeared in Krishna Shah’s Shalimar alongside Dharmendra and international actors Rex Harrison, John Saxon, and Sylvia Miles. The film was unsuccessful in India and USA. Some of her successful films of the 1970s were, Heeralal Pannalal, Chor Ke Ghar Chor, and Don.
In 1980, Zeenat Aman appeared in B. R. Chopra’s Insaf Ka Tarazu opposite Raj Babbar and achieved a Filmfare nomination for Best Actress. Her other successful films of the 1980s were, Qurbani, Alibaba Aur 40 Chor, Dostana, and Lawaaris.
After a long break from films, Zeenat Aman made her comeback in Bhopal Express in 1999. Next, she appeared in several films including Boom, Jaana… Let’s Fall in Love, Chaurahen, Ugly Aur Pagli, Geeta in Paradise, Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyon and “Strings of Passion”. Zeenat Aman received Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2008.
Zeenat Aman married Mazhar Khan in 1985. The couple has two sons Azaan and Zahaan. Mazhar Khan died in 1998.
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