Bollywood sexiest 70s beauty Zeenat Aman turns 65 today. She ruled as the sex symbol for almost two decades in Bollywood. After her studies in Los Angeles, she won the Miss Asia Pacific title in 1970. She has been instrumental in giving a modern look to the Indian cinema. She has worked in more than 50 movies in Bollywood. To her credit she has some super hits movie from Bollywood, aided by RD Burmans’ song ‘Dum Maro Dum’ which won her millions of hearts.
Her film career began with a small role in ‘Hulchul’ in 1971, after that she bombed in Dev Anand film ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’, ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’, ‘Qurbani’, ‘Lawaaris’, ‘Yaadon Ki Baarat’, ‘Heera Panna’ and many more other movies.
Zeenat Aman was born in Mumbai. Her Father, Amanullan Khan, was a script writer who made the script for movies such as Pakeezah and Mughal- e-Azam. He died when Zeenat was only 13 years old. Her mother remarried to a German man called Heinz. Zeenat and her mother obtained a citizenship of Germany. Zeenat went there on temporarily basis and returned to India when she turned 18.
In 2008, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Zee Cine Awards as a recognition of her contribution to Hindi Cinema. She also received an Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema award at IIFA awards 2010. She dedicated this award to her mother.
Huge success in a short times create more controversies in life, here we have a look at some of the controversies this glamorous girl Zeenat Aman faced.
1. Zeenat affair with Sanjay Khan
The most brilliant and good looking stars, Zeenat Aman and Sanjay Khan met on the set of Abdullah in 1970, and both of them fell in love. It was rumour that Zeenat and Sanjay got married in Jaisalmer on 30th December, 1978. In an interview she quoted that “I was very naive and vulnerable at that time. It was a few weeks of madness, that’s it,” she said in an interview much later.
One evening at the Taj Hotel, Zeenat came to meet Sanjay where he attending a private party. When Sanjay saw Zeenat at that party, he took her in a hotel room, he lost his temper and started abusing Zeenat. He did not give any chance for Zeenat to speak.
After that incident, Zarine (Sanjay’s wife) forced Sanjay to make distance from Zeenat. By this time Zeenat, came to realise of a negative drama surrounding her relationship and disturbing her peace of mind. Then both of them separated from each other.
Their affair was only black mark in Zeenat’s personal life.
2. Zeenat rumour affair with Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan
Here one of the most famous India-Pakistan Love story, Zeenat and Imran love story came to light. Zeenat is from Anglo Indian mother and a Muslim father and a former Miss Asia Pacific, Zeenat was an intelligent, modern women, she was a more western than Indian, it was a perfect match for Imran. It was a match between two supreme sex symbols of the sub continent.
However, their relationship came to an end after Zeenat married Mazhar and Imran married British Billionaire heiress Jemima Goldsmith.
3. Zeenat Married to Mazhar Khan
After getting separated from Sanjay and Imran, Zeenat tied the knot with Mazhar Khan in 1985. The marriage was bitter for Zeenat, as her husband used to beat her. They had two sons, Azaan and Zahaan. After a turbulent 12 years of marriage, Zeenat filed for divorce from Mazhar Khan and they got separated. After her divorce from Mazhar Khan, Zeenat stopped making public appearances.
what went wrong in their relationship Zeenat said, “Mazhar never wanted me to grow as an individual or as an artist. He always wanted me to be with the kids and be at home. During the very first year of marriage I realised I had made a huge mistake, but I decided to live by it and make it work. I tried to make it work for another 12 years. There was no light at the end of the tunnel for me. There was not a single moment of happiness or joy during those 12 years. But I still tried making it work.”
“My world had shrunk around Mazhar and my kids. These 5 years I just gave away everything I had. My positivity, energy, time and love. And by the end of the 5th year I realised I had nothing more to give. I realised I wanted to go out of that marriage. From battling for his life, it had now become a battle of my survival. If I would not have left then I would have definitely had a nervous breakdown.”
4. Rumour: In 2013, Zeenat marries Sarfaraz Ahmed
After the long time, in 2013 Zeenat came back to limelight. There were rumours that Zeenat was planning to marry 36-year old businessman Sarfaraz Ahmed. He was a Shiv Sena member in Mumbai. She was in live-in relationship with Sarfaraz Ahmed. Eventually, she refused the news of marriage with Sarfaraz.
Well Free Press Journal wishes Zeenat Aman a Very Happy Birthday.