Zeenat Aman is one among the unconventional stars of Bollywood, who has boldly portrayed glamorous characters with charm. She has worked with several famous and charming actors of Bollywood in many of her movies in her career spanning almost twenty years. Zeenat was born in Germany to Scinda and Amanullah Khan. Amanullah Khan is the script writer of Mughal-E-Azam and Pakeezah. It was in Los Angeles and India that Zeenat finished her studies.
It was as a writer in Femina, a fashion magazine, that she began her career. Within some time she changed her focus to modeling and soon was a well-known model. She started receiving movie offers as an actor after she won the contest named Asia Pacific Pageant, in 1970.
Zeenat Aman has not won several awards in her film career but she could certainly change the screen image of Hindi film actresses at that time. Through her sensuous and bold portrayal of women on screen, she attracted the attention of critics and audience after she made entry into Hindi film industry in the '70s. She portrayed the nonconforming young minds of the '70s through Hare Rama Hare Krishna and also gave some of the popular songs through that film. 2 of the evergreen songs Dum Maro Dum and Phoolon Ka Taaron Ka features her skillfulness and both have been enacted well. In Hindi film industry, this movie is a classic.
She was one among the first actresses to bring in the image of women who like to put on stylish clothes and show off their slim body. Through the movie Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Zeenat Aman became more popular and the image of a young woman carrying a guitar was widely accepted. Even to this day, the romantic song in this film, Chura Liya Hai Tumne is being listened to, which was popular in those times. A lot of youth magazines featured her as the cover girl because of the sensation she created in young minds.
After performing in Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) she became known as sex symbol of Hindi film industry. The message expressed in the movie was 'soul is superior to one's body'. Her captivating acting can also be seen in Don, alongside Amitabh Bachchan. She effortlessly performed the roles of both traditional and self-reliant women.
Zeenat Aman was the sensation of that period and is still being looked up to by young actresses for her style. Other than Parveen Babi, only she has done many various roles in her career unlike her contemporaries. By giving youthful and romantic numbers like Aap Jaisa Koi, Do Labzon Ki Hain, Panna Ki Tamanna, Satyam Shivam Sundaram Hum Dono Do Premi, and Haey Haey Ye Majboori, she shares the seat of the most sultry actress of Bollywood with Parveen Babi.