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Overview (3)

Born in Bombay, State of Bombay, India
Nickname Babushka
Height 5' 6¼" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Zeenat Aman was born to a Hindu mother and a Muslim father Amanullah who was one of the writers for the classic "Mughal-e-Azam", on November 19th, 1951. Zeenat was an only child and her parents divorced when she was a little girl. A graduate of Saint Xavier's school in Bombay. Her father passed away when she was 13. Zeenat won a scholarship to study in California. Upon her return she started working as reporter and was introduced to modeling by friends. Her most prominent ad campaign was the Pond's 7 day to better complexion. Zeenat entered the Miss India contest and was the third runner up, to go to Miss Asia/Pacific a title she later won - being the first Indian to ever win that title (the same title was brought to Indian a second time in 2000 by Diya Mirza).

Zeenat was introduced to the movie screen by O.P. Ralhan in Hulchul with Kabir Bedi and later repeated by again by Ralhan in a cameo in Hungama. Both films sunk without trace. Zeenat was the third choice for the junkie 'Janice/Jasbeel' character in Dev Anand's 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna',(1971) opposite himself and the then reigning queen Mumtaz. Upon completion of shooting, Zeenat began packing bags to move to Malta with her mother and German step father (Mr. Heinz) for his job posting. When Dev Anand received feedback on rushes for the film, he insisted that Zeenat and her parents hold off on the move until the film is released and its fate decided, with reluctance they agreed. The film was an instant hit and Zeenat walked away with all the accolades shunning Mumtaz - never before had the Hindi cinema seen a newcomer overshadow the reigning queen. She won the Filmfare Award as Best Supporting Actress. For the first time, the Indian audience accepted a woman who played a 'less than pure' role in a movie.

Zeenat went on to revolutionize the Hindi film actress. She was the first Indian actress who refused bouffants, cropped a bob at the height of her career and hardly appeared in saris and bindis and could easily carry off a bikini dress without looking vulgar. She took on roles of the modern urban Indian woman, who made no excuses and took no prisoners. Her characters contemplated abortion to pursue a career (Ajnabee (1974) or dumping a poor lover to pursue a rich man (Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974), and still manage to win audience's approval. She pursued Vijay Arora by strumming her guitar singing "Churaliya hai" in the Nasir Hussain's hit film "Yaadon Ki Barat" (1973), fought alongside Amitabh Bachchan as a revenge-seeking action heroine in "Don" (1978). Even though Raj Kapoor's "Satyam Shivam Sundaram" (1977) didn't do well, Zeenat was able to break barriers by kissing her leading man on the mouth for the first time on the Indian screen post-Independence and receiving a Best Actress Filmfare nomination. She received another Filmfare nomination as Best Actress for the controversial hit film "Insaaf Ka Tarazu" (1980) where she played a justice-seeking rape survivor. Dev Anand promoted Zeenat in 70's by signing 7 films with her of which 4 were blockbusters.Rajesh Khanna-Zeenat Aman were paired opposite each-other in 4 films in 1974-84 period and 3 were blockbusters. and Shashi Kapoor-Zeenat gave 7 super-hit films off the 10 they did together. Zeenat began a new trend, helping launch careers for male actors - something Indian actresses never did. She signed Insaf Ka Tarazu with then unknown Raj Babbar and Deepak Prashar, signed films opposite even Mithun, Kanwaljeet Singh (Ashanti) and Tariq Ali (Hum Kissi se Kum Nahin and Yadon Ki Baarat). She had a tumultuous first marriage to Sanjay Khan which ended in divorce. Zeenat had a long string of super successes throughout her career but towards the end of her career she took on mature roles in Bhavani Junction, Haathon ki Lakeerain, Bandhan Kacche Dhagon Ka etc. the movies did average business at the box office as by late 80's cinema shifted its focus to front bench whistlers. At that time Zeenat settled in matrimony with fellow actor Mazhar Khan and gave birth to two sons, turning down multiple film offers. The marriage ended bitterly in divorce, but soon after Mazhar died, and Zeenat's feelings about him in the press were much kinder. Zeenat's contribution to the Indian cinema is definitely recognized though not fully as yet, but in time to come she will definitely be remembered as the first person to introduce a lot to India and add several dimensions to Indian women. In summary "She revolutionized the portrayal of Indian Women" in its cinema.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bhanurekha Ganesan

Spouse (2)

Mazhar Khan (11 October 1985 - 16 September 1998) ( his death) ( 2 children)
Sanjay (Abbass) Khan (1980 - 1981) ( divorced)

Trivia (25)

Winner in Miss Asia contest.
Dev Anand launched her fim career in Hare Rama Hare Krishna.
Had an affair with Sanjay Khan before being assaulted by his wife Zarine Khan.
Daughter of Aman.
Zeenat, along with Hema Malini, was the highest paid Hindi actress from 1976-80 and the 2nd highest paid actress, along with Hema Malini, from 1981-84 and the 3rd, along with Hema Malini, from 1973-1975.
Aunt to Director, Actor Mashhoor Amrohi and his brother Bilal Amrohi. They are the nephew's of husband Mazhar Khan. (Mazhar's sister's children). Mazhar's sister married Tajdhar Amrohi. Son of director Kamal Amrohi.
Son Zahaan Khan appeared in his father's film Gang as a child.
Raza Murad is her maternal cousin.
Aunt to Director, Actor Faruk Kabir and his sister Pop Singer and Sanober Kabir ( Children of N Kabir and Sabiha Kabir).
Was engaged with actor Frank Marino during the making of Namumkin. They met while filming the movie in Toronto. Frank is the father of actor Nicholas Marino.
Once engaged to actor, producer Robin Kumar .
During the shooting of the film " Namumkin" in Toronto, Canada, Zeenat Aman got engaged to a actor named Frank Marino.
Zeenat is no stranger to the small screen.Some years ago she hosted a teleshow Awaaz where she advised women in distress on issues ranging from delinquent children to dealing with drunken husbands and from being career women to fighting for their rights.
Was engaged to Gautam Berry (Sikandar Kher's father) in 1974.
Husband Mazhar Khan had a son named Azhar from his previous marriage to Rubaina Mumtaz. They are both settled in Los Angeles, California.
Son is director Azaan Khan of Bankster fame. He appeared in the films Ek Numbar Ka Chor and Dil as a child.
Mother's name is Scinda (Vardhini) Heinz.
Starred in Muzaffar Ali's shelved film "Manzar" (1984).
Released a children's album with Bashir Sheikh titled "Fun 2 Learn". It was released in the CBS record label in 1988.
Was involved with Shatrughan Sinha for a short while.
Got involved with actor Kanwaljeet during the making of Ashaanti.
Husband Mazhar Khan was formerly married to Rubaina Mumtaz Khan ( Dilip Kumar's sister Taj's daughter). Mazhar and Rubaina have a son named Azhar Khan. Azhar is now a famous Hollywood actor (TV serial Mr. Robot). Azhar has refused to acknowledge Mazhar Khan publicly as his father. Azhar's mother Rubaina Mumtaz's younger sister Johaina Mumtaz Khan was formerly married to actor Ronit Roy. They have a daughter named Ona Roy. Rubaina also has a brother named Syed Fahd Asad Mumtaz. He is married to actress Kiran Vairale and has a son named Asaad Mumtaz.
Father Aman remarried a woman named Shamim. When he eventually passed away, she remarried producer Khalid Akhtar (Ladies Tailor).
Was involved with the much younger Zaheer Aslam in the late 1990's. She and her husband Mazhar met Zaheer in England.
Starred in Muzaffar Ali's shelved film Daman. Starring Zeenat Aman, Suresh Oberoi,Leela Naidu,Saeed Jaffery. This was in 1982. The film was shelved then restarted with Rajesh Khanna and Manisha Koirala. It was later shelved all together.

Personal Quotes (1)

Love is a spring in the air and an extra spring in bed

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