Zeenat Aman Biography


Zeenat Khan, popularly known as Zeenat Aman, is a renowned Indian actress and former fashion model, born on November 19, 1951. Her journey into the entertainment industry began with modeling, where she gained recognition for her striking beauty and poise. At the young age of 19, Zeenat ventured into beauty pageants, clinching both the prestigious Femina Miss India pageant and the Miss Asia Pacific International pageant titles in 1970.

Zeenat Aman’s acting career kicked off in 1970, marking the start of a remarkable journey in the film industry. Her early filmography included notable works such as “The Evil Within” (1970) and “Hulchul” (1971). However, it was the musical drama “Haré Rama Haré Krishna” (1971) that proved to be her breakthrough. Her exceptional performance in the film earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress and the BFJA Award for Best Actress (Hindi). Zeenat continued her successful run with movies like “Yaadon Ki Baaraat” (1973), further solidifying her position in the industry.

The 1970s witnessed Zeenat Aman’s rise as a leading actress, with prominent roles in films such as “Roti Kapada Aur Makaan” (1974), “Ajanabee” (1974), “Warrant” (1975), “Chori Mera Kaam” (1975), “Dharam Veer” (1977), “Chhailla Babu” (1977), “Hum Kisise Kum Naheen” (1977), and “The Great Gambler” (1979). Her performance in “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” (1978) earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Additionally, she portrayed the character of CBI agent Roma in the iconic film “Don” (1978), a role that became synonymous with her name and led to the creation of the successful Don franchise.

In the early 1980s, Zeenat Aman continued to shine with leading roles in movies like “Abdullah” (1980), “Alibaba Aur 40 Chor” (1980), “Qurbani” (1980), “Dostana” (1980), and “Insaf Ka Tarazu” (1980). Her remarkable portrayal in the latter earned her a second nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Despite her success, Zeenat gradually reduced her film appearances after marrying actor Mazhar Khan in 1985. She took a hiatus in 1989, with her last film during this period being “Gawaahi” (1989).

Zeenat Aman made a comeback to the big screen in 1999 with the film “Bhopal Express.” Although her acting hiatus lasted until 2003 when she appeared in “Boom,” she continued to grace the silver screen with her presence in various independent films, including “Ugly Aur Pagli” (2008), “Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyon” (2010), “Chaurahen” (2012), “Strings of Passion” (2014), “Dunno Y2… Life Is a Moment” (2015), “Dil Toh Deewana Hai” (2016), and “Sallu Ki Shaadi” (2017). She also made a cameo appearance in “Panipat” (2019) and is set to return to a leading role in the upcoming film “Margaon: The Closed File” (TBA), marking her first major leading role since the 1980s.

Apart from her film career, Zeenat Aman made her theatrical debut in 2004, starring in the play “The Graduate” in Mumbai. In 2020, it was announced that she would appear in a play based on the life of Kasturba Gandhi. Additionally, she captivated audiences with her role in the 2017 web series “Love Life & Screw Ups,” receiving praise for her performance.

Zeenat Aman’s personal life has been a subject of extensive media coverage, particularly her experiences with abuse. Despite the challenges she faced, her talent, resilience, and enduring charm continue to inspire generations of fans and aspiring actors alike, making her an enduring icon in the Indian film industry.

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