Considered as the first Indian actress to portray the modern, westernised heroine of Bollywood, Zeenat Aman had actually starter her career asa journalist with a magazine before turning to modelling. After going on to win the Miss Asia-Pacific in 1970, Aman’s film career began with a small role in O. P. Ralhan‘s Hulchul in 1971.
After wowing audiences as the drug-addict sister of Dev Anand in Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Zeenat Aman went on to work with some of the biggest filmmakers of the industry viz. as Dev Anand, B.R. Chopra, Raj Kapoor, Manmohan Desai, Feroz Khan, Nasir Hussain, Manoj Kumar, Prakash Mehra, Raj Khosla and Shakti Samanta. Zeenat Aman was known for instilling immense sex-appeal in roles and was a refreshing contrast to the usual demure and conventional heroines from that era.
In 1985, she got married to actor Mazhar Khan and had two sons Azaan and Zahaan. Mazhar Khan died in September 1998 due to renal failure. Zeenat came back to the silver screen after a decade doing a cameo role in the film Bhopal Express. Aman received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Zee Cine Awards function in 2008, as recognition of her contribution to Hindi Cinema and also received An Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema award at IIFA awards 2010 held at Colombo, Sri Lanka.
On the occasion of her birthday, we wish Zeenat Aman a happy and prosperous life ahead, filled with more professional highs and personal crests of joy.