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7 Times Zeenat Aman Set The Silver Screen On Fire

Zeenat Aman officially made her Instagram debut the other day and penned a thought-provoking note alongside the pictures, which were shot by a young female photographer. The actress revealed how often she was the ‘only woman on a set’ in the 1970s, highlighting how despite the progress made in the fight for gender equality, the entertainment industry of the time still faced many challenges for women.

In the face of the film industry’s patriarchal, sexist and ageist attitudes, Aman revolutionalised the portrayal of Indian women in cinema, made no excuses and took no prisoners. The former beauty queen added that she was looking forward to connecting with more young women working in the industry today. The OG feminist icon we all deserve, TBH.

With her captivating beauty, powerful performances, and the constant battles she fought to be taken seriously and recognised for her talent in the industry, Zeenat Aman left an indelible mark on Bollywood in the 1970s and 1980s. From playing the fearless Helen in Hare Rama Hare Krishna to the enigmatic Julia in Yaadon Ki Baarat, Aman’s performances enthralled audiences and established her as a leading lady of her time.

Ahead, we celebrate the veteran star’s timeless appeal and take a look at her top seven films that continue to enjoy cult-classic status.

Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971)

Aman portrayed the bold and vivacious Helen in this Dev Anand directorial, showcasing her versatility and range as an actress. Her performance as the westernised hippie who rediscovers her Indian roots, complete with bell-bottoms, headbands, and sunglasses, was groundbreaking for the time.

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Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978)

Her portrayal of the beautiful but scarred Roopa in this Raj Kapoor film was nothing short of stunning. Aman played the woman who captures the heart of a young man in this timeless love story. The actress’ chemistry with Shashi Kapoor was electric, and her dance sequences in the film remain memorable to this day.

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Yaadon Ki Baarat (1973)

In this quintessential Bollywood potboiler featuring long-lost siblings, murder, thievery, love and great songs, an evil lair with automatic sliding doors, hidden assassins and no real logic, Aman played the mysterious Julia who is rich, spoilt, yet independent and smart. Her effortless performance, paired with her natural beauty completely shook up how women are seen in Bollywood with her choice of ‘bold’ characters. The cast behind the screen on this archetypal ’70s family drama also carried enough punch per pound, from Salim-Javed behind the wheel to R.D. Burman at his best, making the film a beloved classic to this day.

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Don (1978)

Aman’s role as the vixen Roma in the OG Don was one of her most memorable performances and definitely made pop culture history. With her stunning looks and charismatic dialogue delivery, she stole the show and left audiences begging for more.

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The Great Gambler (1979)

Aman stars in this film as a beautiful but dangerous woman who ensnares one of the lead characters. The film’s stylish direction, memorable music and Aman’s electric chemistry with Amitabh Bachchan make it a classic of its era.

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Dostana (1980)

The actress’ role as the glamorous fashion designer, Jennifer, in Dostana was undoubtedly a standout performance. With her stylish outfits, effortless grace, and acting prowess, Aman left audiences in awe and cemented her place as a leading lady in Bollywood.

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Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)

Aman took the stage as a cabaret dancer in this blockbuster hit from 1977. With an all-star cast and unforgettable music, dialogues and performances, this film is a must-see for fans of Bollywood’s golden era.

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These are just a few of the many memorable performances that Zeenat Aman gave throughout her illustrious career. Her timeless appeal and enduring legacy have made her a true icon of Hindi cinema and a source of inspiration for generations of actors.