NOSTALGIA–ZEENAT AMAN

NOSTALGIA–ZEENAT AMAN

A few weeks ago,Small B (Big B’s son) had come on a TV Show ( Farhan Akhtar’s “,,,FRIDAY”) .He had openly confessed that he had had the hots for Zeenat Aman,when he was young and Zeenie Baby was his father’s co-star.

This reminded me about what I had written on 16th March 1980 (29 years ago !) to the Star & Style magazine in response to their then controversy topic number 4 titled as :
“KEEPING RECENT INCIDENTS IN MIND WOULD YOU STILL CALL ZEENAT AMAN “MISS PROFESSIONAL”OR,IS SHE JUST ANOTHER EMOTIONAL FOOL ?”

This is what I had written :

Here is a three act play like summary of Zeenat’s professionalism:

ACT-I :

People sat up and stared at Zeenat as the “dum-maro-dum” girl portraying the “hippie-cult”in ‘HARE RAMA HARE KRISHNA”.She had “it” and she was “in”.Soon learning the ropes,she became a cool and calculative professional ,’making hay while the sun shone’.Dev Anand–her first shining sun,mentor,guide and ‘everything’,was idolized for bringing out the best in her.She wasn’t tired of describing him as Dev Saab this and Dev Saab that,etc.

ACT-II:

Zeenie Baby sought new pastures after Dev’s other movies flopped and she explioted his charismatic association,for being in the news,to the maximum.When Ralhan’s “Hulchul” didn’t even cause a ripple,when “Manoranjan”bombed inspite of her nude scenes and when Danny got better reviewsin ‘Dhund”,she lost her cool but soon captured Raj Kapoor’s “Satyam Shivam Sundram.”Therafter,it was Rajji the great,the this, the that.Zeenat couldn’t act,so she cashed on her anatomical assets and gave a good view of her assets to the viewers.However, Rupa,the character of SSS,was invisible to the discerning cine-goers,for she looked and played the part like sexy Zeenat Aman.In short,a “volcano of talent (?)” proved to be a “cesspool of curves” !!

ACT-III:

Next sun was Sanjay and she engrossed herself in him and his “Abdullah”.Wild rumours floated and her supposedly romantic inclinations caused strained relations in the Khan’s home.Different angles of the “tri-angle”giving different versions,gave her more publicity,boosting sales of gossip magazines.The ‘coup de etat’ “was brought” recently with him supposedly slapping her.Zeenat was labelled as an emotional fool,Zarine was pitied and Mrs Heinz sided naturally with her “Babusha”.End of Sanjay this and that etc.

In between,there were brief ‘interludes’ with “Robin” and ‘Krishna Shah-limar” and other not-so-important characters from professional view-point.Recent “cricket fever” was also exploited by her by suggesting possible alliance with ‘Imran Khan’,which,alas,hasn’t paid any dividend so far.

All this proves that Zeenat is an out and out MISS PROFESSIONAL–a girl with anglicized look,faulty Hindi diction and no great talent, but who fully understands that Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” theory means “survival of the most professional” in the filmdom,and who uses her brains to manipulate persons and situations to her professional advantage.

J S BROCA
Baroda.
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1.readers who wish to know more about zeenie baby,can go to the following link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeenat_Aman

2.readers who would like to see zeenat sizzle with a sexy song can go to :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97RzlQhCDlo (” AAP JAISA KOI….” )

3. The hit songs picturised on Zeenat Aman are:

1. Dum maro dum mit jaayein gum bolo subah shaam hare krishna hare raam – Hare Rama Hare Krishna

2. Chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko nazar nahi churana sanam badal ke meri tum zindgani kahin badal naa jaana sanam – Yaadon Ki Baarat

3. Aap jaisa koi meri zindagi mein aaye to baat ban jaaaye – Qurbani

4. Ek ajnabee haseena se yun mulakat ho gayee fir kya hua yeh na poocho kuch aisi baat ho gayi – Ajnabee

5. Ruk jaana o jaana humse do baatein kar ke chali jaana ke mausam hai deewana – Warrant

6. Do lafzon ki hai dil ki kahani ya hai mohabbat ya hai jawani – The Great Gambler

7. Hum bewafa hargiz na the par hum wafa kar naa sake humko mili uski saza hum jo khata kar naa sake – Shalimar

8. Main na bhoolunga main naa bhoolungi in kasmon ko in rasmon ko in rishte naaton ko – Roti Kapda Aur Makaan

9. Jiska mujhe tha intezaar jiske liye dil tha beqaraar woh ghadi aa gayi aa gayi aaj pyaar mein hadh se gujar jaana hai maar dena hai tujhko yaa mar jaana hai – Don

10. Samundar mein naha ke aur bhi namkeen ho gayi laga hai pyaar ka woh rang ke rangeen ho gayi ho – Pukar

 

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