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Zeenat Aman Says ‘People Had More Interest In My Figure Than Intellect’

Zeenat Aman recently spoke about how she was desired by the youth in the 70’s and how people were more interested in her looks than intellect.

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ONE of the most popular veteran actors in Bollywood, Zeenat Aman recently spoke about her time as a leading lady in the 1970’s. The actor highlighted that the constant gossip and perceptions made her feel suffocated and how she has found freedom to express herself via her Instagram account.

In a recent interview, Zeenat Aman revealed why she loved aging. “I realised early on that the world desired youth and beauty from women in the film industry. So I leveraged my looks, but I also chose roles that pushed the envelope. Still, there was far more interest in my face and figure than there ever was in my intellect. This is one reason that I have loved ageing—it has evened the scales,” the veteran star told Vogue India in an interview.

Zeenat Aman has been one of the most active Bollywood stars on Instagram. The actor often takes to their Instagram account to share memories from her movies back in the 70’s and 80’s. 

To mark 42 years of the theatrical release of her film Laawaris, Zeenat shared a picture with megastar Amitabh Bachchan from the sets of their film. Alongside, the actor penned a note that read, “Laawaris was released 42 years ago on this day on 22nd May 1981. An old school Masala blockbuster, it’s the story of a man born from an illicit relationship, and includes themes of love, betrayal, murder and reconciliation.”

The actor spoke about her experience of working on the film while being unwell. “This still is from the song “kab ke bichhde hue hum aaj”. I had been visiting a friend in London, and flew directly to Kashmir to make it in time for this shoot. Director Prakash Mehra had been keeping unwell, but his excellent team of assistants stepped up to the plate. We shot the song over two-three days in some of the most stunning locations I have ever been to. Jumpsuits were all the rage back then, and this purple set was just fabulous! ( and the reason I chose this picture.)” the actor added. 

About working with Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat wrote, “Amit ji and I have had such a long working relationship, and I think part of the reason that we made a good onscreen jodi is our shared work ethic. We were both punctilious and punctual, which anyone in the industry will agree is not quite as common amongst actors as they’d like! I only ever recall him being late to set once in all those years, and boy is that a story to tell.”

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