Bollywood actor Zeenat Aman has been a symbol of elegance, glamour and sensuality right from the time she stepped into the industry in 1971. Be it as the pot-smoking hippie Janice in the song Hare Krishna Hare Ram or the sultry yet strong Sunita in Yaadon Ki Baaraat, she has wooed fans and critics alike.
Chura Liya Hai Tumne
One of the most famous songs from the movie Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Chura Liya Hai Tumne showcases Aman strumming a guitar and trying to woo actor Vijay Arora as she lip syncs to Asha Bhosle’s voice. The opening lines of the songs are inspired by If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, the title track of the eponymous 1969 film. The song has also been sampled by many popular western musicians such as Jay Sean, Task Force, Jean Grae and Leeroy.
Do Lafzon Ki Hain
Featuring the voices of singers Sharad Kumar and Asha Bhosle, this song from The Great Gambler shows Bachchan and Aman romancing in Italy. RD Burman, the composer, was rumoured to have been inspired to create the song after coming across the French song, Les Feuilles Mortes by Yves Montand. Rumour is that Burman actually took the basic rhythm of the song, added his own bit to it and told Bhosle to sing differently.
Aise Na Mujhe Tum Dekho
Composed by RD Burman, penned by Anand Bakshi and sung by Kishore Kumar, this song from Darling Darling features Dev Anand romancing Aman at the Mahabaleshwar fort in Maharashtra. This film was her seventh and last with Anand.
Aap Jaisa Koi
Aman showed her sensuous avatar in this song from Qurbani. It was composed by Biddu and sung by Pakistani pop singer Nazia Hassan. Aap Jaisa Koi would never have made it to the film’s soundtrack if not for Hassan. Biddu had originally recorded a Hindi version of a Boney M song for her to sing. But she insisted on singing something original. Hassan was 14 years old when she recorded the track.
Dum Maro Dum
Who can forget the iconic scene from Hare Krishna Hare Ram that features Aman smoking marijuana from a pipe while grooving to this song? Aman had told us earlier, “We shot it in Kathmandu with real hippies. Nepal was the best destination to hang out then.” Lata Mangeshkar and Usha Uthup were supposed to sing the song originally, but it was later given to Asha Bhosle.