Zeenat Aman says she was accepted by audience even when she played drug-addict: 'Writers wrote parts for me'

Jun 30, 2022 10:19 AM IST

Zeenat Aman played a drug-addict in Hare Rama Hare Krishna. She recently recalled that she was accepted by audience in such roles even in those times.

Zeenat Aman, who played a number of grey characters while she was a leading lady in Bollywood in the 70s and 80s, has said she believes her journey in Indian cinema was defined by such roles. Zeenat said that she was accepted by the audience even as a drug addict, which led to filmmakers creating interesting roles especially for her. Also Read| Suniel Shetty says Bollywood is ‘not filled with druggies’ but ‘mistakes’ happen

Zeenat Aman with Dev Anand in a still from Hare Rama Hare Krishna, in which she played a drug addict who took her own life.
Zeenat Aman with Dev Anand in a still from Hare Rama Hare Krishna, in which she played a drug addict who took her own life.

Zeenat played a drug-addict who eventually takes her own life in the 1971 film Hare Rama Hare Krishna, a musical drama by Dev Anand starring himself as Zeenat's brother. It was one of the early roles in Zeenat's career after she debuted with 1971 film Hulchul.

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As per PTI, Zeenat spoke about her unconventional roles at an event in Delhi, and said, "I was accepted by the audiences at that time in characters which had grey shades, whether it was a drug addict, or someone who died of an overdose... There was an audience acceptance. Subsequently, writers wrote parts for me where it was a good bad girl, good girl and other kinds of roles that did well."

She added about her career, "My journey in Indian cinema started when I was a teenager and I stopped working when I became a mother. Along the way, there were many milestones. I had the good fortune of working with a lot of actor-directors like Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Amjad Khan, Feroz Khan and Sanjay Khan. All these filmmakers were actors themselves. So they brought that extra bit of creativity to the table."

Zeenat was last seen in Ashutosh Gowarikar's period drama Panipat in 2019. She will soon be making her OTT debut and has completed two web series.

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