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Sushmita Sen and Zeenat Aman: Two women, an era apart and always ahead of their time

Two ladies from two totally different eras in Bollywood, each of whom made path-breaking decisions of their careers and private lives, and emerged stronger from the hearth of tabloid gossip and finger pointing. Recognized for his or her grace and poise in addition to their expertise, Sushmita Sen and Zeenat Aman rejoice their birthdays in the present day. Sushmita turns 46, whereas Zeenat Aman turns 70. Whereas Sushmita tried quite a few genres and labored onerous to maneuver away from the glamorous typecast, Zeenat Aman embraced it within the period when actresses performed sari-clad virtuous ladies. They have been each bestowed that tag — ‘forward of her time’.

Much like Sushmita, Zeenat transitioned into modelling and wonder pageants after a brief stint as a journalist. In 1970, she was the second runner-up in Miss India, however received Miss Asia Pacific. She started her profession in 1971, after which shot to fame with Hare Rama Hare Krishna, the place she introduced a Western sensibility to her position as Janice. One in every of her most well-known roles embody the sensuous Satyam Shivam Sundaram, the place she performed Rupa, a easy village woman with extreme burns. Whereas many actresses most popular to remain within the folds of conference, Zeenat Aman experimented along with her vogue decisions in addition to roles. Her alternative of nuanced characters outlined most of her profession.

Movie star Amitabh Bachchan and Zeenat Aman in movie DON. The Press Reporter archive picture

On being ‘forward of her time’, Zeenat as soon as mentioned, “I get this very often. Folks do inform me, even now, that I’ve been forward of my time by way of vogue and selecting scripts, but it surely was all not deliberate. It simply occurred and I’m completely satisfied about it. You simply waft, do what you want probably the most and your style displays your persona,” she had instructed Deccan Chronicle. Nevertheless, owing to her tough relationships and marriages that started to make extra news than the actor herself, Zeenat pale out of the limelight quietly, however by no means forgotten. In spite of everything, she did belong to the rollicking 70s, and dared to enterprise the place different ladies hesitated.

After which there’s Sushmita Sen, an period aside. She has completed all of it — the primary Indian girl to turn out to be Miss Universe, exploring a special profession alternative and refusing to be tied right down to what the society considers ‘proper’ for girls. Refusing to be slotted in only one class of the glamorous girl, she performed the position of a stalker in her debut movie Dastak, after which tried comedy within the David Dhawan movie Biwi No. 1, the place she performed Salman Khan’s mistress. She took her time to show her actual mettle in appearing, one thing she ‘takes accountability’ for, as she actually instructed Filmfare later. “I’m an outsider however I used to be approached to be an element movies default due to the sweetness pageant I received. I by no means considered changing into an actor, however after I took it up, I felt I can study and develop right here. Could also be at that time I wasn’t an advanced individual and it confirmed on display. I take accountability for that. I stored working onerous, however was by no means determined.”

Sushmita Sen (Sushmita Sen in Samay, picture: YouTube)

Sushmita made the tough transition from the loud, over-the-top, blustery 90’s to the 2000’s, which noticed a shift within the viewers perceptions. They didn’t simply need extreme melodrama in a household set-up, or a heroine ready round whereas the macho hero scales heights.

She didn’t go away the masala behind although, as Essential Hoon Na in 2004 proved. Because the enticing instructor to Shah Rukh Khan, she confirmed that she was not shy of doing what individuals anticipate from a typical Bollywood main woman. She de-glammed and performed the position of a police officer in Samay –a movie that doesn’t get sufficient credit score and quietly slipped by the cracks.

Sushmita’s movies may not have labored, and he or she maybe doesn’t have fairly so many blockbusters to her credit score, however she by no means pale out of the limelight. Her relationships made headlines, however she remained nonchalant about it, nonetheless ugly the rumours turned.

Whereas her movie profession had its ups and downs, Sushmita made an unconventional alternative on the age of 24. She adopted Renee, after which later Alisah in 2010, taking a sabbatical from movies. Later, she defined that she had totally different approaches to motherhood with the each of them, and expressed remorse that  she didn’t give Renee sufficient time. “I believed that I’ve to maintain getting cash, hold paying the payments. My method to motherhood with Renee was extra like a father – the supplier. I didn’t have the time to be the supplier and the nurturer as a result of there was simply a lot work to do. I actually had her in a sack, with Chi Chi (Govinda) and David Dhawan holding her on the units, and I’m giving my shot! I labored like that as a result of I needed to remain near her, the most effective I might,” she mentioned.

Nevertheless, Sushmita knew that she wouldn’t do the identical factor with Alisah. “I needed to see her by her childhood. After she turns six, I can look again at working. If my profession in movies is finished by then, so be it. I’ll get into enterprise or I’ll do one thing else. However this, I can not miss,” she mentioned. Sushmita goes sturdy with mannequin Rohman Scarf presently, and doesn’t maintain again from expressing her love for him in her Instagram posts. He’s nicely ingrained in her household,  Throughout an interview with Rajeev Masand, she revealed that her daughter as soon as requested “What if we don’t like your boyfriend?” A nonchalant Sushmita responded, “You don’t have to love him. I’ve to love him.” Clear-cut, and sincere, there’s in all probability 1,000,000 explanation why Sushmita Sen continues to wield an affect over her followers.

Two stars born on the identical day, years aside, but abandoning a luminous legacy.


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