Zeenie Baby – Oomph Girl of the 70s

Long before the Mallika Sherawats and Rakhi Sawants were born, there was Zeenat Aman, her sumptuous bosom, voluptuous figure and all.

The ultimate oomph girl of the 1970s, Zeenat Aman, or Zeenie Baby as she was fondly referred to in the desi filmi magazines, was your Hollywood pinup girls Betty Grable, Gloria Swanson, Ava Gardner and Hedy Lamarr rolled in one.

For Indian men of any age in the 1970s and even in the early 1980s, Bollywood actress Zeenie Baby was the hot babe who haunted their dreams and, hey their waking moments too.

Zeenat Aman was never a great actress but then only an idiot came to Zeenie Baby’s movies to watch her histrionic talent!

Titillation was Zeenie Baby’s talent.

When one Indian news magazine described her as the undisputed Queen of the Come on, the 1970s monument to sex appeal, it was understating her sex appeal.

Hare Raama Hare Krishna, Yaadon ki Baaraat, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Don, Qurbani were only some of the six dozen or so movies that Zeenat Aman starred in.

Of course, it was Satyam Shivam Sundaram in which her ample assets were put up for public display by Raj Kapoor.

Alas, neither Zeenie Baby’s knockout knockers nor Mukesh’s last songs did much for Satyam Shivam Sundaram at the box office.

Here’s Zeenie Baby in her own words on Zeenat Aman:

* It was what sold. My body. All of them (the directors) did it to me, every single one of them. There was nothing I could do about it. It was part of the game. I don’t blame them. I don’t blame myself [Zeenat Aman talking about being projected as a sex symbol on the screen].

* I’ve had the basic courage and confidence to never follow convention.

* Before us, there were either the saintly heroines or the nasty vamps. Parveen Babi and I brought in shades of grey.Â

* I’ve never been part of the mainstream of hypocrisy.

* They [cameraman, film director and costume designer] created a persona that had little to do with my reality; I was projected in a glossy, superficial, posturing way.

* I may have had the body and emotions of a woman, but I’ve always had the head of a man. I’ve lived my life like a man.

* [A]ge and ageing doesn’t bother me. And if I can’t find parts I’ll go into film production, TV advertising, anything.

* As for work, I don’t really want it. I don’t need it. I’ve done it all, seen it all.

* I am a woman of substance now.

* It’s a bit unfortunate that just when one has the histrionic experience and enough glamour, there aren’t any of the older-women parts so common in western cinema.

* I want to be married. I want to give it my best shot.

Source: India Today, Volume X, Number 18 September 30, 1985 P.36-38

8 Responses to "Zeenie Baby – Oomph Girl of the 70s"

  1. shuaib68   September 22, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Was it the last resort her to find jobs that she employed her body assets as the only qualification to be sorted for movies? Which means a movie scene is just created only for the lust appeal of the movies goers to place her in a semi-nude posture?

    The main problem for the Indian cinema to get marginalised in the category of “Masala” can be due to the producers’ silly ideas of mixing all the senses of a human being into a melodrama and exploiting on that general appeal and surviving for the rest of the life of the industry.

    Now it is very difficult for them to escape from this phenomenon as the “Fans” and the Indian movie “lovers” are brainwashed and programmed to expect only the same form of entertainment. No change. When we compare them with the western audience, they look silly and childish.

    This is a period where porn and adult movies are in abundance. But, still Indian movies are giving those Rainy scenes in which the actresses dance with wet slightly revealing clothes. You find these even now. The trap is, that they cannot stop nor go beyond that set boundary and show something real.

    Pathetic thinking.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Indian movie-makers are for the most part unimaginative, shameless bozos who thrive on copying the successful Hollywood hits.

  2. gandhiji   September 22, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Zeenat was much prettier than Mallika and Rakhi.. and she had real tits. Not sure about Mallika, but Rakhi’s body reeks of silicone.

    I am eagerly waiting for the days when pretty Indian actresses will show more than just their cleavage! Not gonna happen.. the indian public is equally culpable for this nonsense.. and for the stream of mediocre movies.. it’s one damn vicious circle 🙁

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: Zeenat was much prettier than Mallika and Rakhi.. and she had real tits

    Who knows whose bazookas are God-given and whose are Cosmetic Surgeon-given.

    We’ve always wondered if it makes any difference whether they are God-given or Cosmetic Surgeon-given. Big is Big, right. 🙂

    Of course, we’d love the opportunity to conduct a series of tests to examine if there are differences but doubt we’ll ever get a chance to perform a hands-full exam oops hands-on examination.

  3. gandhiji   September 22, 2008 at 10:37 am

    not really sure if I want to put my hands on some of them.. who knows where all they have been to! 🙂

    For me real is better than big. how about you, Shuaib 🙂

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: not really sure if I want to put my hands on some of them.. who knows where all they have been to!

    We’ll take that as those unreachable grapes are sour.

  4. gandhiji   September 22, 2008 at 10:54 am

    they probably are sour..(definitely don’t want my mouth on those) and sore.

  5. shuaib68   October 13, 2008 at 4:54 am

    I happen to see this just now, sorry guys!

    Yes, exactly. I like Naturalle. Big or small a squeeze will satisfy us all.

    The other problem is Gandhiji, you won’t be able to milk it. It might send the wrong liquid. Probably rubber milk or melamine maybe!!!

    I cannot imagine the squeeze making you to feel something moving inside differently….haaa, haaa…. that can kill the mood.. isn’t it?

    Romantics with plastics!!!

  6. shuaib68   October 13, 2008 at 8:45 am

    China – Scandal
    Milk tainted with melamine!!! Maybe, those cows would have got their boobs done (C cup/ D Cup or maybe Copa Americana).

    Artificillay corrected boobs are loosing it’s lustful appeal. Men are scared.

  7. gandhiji   October 13, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Recently watched some Girls Gone Wild videos. The guy is doing a good social service. Advises real breasted girls against going for implants. so many pretty girls.. and pretty boobs!.. GGW is miles ahead of most bollywood/kollywood movies in terms of entertainment 🙂

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We’ve seen the ads for Girls Gone Wild on TV but have yet to see a full episode.

    We did a quick search on Netflix and did not find it.

  8. gandhiji   October 13, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Does netflix carry porn? GGW is actually much softer porn than some of the movies like ‘9 songs’, ‘Romance’ etc., which they do carry..

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Netflix claims not to carry porn (Although when we searched for the word porn, we got 1127 results including the Tamil film Pournami featuring that horror show Trisha!).

    From the Netflix Web site – We do not carry X-rated or mature titles.

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