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When Zeenat Aman became the first Indian to win Miss Asia Pacific title at 19. Watch rare video, see pics

We all know Zeenat Aman as probably the most glamorous Bollywood actor who went on to rule via the Nineteen Seventies. However, little do her followers know that Zeenat wasn’t a baby actor like lots of her contemporaries however forayed into appearing after profitable the Miss Asia Pacific International pageant on the age of 19. She was the primary Indian to win the title years earlier than Tara Forseca gained the title in 1973 and Dia Mirza gained it in 2000. (Also Read | I used to be smoking a pipe, carrying a skirt : Zeenat Aman on bagging first movie with Dev Anand)

Zeenat got here second within the Femina Miss India pageant and was given the title of ‘First Princess’. She went on to contest within the Miss Asia Pacific International occasion in Philippines and gained. Looking beautiful in a yellow swimsuit, Zeenat sported a bindi on her brow as she went on to put on the crown and the purple cape.

She recalled her pageant days final yr when Harnaaz Sandhu gained the Miss Universe pageant 2021. “I not solely gained Miss India and Miss Asia Pacific in 1970, however I used to be additionally topped Miss Photogenic. I bear in mind doing my very own make-up and hair, and choosing my very own costumes. In these days, we didn’t have such assist methods. We simply put our greatest foot ahead. I’m glad that the ladies now have an awesome workforce working with them,” she informed Times of India in an interview.

After the win, Zeenat bagged a number of movie presents and made her movie debut with none apart from Dev Anand. Titled The Evil Within, the Indo-Filipino movie was directed by Lamberto V. Avellana. This was adopted by her first Hindi movie – Hungama starring Kishore Kumar and Vinod Khanna in 1971. She did not wait lengthy to make it massive in Bollywood and had her breakthrough position in one other Dev Anand movie, Hare Rama Hare Krishna the identical yr.

Zeenat additionally had a small join with the movie trade. She was the daughter of Amanullah Khan, pen title ‘Aman’, who was one of many screenwriters of the epic Mughal-e-Azam.



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