By Subhash K Jha
BOLLYWOOD: Zeenat Aman intends to bring in her birthday quietly on Tuesday.
Ill-health forced her to cancel her 62nd birthday plans.
Says Zeenat, “I had booked for Ranthambore with my sons. But I had to cancel because I am not too well. So I plan to spend some quiet quality-time at home.”
She was the hottest sex icon of her time. Today at 62 she is content just playing a doting mother to her two sons Azaan and Zahaan.
Says Zeenat, “I can’t help thinking about how fortunate I am to be alive and healthy. So many people I’ve known closely like Mazhar Khan, Smita Patil and Parveen Babi are no longer with us. One is just so happy and grateful for the gift of life , reasonable health, and family and friends to love.”
Looking back at her boldly beautiful career as the hottest sex symbol of her times Zeenat says, “You know, at that time one didn’t look at what was done as exploitative. In hindsight, it may seem like a commercial gambit. But when I did it, I didn’t think I was doing anything bold. I did it all with such confidence. Now as I look back I think certain scenes were a little too sensuous.”
Zeenat’s sons are not interested in her films. “They are so much into their own lives, they aren’t interested in my films, though the elder one has seen some of my films. Today my sons have their own life. But they’ve given my life a whole dimension,” she says.
Zeenat’s birthday wishes…. “Life’s so unpredictable. You never know when the next high or low will strike you. The trick is just to flow with the tides. I think a person’s true worth is measured during times of failure. It’s up to the individual to make the best of what life has dealt. I believe if life hands you lemons you make lemonade. I’m an eternal optimist. I’ve no regrets. I’ve people who love me. I’ve a wonderful life. I’m grateful for what I have.”