PIC: Zeenat Aman remembers how she wrapped Hare Rama Hare Krishna; Calls Dev Anand her ‘starmaker’

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Veteran actress Zeenat Aman recently made her Instagram debut and has been capturing hearts on the internet ever since. The actress continues to share interesting anecdotes from her illustrious career with her fans. Not only netizens, but even celebs are in awe of Zeenat’s priceless Instagram posts. On Tuesday, the legendary actress made headlines after she shared a heartwarming post to Dev Anand. She shared a black and white photo with him and wrote a long note remembering how she was cast in Hare Rama Hare Krishna.

Zeenat Aman remembers Dev Anand in a heartfelt post

In her lengthy post, Zeenat Aman revealed that her family wanted to leave India but it was Dev Anand who “persuaded” her and her family to stay. She went on to call the late actor her “starmaker.” Her message read: “When entering an industry like Bollywood, every actor hopes for a star maker. Someone who sees the glimmer of potential and ambition that until now may have been visible only to the self. Few are so lucky to find this person ., but that was me. My starmaker was Dev saab. It was 1970, and I think OP Ralhan felt quite sorry for me. He had given me a small role in Hulchul, it had made little impression, and I was already my packing to move to Malta with my mother and stepfather.”

She added, “Dev Saab and his Navketan team were at that time casting for Hare Rama Hare Krishna. In his generosity, OP Ralhan suggested they meet me. I vividly remember what I was wearing that day. fitted yellow top, a fawn colored skirt and yellow framed glasses. My mother was at the meeting (remember, I was still a teenager.) So she stood my ground, while I spoke when spoken to, and put tobacco in my pipe. The meeting ended and a few days later the landline rang. I was asked to come in for a screen test, which is how I was cast as Jasbir / Janice.”

The Satyam Shivam Sundaram actress revealed how Dev Anand convinced her family to stay in India again. He insisted they stay until the movie was released. She wrote, “Oh, but the saga doesn’t end here. My family was ready to leave the country, but Dev Saab persuaded my mother and me to postpone our travels. So instead we flew to Kathmandu, stayed in the famous Soaltee Hotel , and waited long days before I was called to start shooting! I was foaming by the time it was finally time for my scenes. The first of these was a bus sequence. I have to laugh about it now because I know I almost spit out my lines in my impatience to prove myself! In those days it took much longer to make a film from start to finish. Two or three years in fact. My mother and I were once again preparing to leave Mumbai , and yet again Dev Saab persuaded us to stay. He promised to edit quickly and bring the film to cinemas. Sure enough, the film was released, it became a huge hit and I became a star. My immigration plans became now indefinitely postponed, and Dev Saab started writing another script with me in mind…”

After sharing the post, she received a lot of comments from celebs and netizens. Anurag Kashyap commented, “Love this story… and thanks to dev saab to many people he brought into this industry, and to you.” Tanuja Chandra wrote, “Legend – Dev sab. Such a beautiful picture, filled with warmth.” Shreya Dhanwanthary wrote, “This is true. Everyone hopes that someone else can see the shimmer that we can hardly see ourselves.” Even the fans were all heart for her post.

Hare Rama Hare Krishna was released in 1971 and Zeenat played the role of a drug addict. Her song Dum Maaro Dum became iconic.

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