When Zeenat Aman dazzled with a dress of her own design

Memory: when Zeenat Aman dazzled with a dress of her own design

Zeenat Aman shared this image. (courtesy: thezeenataman)

New Delhi:

Veteran actress Zeenat Aman lit up Instagram on Saturday with a photo of herself. The post is special for more than one reason. Why do you ask? Because the publication not only comes with the details of the date and time of the image, but also with some trivia. Zeenat Aman, in the caption of her photo, revealed that the black and white photograph was taken at the muhurat ceremony of her 1978 film with Dharmendra, Shammi Kapoor and Hollywood star Rex Harrison. Shalimar. The actress wore a “glorious silver dress” designed by herself at the event and was created by a renowned designer of the time, Mani Rabadi. Zeenat Aman further revealed that the “plunging neckline and graceful silhouette” of her dress “certainly caught the eye of some” at the “high-profile event.” In fact, to achieve the final look and obtain an “exquisite fit”, Mani Rabadi “literally sewed (the actress) into the dress.”

Zeenat Aman wrote: “Some Saturday glam to inspire your evening plans! I’ve seen this image of me floating around the internet and thought it would be nice to add some context to it. The year was 1977, and the cast and crew of Krishna Shah’s Shalimar had gathered at the Turf Club in Mumbai for the mahurat of the movie. It was a packed, high-profile event and everyone was dressed to the nines. My glorious silver dress was created by renowned costume designer Mani Rabadi based on a design of my own creation. Her plunging neckline and graceful silhouette were sure to turn heads. In fact, Mani literally sewed the dress for me to give it that exquisite fit.”

“We had several international actors present that day, including Gina Lollobrigida. She later dropped out of the production, amid rumors that we had fallen out. British actor Rex Harrison was not at the event, but he was in the film. One day on the set, he told me, ‘A beautiful girl like you should get married immediately.’ I had a good laugh about that. And for the record, I think that’s a terrible reason to get married.”

Zeenat Aman concluded her post by sharing her “thrilling” experience of filming Shalimar. She wrote, “Shalimar it didn’t quite wow the audience, but it was an exciting adventure nonetheless. We shot the movie in both English and Hindi, shooting each scene twice.”

We love every time Zeenat Aman shares old photos of herself. Her posts are gems because she also provides details on old photographs.

Zeenat Aman is known for her work in films like Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Don and Hare Rama Hare Krishnato name a few.

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