At a time when Bollywood actresses were all coy on-screen, Zeenat Aman was way ahead of the time and never shied away from picking up bold roles. The unapologetic female Indian seductress ruled hearts of the men of the nation and climbed high on the ladder of professional success.
Sadly her personal life was never sort of a fairy tale! She fell for married men, threw herself into difficult relationships and even got physically abused. However there was one incident which scarred her for lifetime...
Sanjay Khan- Zeenat Aman Affair & Their Rumoured Marriage
Sanjay Khan and Zeenat Aman met on the sets of Abdullah and love blossomed between them. He was a married man with three children, she was a reigning star. Rumour has it that they married in Jaisalmer with two witnesses present, on December 30, 1978. In fact, in one of the later interviews Zeenat confessed, "Yes, I was married to Abbas (Sanjay's real name). I believed in the sanctity of my marriage. And all the time I was married to him, I have served him as a dutiful wife."
He Accused Her Of Having An Affair
Zeenat pleaded that she had given dates long ago to B R Chopra and Tony-Tito for their film shoot. But Sanjay was adamant. Apparently, he accused her of having an affair with B R Chopra and Deepak Parashar (the 'Insaf Ka Tarazu' team). She was reduced to tears and kept pleading for innocence. It was a half hour call. She later went to Chopra and took his permission to leave Lonavla for Bombay. Since everybody had heard their turbulent conversation, she did not have to explain about the urgency.
How It All Began
Zeenat left Lonavla with her hairdresser Flory. On reaching Bombay, she went straight to Sanjay's house to work out the shooting dates. He was not home and she was informed that he was at the Hotel Taj. Zeenat then went to the Taj in the night and found that he was attending a private party. The actress requested the host that she did not want to break the party but just that she wanted to speak to Sanjay for a few minutes. However the host insisted that she join the party. He threw open the door and when Zeenat entered, the atmosphere suddenly turned cold and menacing and the guests looked stunned. All conversation stopped, and Sanjay, with a glass in his hand, demanded to know why Zeenat had come there.
What Followed Next Will Shock You To The Core
Zeenat requested Sanjay if she could speak to him privately as she wished to settle her shooting dates and report back to Lonavla. Sanjay followed by Zeenat walked into the adjoining room and it was there he let lose his animal wrath. He did not give Zeenat a second to speak. Instead he abused and accused her with several allegations of having multiple affairs and relationships. And what apparently followed was one of the most brutal bash-ups any hotel staff could have witnessed.
Sanjay hit her and she fell. He lifted her and hit her again and again. One could only hear her wails. Flory fight her way through the barrier of guests and entered the adjoining room. However Sanjay paid no heed to her and continued assaulting Zeenat.
Finally a steward helped Zeenat out of the door. Her face was swollen, her hair was a mess and her nose was streaming with blood. Strangely, not a single guest present at the party, intervened or tried to help her. She was escorted to her car through the lobby with blood and tears streaming down her face.
Zeenat Was In Extreme State Of Shock
Zeenat was in bed for eight days after this gory incident. She was in extreme state of shock and had to be injected with anti-depressants three days a day.
Her Doctor's Startling Relevation
Her family physician Dr. A Massa was quoted saying to Cineblitz, "Zeenat was in a terrible state. Her face was covered with blood, bruises and black eyes. There were blood clots in her eyes and her lips were severely cut. But more than the physical harm is the shock that she has suffered."
Then Why Didn't She Lodge A Police Complaint Against Sanjay
Shockingly, Zeenat did not lodge any police complaint because she was still in love with Sanjay and was willing to forgive him. She tried her best to protect him saying that he did not bash her up but then her face was proof enough. Apparently, her friends, colleagues, producer, directors had warned her from this relationship. Zeenat was professionally in top form those days. They would say that Sanjay wanted her only till 'Abdullah' was completed. However, Zeenat felt people were just condemning Sanjay because careerwise he was on a low.
In fact once she even lashed out in an interview saying, "I love this man. Don't you understand? I will back his every move and I will make him a king one day."
It is said that 'Love is blind'. However this could not be a justification for being a silent sufferer in a relationship and allow the other person to harm you.
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