Rupa’s sensuality was not the crux of the plot - Zeenat Aman on 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram' role
Zeenat Aman took to her social media account and shared a throwback picture of herself from Satyam Shivam Sundaram.
Bollywood veteran actress Zeenat Aman has recently joined Instagram. Since then, she is undoubtedly wooing her fans with some amazing nostalgic pictures and words of wisdom.
The actress also speaks her heart out and stays connected with her fans through her detailed captions. Talking of which today, the actress dropped a picture from 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram' and also addressed the accusations of obscenity which the film had faced.
Zeenat ji wrote, "This picture was taken by photographer J P Singhal during a look test for Satyam Shivam Sundaram around 1977. We shot the series at R K Studios, and my costumes were designed by Oscar winner Bhanu Athaiya. Anyone acquainted with the history of Bollywood will know that there was much controversy and brouhaha about my character Rupa in Satyam Shivam Sundaram. I was always quite amused by the accusations of obscenity as I did not and do not find anything obscene about the human body. I am a director’s actor and these looks were part of my job."
The actress stated that due of her western appearance, director Raj Kapoor was hesitant to cast her. She added, "Rupa’s sensuality was not the crux of the plot, but a part of it. As it is, the set is not even remotely a sensual space. Every move is choreographed, rehearsed and performed in front of dozens of crew members. Director Raj Kapoor (Rajji) had brought me on board the film, but was concerned about my “western” image. He was unsure whether the audience would accept me in this avatar, and so conducted this look test. Later, on the basis of this test, we shot a small reel picturised on Lata ji’s famous song ‘Jaago Mohan Pyare’ from the 1956 film Jagte Raho."
Raj Kapoor screened this particular film at RK Studios, according to Zeenat, to gauge the reaction of distributors to seeing her in the part. But following the first showing, all of the rights worldwide were sold right away.
For the unversed 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram' released in 1978 and starred Shashi Kapoor opposite Zeenat. She was nominated in the best actress category for her performance in the film.