“Come and See What This Girl Has Done”

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To Zeenat Aman, Satyam Shivam Sun­daram( sss) rep­re­sented an op­por­tu­nity of a life­time. While producers con­tin­ued to line up out­side her door, she was tired of play­ing the glam­our girl. Anew trend for ac­tion films had be­gun, but in them, hero­ines ended up get­ting the short shrift. Al ove scene or two was the most they could hope for. Ad­di­tion­ally, even her most ar­dent fans did not dare claim that she was a good ac­tress, and her crit­ics were con­vinced she was no more than a pretty face, use­ful for fill­ing the back­ground but hardly enough to hang an en­tire film on.

Aman de­cided to win the sss role for her­self. She saw

Barsaat, Awara and other Raj Kapoor films and ar­rived at his doorstep to claim the part. By this time, Raj had de­cided to launch a search for an ac­tress, as he felt none of the cur­rent crop could do jus­tice to the role. Aman was prob­a­bly the last per­son he would have thought suit­able. The girl he had in mind had to be plain look­ing and will­ing to be made up to look scarred in the film. Aman was at­trac­tive, not a good ac­tress and spoke Hindi with an ac­cent. But she re­fused to give up. She made up for the role and burst into his cot­tage. Flab­ber­gasted, Raj rang up his wife and said, “Come and see what this girl has done.” She ar­rived with a gold coin to bless Aman, and Raj knew he had found his hero­ine.

For the male lead, he signed his brother Shashi, whom he had last di­rected when he played the young Raj in Awara and Shree420. Char­ac­ter artistes such as Leela Chitnis, David and A. K. Han­gal were added to the cast, and he was ready to shoot.

SHASHI KAPOOR (LEFT) AND ZEENATAMAN IN THE FILM

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