Zeenat Aman recalls being amused when Satyam Shivam Sundaram look was termed Obscene


Making her instagram debut, veteran actor Zeenat Aman shared a b&w image of herself in her character ‘Rupa’ from the film Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978). She wrote a long caption detailing the ‘controversy’ surrounding it and embracing her body.

Zeenat said she was preparing for the look test of Satyam Shivam Sundaram. In the picture, Zeenat is seen wearing a blouse, and sitting down with a smiling face. She wrote in the caption, “This picture was taken by photographer J P Singhal during a look test for Satyam Shivam Sundaram around 1977. We shot the series at RK Studios, and my costumes were designed by Oscar-winner Bhanu Athaiya.”

Detailing the attention her look in the film got at the time, Zeenat further wrote, “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. 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.”

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