By Subhash K Jha
So beautiful and so ahead of her times, Zeenat Aman who redefined the liberated unfettered modern woman of Hindi cinema of the 1970s through her no-holds-barred performances in Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Manoranjan and Dhund, has found love again.
Could this mystery man referred to in several media reports be Sarfaraz Ahmed, a Pune-based politician who also runs a real estate company?
According to sources, Sarfaraz is 24 years younger to Zeenat and has property in Bandra as well. And although Zeenat has confirmed being in a relationship, the man's identity remains unconfirmed.
A source says, `After she got divorced from Sanjay Khan and later her second husband Mazhar Khan passed away, Zeenat decided never to get married again. But they say, never say never.`
Says Zeenat, `Yes, I am in love. There is someone in my life, I won't deny it. But I am not getting married! Not right now at least. Yes, he has proposed to me. But I haven't decided to take the plunge as yet. `
Zeenat who was married to actor Mazhar Khan until his death in 1998 has two adult sons Azaan and Zahaan who she says, are the prime focus of her life. `No doubt my boys are my priority. Now there's this man. And he's serious about our relationship. He wants to get married, so I am thinking about it. `
The actress who blazed a new trail with her unabashed sensuality in Satyam Shivum Sunderam and Qurbani says her sons are happy for her.
`At the end of the day they want to see their mother happy. Both my boys have just finished their education and are undecided about what they want to do with their lives. They have many options. One of my boys has studied culinary art and is also passionate about music. I will support them in whatever they want to do as long as they're happy. `
Zeenat is also looking at returning to acting. `I've a couple of offers. Let's see how it all pans out. If it's not worth my while then no point in doing it. In recent times some of the roles that I did were not much liked by the audience. One did them because one is a single parent with a kitchen to run. `
Zeenat is proud to have given fully of herself to whatever she did. `When it was my career I was fully into it. Then when it was marriage and motherhood I gave all of myself to them. And if there's marriage again I'll be completely focussed on it. `
Zeenat agrees with me when I observe she's been unlucky in love. `It's a fact. I've my fingers crossed this time. Let's see how the relationship plays out. We're taking each day as it comes. Who knows what tomorrow holds?
A very close friend passed away last week. So one never knows what life holds in store. If at all there's marriage it would be very quiet. At my age I can't have a big fat wedding, though I feel you are as old or as young as you feel.