Sanjay Khan’s Autobiography Glosses Over Zeenat Aman’s Role in His Life
Sanjay Khan had had a relationship with Zeenat Aman that ended rather painfully
Actor-filmmaker Sanjay Khan’s recently-released autobiography The Best Mistakes Of My Life does a good job of portraying him as the ideal husband and father and also gives details of the tough situations he faced in his illustrious career but it glosses over an important part of his life – his affair with Zeenat Aman that ended rather sordidly. Khan, father of four grown children, and Aman were in a serious relationship from 1977 to 1980. It was during this time that Sanjay Khan turned into a director with the ambitious steeply-budgeted Abdullah, which starred him and Zeenat Aman along with Raj Kapoor. The film was shot way above budget and apparently, Zeenat put a lot of her own money into it.
It was then that the affair began to get ugly. Sanjay Khan’s no-nonsense wife Zarine threatened to walk out on the marriage. In order to prove his loyalty to his wife, Khan allegedly assaulted Zeenat and she was left on the expensive carpet of a five-star hotel. She nearly lost one of her eyes in the gruesome incident. Recalling the incident a close friend of Zeenat says, “Her eye was not the most precious loss that fateful evening. For any woman to be subjected to this public humiliation is a scar for life. Zeenat has never forgotten the ugly incident.”
Ironically Khan while releasing his sanitized autobiography gives interviews on fidelity and trust in marriage. In an interview, he’s quoted as saying, “I’ve always followed a principle: Never cross the line. Of course, there were many beautiful women who would vie for me and try to get into my orbit, but I would not senselessly cheapen myself by falling into their hands… I always thought that if I ever went and slept with another woman, what would my children and my wife say…? I may have insulted many a lady by not giving them the right attention, so I apologise for that through your columns…. The institution of marriage is being eroded and isn’t celebrated as it was in the earlier days when it was marriage till death do us part. My personal advice to all youngsters who get married would be to do their best to make it work. When we could do it in our times, why can’t you?”
Wonder what the gorgeous Zeenat has to say to that!