Born in Bombay in 1951, this model turn actress is known for her versatile roles during the 1970's and 80's. Zeenat, first South Asian woman who has won the Miss Asia Pacific 1970. Throughout her career, she was considered as a sex symbol. After she completed her studies in LA; winning the beauty pageant, Miss Asia Pacific 1970; and leading a successful career in modelling, Zeenat began her career in film in 1971 with a minor role in O.P Ralhan's Hulchul. Followed by a role with Kishore Kumar for
Hungama, the same year. Though both the films were not successful.
Then she was selected for the role of Dev Anand's sister in Hare Ram Hare Krishna, the same year and this one got her all the fame and an impression of liberal acting. Her song Dum Maro Dum by R D Burman got her a lot of praises and accolades. For this, Zeenat earned a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award and BFJA Award as Best Actress. Thereafter, her on-screen pairing was mostly with Dev Anand. And, this pair did a couple of films like Heera Panna (1973), Ishq Ishq Ishq (1974), Prem Shastra (1974), Warrant (1975), Darling Darling (1977) and Kalabaaz (1977). Her hippie looks in Yaadon ki Baaraat (1973) as the girl carrying a guitar and singing chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko. (playback singing by Asha Bhosle) loaded her with popularity.
In 2003 Zeenat won Bollywood Awards 'Award for Lifetime Achievement'- Lifetime of Glamour; Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (2006); and Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement (2008). In 2010 and 2011, Outstanding Contribution to Indian cinema" at the 11th IIFA awards and Best Contribution to Indian cinema" at the 11th IIFA awards.