One of the cutest songs on the brother-sister relationship is ‘Phoolon Ka Taron Ka Sabka Kehna Hai’. ‘Dum Maro Dum’ became the anthem of hippie culture in Hindi cinema. Such a female character who made the heroine of Hindi films cool and stylish and Zeenat Aman played it. Cinema legend Dev Anand gave these three amazing things to the Hindi film industry from a single film.
Dev Saheb’s ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ was released in theaters in 1971, so many people in theaters fell in love with its songs forever. But many people were also unhappy with the fact that they showed such a heroine on the screen, whose fashion, style and tone are all western. On top of that she remains intoxicated. But Zeenat Aman, who played this role, became so popular that in the coming years she became the leading actress of the industry. It is said that the character was the first thing from where Dev Anand started the idea of the film ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’.
The character of Janice was created after seeing the real girl
Zeenat Aman played the role of Janice, it is said that her idea came from seeing a hippie girl smoking cigarette in real life. It is told in stories that Dev Anand had reached Kathmandu in Nepal for his film ‘Prem Pujari’. Where he saw a hippie girl, who was among foreigners, but did not look like a foreigner at all.
When Dev sahib met this girl, he came to know that her real name is Jasbir, but people know her by the name of Janice. It is told that the girl actually came there after running away from her house, so she used to hide her identity. Just from here, Dev sahib got the story for his next film and decided that this character would become the central character of his film.
This film was named ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’. But the next big difficulty was that who would agree to play such a bold and western character in the 70s. Above all, Dev Saheb needed such an actress in the role of Janice, who looks Indian, but is Western in her way of life.
Actresses were not ready to become Dev Anand’s sister
Playing the character of Janice in ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ was certainly a challenge. On one hand, after playing this western and bold role, bad reaction could have been received from the public. On the other hand, the biggest tension was that Dev Anand’s sister had to be on screen. In the film industry running on traditional thinking, this directly meant that then such characters would be offered to the actress.
It is said that Dev Saheb first offered this character to Mumtaz. But instead of playing Prashant’s (Dev Anand) sister, she showed interest in playing his love interest Shanti. People kept telling her that the story is of a brother and sister and Janice’s role is bigger, but Mumtaz did not agree.
After Mumtaz, this role was offered to Zahida, who was also known as Dev Anand’s discovery. But it is said that she too did not find it a good idea to play the role of Hero’s sister at the beginning of her career. Caught in this round of casting, Dev Saheb went to a party where he saw Zeenat Aman. In a later interview, Zeenat told that she wore boots with a mini skirt and was smoking in the party. Seeing his attitude, Dev Saheb felt that he had found his genius.
Zeenat told that her Hindi was also very bad, so Dev Anand took her screen test in English only. After the film was finalized, Zeenat worked on her Hindi and shot the film. Even before ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’, Zeenat had worked in three films, but Janice’s character launched her in a way. The song ‘Dum Maro Dum’ became the identity of Zeenat and the pace that her career picked up from here, remained strong for 15 years.