When newspapers targeted Zeenat Aman with alarming headlines! Dainik Savera Times

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MumbaiMUMBAI: Actress Zeenat Aman, who has earned herself the title of Insta queen with her captivating Instagram posts filled with anecdotes, took a trip down memory lane on Saturday as she reflected on the culture of gossip and tabloids in Bollywood. The senior actress uploaded an old magazine cover on her Instagram, which shows that she is still weaving a controversial narrative around herself. The issue of the magazine is of the year 1979. The actress penned a long note in the caption, in which she talked about the culture of putting actors down in the olden days.

She wrote, ‘If the headlines are to be believed, in 1979 I cursed myself, in 1982 I was being elected, in 1984 I was out of sync, in 1985 I was headed for self-destruction And in 1998 I broke down. There was a time when I subscribed to glossies and tabloids, but that passed too quickly. I could not relate at all to the person they presented me as, because I knew the headlines would be appreciative one day and hostile the next.’

He blamed the tabloids for not conducting proper fact-checks on the reportage and for crossing the line of confidentiality while reporting on the stars. He further mentioned in his note: ‘There was little checking of facts, and no remorse for errors made. When they got the story right – it was usually a gross breach of confidentiality. When they got it wrong – those blatant lies would be taken as gospel.

These ‘scandals’ took their toll. It was its own form of public humiliation and I remember the anxiety, resentment and sadness that came with it. At some point my skin hardened, and the realization came that it was impossible for me to challenge the persona they wanted to create. He then recalled confronting a senior editor, whom he did not name, who showed no remorse over the false reporting.

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