Shabana Azmi

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Shabana Azmi
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Shabana Kaifi Azmi

(1950-09-18) 18 September 1950 (age 70)
Hyderabad, Hyderabad State (present-day Telangana), India
  • Actress
  • social activist
(m. 1984)
RelativesSee Akhtar-Azmi family
Awards Padma Bhushan (2012)
Member of Parliament
In office
27 August 1997 26 August 2003

Shabana Azmi (born 18 September 1950) is an Indian actress of film, television and theatre. The daughter of poet Kaifi Azmi and stage actress Shaukat Azmi, she is an alumna of Film and Television Institute of India of Pune. Azmi made her film debut in 1974 and soon became one of the leading actresses of Parallel cinema, a new-wave movement known for its serious content and neorealism and received government patronage during the times. [1] [2] Regarded as one of the finest actresses in India, [3] Azmi's performances in films in a variety of genres have generally earned her praise and awards, which include a record of five wins of the National Film Award for Best Actress and several international honours. [1] [4] She has also received five Filmfare Awards, and was honoured among "women in cinema" at the 30th International Film Festival of India. [5] In 1988, the Government of India awarded her with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.


Azmi has appeared in over 120 Hindi and Bengali films in both mainstream and independent cinema, and since 1988, she has acted in several foreign projects. Several of her films have been cited as a form of progressivism which portrays Indian society, its customs and traditions. In addition to acting, Azmi is a social and women's rights activist. She is married to poet and screenwriter Javed Akhtar. [6] She is a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA). In appreciation of Azmi's life and works, the President of India gave her a nominated (unelected) membership of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament. [7]

Early life and background

Azmi was born into a Saiyyid Muslim family, in Hyderabad, [8] India. Her parents are Kaifi Azmi (an Indian poet) and Shaukat Azmi (a veteran Indian People's Theatre Association stage actress), [7] both of whom were members of the Communist Party of India. Her brother, Baba Azmi, is a cinematographer, and her sister-in-law, Tanvi Azmi, is also an actress. Azmi was named at the age of eleven by Ali Sardar Jafri. Her parents used to call her Munni. Baba Azmi was named by Prof. Masood Siddiqui as Ahmer Azmi. Her parents had an active social life, and their home was always thriving with people and activities of the communist party. It was not unusual for her to wake up in the morning and find members of the communist party sleeping about, from a previous night's communist social that ran late. Early in childhood, the environment in her home inculcated into her a respect for family ties, social and human values; and her parents always supported her to develop a passion for intellectual stimulation and growth. [9] [10] [11]

Azmi attended Queen Mary School, Mumbai. She completed a graduate degree in Psychology from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, and followed it with a course in acting at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. [7] She explained the reason she decided to attend the film institute, saying: "I had the privilege of watching Jaya Bhaduri in a (Diploma) film, Suman, and I was completely enchanted by her performance because it was unlike the other performances I had seen. I really marvelled at that and said, 'My god, if by going to the Film Institute I can achieve that, that's what I want to do.'" Azmi eventually topped the list of successful candidates of 1972. [12]


"In Ankur she may not have fitted immediately into her rustic surroundings, but her poise and personality are never in doubt. In two high pitched scenes, she pulls out the stops to firmly establish herself as one of our finest dramatic actresses"

Satyajit Ray on Azmi's performance in Ankur (1975)

Azmi graduated from the FTII in 1973 and signed on to Khwaja Ahmad Abbas' Faasla and began work on Kanti Lal Rathod's Parinay as well. Her first release, however, was Shyam Benegal's directorial debut Ankur (1974). Belonging to the art-house genre of neo-realistic films, Ankur is based on a true story which occurred in Hyderabad. Azmi played Lakshmi, a married servant and villager who drifts into an affair with a college student who visits the countryside. Azmi was not the original choice for the film, and several leading actresses of that time refused to do it. The film went on to become a major critical success, and Azmi won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performances.

She went on to receive the National Film Award consecutively for three years from 1983 to 1985 for her roles in Arth , Khandhar and Paar . Godmother (1999) earned her another National Film Award, taking her tally to five.

Azmi's acting has been characterised by a real-life depiction of the roles played by her. In Mandi , she acted as a madam of a whorehouse. For this role, she put on weight and even chewed betel. Real life portrayals continued in almost all her movies. These included the role of a woman named Jamini resigned to her destiny in Khandhar and a typical urban Indian wife, homemaker and mother in Masoom .

She also acted in experimental and parallel Indian cinema. Deepa Mehta's 1996 film Fire depicts her as a lonely woman, Radha, in love with her sister-in-law. The on-screen depiction of lesbianism (perhaps the first in Indian cinema) drew severe protests and threats from many social groups as well as by the Indian authorities. Her role as Radha brought her international recognition with the Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress at the 32nd Chicago Film Festival and Jury Award for Best Actress at Outfest, Los Angeles. [7]

She was the initial choice for Deepa Mehta's Water , which was planned to hit the floors in 2000. A few scenes were already shot. Azmi had to shave her head with Nandita Das to portray the character of Shakuntala. However, due to political reasons, the film was shelved and later shot in 2005 with Seema Biswas replacing Azmi. [13]

Some of her notable films are Shyam Benegal's Nishant (1975), Junoon (1978), Susman (1978), and Antarnaad (1992); Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players) ; Mrinal Sen's Khandhar , Genesis , Ek Din Achanak ; Saeed Mirza's Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai ; Sai Paranjpye's Sparsh and Disha ; Gautam Ghose's Paar ; Aparna Sen's Picnic and Sati ; Mahesh Bhatt's Arth ; and Vinay Shukla's Godmother .

Her other films include the commercially successful Manmohan Desai's Amar Akbar Anthony and Parvarish and Prakash Mehra's Jwalamukhi . Azmi starred in Hollywood productions such as John Schlesinger's Madame Sousatzka (1988) and Roland Joffe's City of Joy (1992).

Azmi debuted on the small screen in a soap opera titled Anupama. She portrayed a modern Indian woman who, while endorsing traditional Indian ethos and values, negotiated more freedom for herself. She has participated in many stage plays: notable among them include M. S. Sathyu's Safed Kundali (1980), based on The Caucasian Chalk Circle ; and Feroz Abbas Khan's Tumhari Amrita with actor Farooq Sheikh, which ran for five years. She toured Singapore on an assignment with the Singapore Repertory Theatre Company, acting in Ingmar Bergman's adaptation of Ibsen's A Doll's House , which was directed by Rey Buono. She toured the UK, Dubai and India with British production Happy Birthday Sunita by Theatre Company RIFCO Arts in 2014.

Pointing out the differences in all these media, she once remarked that theatre was really the actor's medium; the stage was the actor's space; cinema was the director's medium; and television was a writer's medium.[ citation needed ]

Personal life

Azmi was engaged to Benjamin Gilani in late 1970s, but the engagement was called off. [14] Later, she married Javed Akhtar, a lyricist, poet and Bollywood scriptwriter, on 9 December 1984, making her a member of the Akhtar-Azmi film family. [15] It was Javed Akhtar's second marriage, the first being with Bollywood scriptwriter, Honey Irani. However Azmi's parents objected to her being involved with a married man with 2 children (Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar). [16] [17] Indian actresses Farah Naaz and Tabu are her nieces and Tanvi Azmi is her sister-in-law.

Social and political activism

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Azmi at 2006 World Economic Forum

Azmi has been a committed social activist, active in supporting child survival and fighting AIDS and injustice in real life. [18] [19] Azmi has voiced her opinion on a variety of issues. Initially, her activism drew scepticism and was dubbed by some as a publicity gimmick. However, she proved her critics wrong and used her celebrity status to emerge as a high-profile social activist.

She has participated in several plays and demonstrations denouncing communalism. In 1989, along with Swami Agnivesh and Asghar Ali Engineer, she undertook a four-day march for communal harmony from New Delhi to Meerut. Among the social groups whose causes she has advocated are slum dwellers, displaced Kashmiri Pandit migrants and victims of the earthquake at Latur (Maharashtra, India). The 1993 Mumbai riots appalled her and she emerged as a forceful critic of religious extremism. In 1995, she reflected on her life as an activist in an interview in Rungh. [20] After the 11 September 2001 attacks, she opposed the advice of the grand mufti of Jama Masjid calling upon the Muslims of India to join the people of Afghanistan in their fight by retorting that the leader go there alone. [21]

She has campaigned against ostracism of victims of AIDS. [18] A small film clip issued by the Government of India depicts an HIV positive child cuddled in her arms and saying: "She does not need your rejection, she needs your love". In a Bengali film named Meghla Akash , directed by Nargis Akter, she played the role of a physician treating AIDS patients.

She has also given her voice to an HIV/AIDS education animated software tutorial created by the nonprofit organisation TeachAIDS. [22]

Since 1989, she has been a member of the National Integration Council headed by the Prime Minister of India; a member of National AIDS Commission (of India); and was nominated (in 1997) as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament. In 1998, the United Nations Population Fund appointed her as its Goodwill Ambassador for India. [18]

In 2019 Indian general election, she actively campaigned for Kanhaiya Kumar who contested from Begusarai, Bihar for Communist Party of India (CPI). [23]


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Azmi at the success bash of Neerja

She has acted in more than one hundred Hindi films, both in the mainstream as well as in Parallel Cinema. Several of her films have received attention in the international arena and Scandinavian countries, including at the Norwegian Film Institute, the Smithsonian Institution and the American Film Institute. She has appeared in a number of foreign films, most of which have won international acclaim, including John Schlesinger's Madame Sousatzka , Nicholas Klotz's Bengali Night , Roland Joffe's City of Joy , Channel 4's Immaculate Conception , Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther , and Ismail Merchant's In Custody .

Awards and honours

Civilian award

National Awards

National Film Awards

Azmi has received the National Film Award for Best Actress five times, making her the overall most-awarded actor in the function: [7]

1975 National Film Award for Best Actress Ankur WonFirst National Award
1983 National Film Award for Best Actress Arth Won
1984 National Film Award for Best Actress Khandhar Won
1985 National Film Award for Best Actress Paar Won
1999 National Film Award for Best Actress Godmother Won

Honorary doctorate

Filmfare Awards

1975 Filmfare Best Actress Award Ankur Nominated
1978 Filmfare Best Actress Award Swami Won
1981 Filmfare Best Actress Award Thodisi Bewafaii Nominated
1984 Filmfare Best Actress Award Arth Won
1984 Filmfare Best Actress Award Masoom Nominated
1984 Filmfare Best Actress Award Avtaar Nominated
1984 Filmfare Best Actress Award Mandi Nominated
1985 Filmfare Best Actress Award Bhavna Won
1985 Filmfare Best Actress Award Sparsh Nominated
2003 Filmfare Best Villain Award Makdee Nominated
2004 Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award Tehzeeb Nominated
2006 Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award Won
2017 Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award Neerja Won

International awards

1993Best Actress award Libaas North Korea Won
1994Best Actress award Patang Taorima Arte Festival in ItalyWon
1996 Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress Fire Chicago International Film Festival Won
1996Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film Fire L.A. Outfest Won

Other awards

1975Best Actress (Hindi) Ankur Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Won
1984Best Actress (Hindi) Paar Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Won
1987Best Actress (Hindi)Ek Pal Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Won
1998 Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress Mrityudand Star Screen Awards Won
1999Best Actress (Hindi) Godmother Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Won
2003Best Supporting Actress (Hindi) Tehzeeb Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Won
2004 Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Female Tehzeeb Zee Cine Awards Won
2005Best Performance in an Indian Film in English Morning Raga Star Screen Awards Won

Other Honors and recognition

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