Shabana Azmi

18 September 1950 | Virgo

Actress

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi

The National Award winner actress is known for her roles in thought-provoking films and parallel cinema. Azmi is also a social activist and advocates women's empowerment and girl child rights among other issues.

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Filmography

19 February 2016Neerja
Rama Bhanot

9 October 2015Jazbaa
Mother of rape victim

6 September 1996Fire
Radha

10 September 1994Patang
Jitni

21 February 1992Adharm
Mamta Verma

1990Disha
Hansa P. Sarpat

10 October 1984Bhavna
Bhavna Saxena

6 June 1984Lorie
Geeta Malhotra

3 December 1982Arth
Pooja

13 November 1981Shama
Shama Y. Khan

9 October 1981Ek Hi Bhool
Meenakshi Verma (Guest Appearance)

30 January 1980Sparsh
Kavita

1978Atithee
Leela M. Kumar / Julie

1977Karm
Neelam Kumar

1977Swami
Saudamini 'Mini'

1 January 1970Saaz
Bansidhar (Bansi) Vrundavan

Biography

The National Award winner actress is known for her roles in thought-provoking films and parallel cinema. Azmi is also a social activist and advocates women's empowerment and girl child rights among other issues. Shabana Azmi was born in Hyderabad, to poet Kaifi Azmi and stage actress Shaukat Azmi. Azmi completed her schooling from Queen Mary School, Mumbai. She is a Psychology graduate from St. Xavier’s College and is an alumnus of Pune’s Film and Television Institute of India. She shot to fame as a leading actress of Parallel Cinema’s new wave movement in the 70s. Shabana Azmi began her career in 1974 with Shyam Benegal’s Ankur, a romance drama set in the Indian countryside. The film went on to become a major critical success, and Azmi won the National Film Award for Best Actress. This was followed by a string of hit films that established her presence in both mainstream and parallel cinema. She went on to receive the National Film Award consecutively for three years from 1983 to 1985 for her roles in movies, Arth (1983), Khandhar (1983), and Paar (1985). The 1999 film Godmother earned her another National Film Award, taking her tally to five. Her other critically acclaimed films are Fire (1996), Earth (1998), and Makdee (2002). Her films often expose the problems in the Indian society, its customs and traditions, thereby securing the appreciation of international audiences and Indian intellectuals of a left wing persuasion. She has received the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India. She has also appeared in a number of foreign films, most of which have won international acclaim. In addition to films, Azmi is a social and women's rights activist. A champion of liberalism and modernity, she has advocated various stark social issues. She is a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) which seeks to spread awareness about contraception in India in order to limit the country's population. In appreciation of Azmi's life and works, the Congress party's government gave her a nominated membership of the Rajya Sabha. She is married to Indian poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar. She is the aunt of actress Tabu, and step-mother of Bollywood personalities Farhan and Zoya Akhtar. Her brother Baba Azmi is a cinematographer and she is the sister-in-law of actress Tanvi Azmi. Shabana also appeared in the critically acclaimed and commercially successful TV series, 24 (2013) and her latest projects include roles in Kalpvriksh (2015) and Aishwarya Rai’s comeback film, Jazbaa (2015).

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