Shabana Azmi, born on September 18, 1950, is an eminent Indian actress of film, television, and theater. With a career spanning over four decades, she has established herself as one of India’s most acclaimed actresses, known for her powerful performances and versatility in portraying unconventional female characters. Azmi’s acting repertoire includes over 160 films, primarily in independent and parallel cinema, as well as mainstream and international projects.
Her cinematic journey began with the critically acclaimed film “Ankur” (1974), directed by Shyam Benegal. This marked the beginning of her illustrious career, and she quickly became a prominent figure in the parallel cinema movement. Azmi’s acting prowess earned her numerous awards, including a record five National Film Awards for Best Actress and several Filmfare Awards.
Beyond her on-screen brilliance, Shabana Azmi is also known for her social and women’s rights activism. She actively supports various social causes, advocates for communal harmony, fights against AIDS-related stigma, and champions the rights of marginalized communities. Her activism has earned her recognition and appointments to various national and international organizations.
Azmi is married to renowned poet and screenwriter Javed Akhtar. Her commitment to her craft, her fearless portrayals of complex characters, and her tireless efforts for social change make her an inspiration to many. She remains a luminary in the world of Indian cinema and an icon of talent and social activism.
Meet Shabana Azmi on Saturday, 12 August, at 5:00 PM, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, National Gallery of Victoria as part of IFFM Chats and later on Sunday, 13 August, at 7:00 PM, HOYTS Docklands as part of IFFM Opening Night.
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