|Shabana Azmi Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||September 18, 1950|
Shabana Azmi is an award-winning Indian actress best known for her work in commercial and art-house films like Arth (1982), Masoom (1983), Fire (1996), and Neerja (2016). She became a dominant figure in the ‘Parallel Cinema’ movement after working with directors like Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal, and Aparna Sen in the 1970s and 1980s. Shabana has more than 50k followers on Instagram and more than 3.5 million followers on Twitter.
Shabana Kaifi Azmi
Hyderabad, Hyderabad State (now Telangana), India
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Shabana studied at the Queen Mary School in Mumbai. She attended St Xavier’s College and graduated with a degree in Psychology.
She studied acting at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune and graduated in 1973.
Actress, Social Activist
- Father – Kaifi Azmi (Urdu Poet)
- Mother – Shaukat Kaifi (Stage Actress)
- Siblings – Baba Azmi (Younger Brother) (Cameraman, Cinematographer)
- Others – Tanvi Azmi (Sister-in-law) (Actress), Tabu (Niece) (Actress), Farah Naaz (Niece) (Actress)
5 ft 6 in or 167.5 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Shabana Azmi has dated –
- Uday Chandra
- Benjamin Gilani (1974) – In 1974, Shabana got engaged to actor Benjamin Gilani but they broke up soon after.
- Shekhar Kapur – Director Shekhar Kapur and the young actress dated in the late 1970s and even moved in together. However, they called it quits after 7 years.
- Boney Kapoor
- Javed Akhtar (1984-Present) – The Sholay screenwriter Javed Akhtar got married to Shabana on December 9, 1984. The couple does not have any kids together but Shabana has been involved in the lives of Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar, Javed’s kids from his first marriage to Honey Irani.
Race / Ethnicity
- Bright smile
- Sparkling eyes
- Tiny mole on her chin
Shabana has endorsed the following brands –
- Nasaka Water Purifier (2011)
Shabana Azmi Favorite Things
- Music Band – The Beatles
- Actor – Rajesh Khanna
- Cult Film – Gone With The Wind (1939)
- Character Played By Her – Amrita in the play Tumhari Amrita
- Food – Biryani
- Co-Star – Rajesh Khanna
- Poem By Javed Akhtar – Aansoo
- Book – Saare Sukhan Humare by Faiz Ahmad Faiz
- Poet – Faiz Ahmad Faiz (Pakistani)
Shabana Azmi Facts
- She decided to pursue a career in acting after watching Jaya Bhaduri’s performance in a Diploma film called Suman.
- As of 2019, she has received 5 National Film Awards for ‘Best Actress’ for her performances in Ankur (1974), Arth (1982), Khandhar (1984), Paar (1984), and Godmother (1999).
- Her acting credits include more than 150 films in languages as varied as Hindi, Bengali, and English.
- In 2000, Azmi famously shaved her head for a role in Deepa Mehta’s film Water. However, due to controversies and political pressure, the shooting was canceled soon after.
- Shabana was awarded the 4th highest civilian honor, a Padma Shri, in 1988.
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