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Shabana Azmi Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Shabana Azmi Quick Info
Height 5 ft 6 in
Weight 75 kg
Date of Birth September 18, 1950
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Spouse Javed Akhtar

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.

Born Name

Shabana Kaifi Azmi

Nick Name


Shabana Azmi at the 2006 World Economic Forum in Davos
Shabana Azmi at the 2006 World Economic Forum in Davos (Bill William Compton / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Sun Sign


Born Place

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)
  • OthersTanvi 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 –

  1. Uday Chandra
  2. Benjamin Gilani (1974) – In 1974, Shabana got engaged to actor Benjamin Gilani but they broke up soon after.
  3. 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.
  4. Boney Kapoor
  5. Javed Akhtar (Mid-1970s-Present) – The Sholay screenwriter Javed Akhtar got married to Shabana on December 9, 1984, despite her parents against her decision to get married to Javed. They initially started going out in the mid-1970s. 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.
Shabana Azmi with husband Javed Akhtar in 2010
Shabana Azmi with husband Javed Akhtar in 2010 (Filmi Tadka / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Race / Ethnicity

Asian (Indian)

Hair Color


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Bright smile
  • Sparkling eyes
  • Tiny mole on her chin
Shabana Azmi posing with actress Parineeti Chopra at the Mother Maiden Mistress book launch
Shabana Azmi posing with actress Parineeti Chopra at the Mother Maiden Mistress book launch (Bollywood Hungama / Wikimedia / CC BY 3.0)

Brand Endorsements

Shabana has endorsed the following brands –

  • Nasaka Water Purifier (2011)
  • TeachAIDS



Shabana Azmi Favorite Things

  • Music Band The Beatles
  • Actor – Rajesh Khanna
  • Cult FilmGone 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
  • BookSaare Sukhan Humare by Faiz Ahmad Faiz
  • Poet – Faiz Ahmad Faiz (Pakistani)

Source –, IMDb, Hindustan Times,

Indian actress Shabana Azmi
Indian actress Shabana Azmi (Simon Frasier University / Wikimedia / CC BY 2.0)

Shabana Azmi Facts

  1. She decided to pursue a career in acting after watching Jaya Bhaduri’s performance in a Diploma film called Suman.
  2. 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).
  3. Her acting credits include more than 150 films in languages as varied as Hindi, Bengali, and English.
  4. 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.
  5. Shabana was awarded the 4th highest civilian honor, a Padma Shri, in 1988.
  6. In June 2021, she was cheated by an alcohol delivery scam.
  7. In February 2022, it was revealed that Shabana had been tested positive for COVID-19.
  8. During the 2024 Filmfare Awards, Shabana won the “Best Actress In A Supporting Role” award for her work in Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani.

Featured Image by Bill William Compton / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 2.0

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