Sunday, August 12, 2012


Shabana Azmi is a highly talented actress well acclaimed for her manifestation of characters sagaciously perfect as if real.She will always transform herself as   the  character and portrays it with conspicuous mannerisms best suited so that the audience will be delighted to watch  her performance.Her dedication to the career is wonderful such that she is not bothered about the stardom or image but accepts juicy characters with some stuff to act which she loves to take as a challenge.No wonder she got National Award as Best Actress continuously in the years 1982,83 and 84.Altogether she got National award as Best Actress five times.
Shabana Azmi was born on 18 Sept 1950 in Hyderabad to parents Kaifi Azmi and Shoukat Azmi.Her father father earned reputation as a Poet and mother  a 
Veteran Indian People's Theatre Association Stage Actress.Both of them were 
members of Communist Party of India.
Shabana Azmi had her Schooling at Bombay and graduated in Psychology from 
St.Xavier's College Bombay.Since she loved acting career so much she joined 
Film and Television Institute of India(FTII)  at Pune and graduated from the Institute in 1973.She was signed in some films at that time but the first film released was Shyam Benegal's 'Ankur' in 1974.It was the directorial debut of Shyam Benegal.Shabana Azmi got National Award as Best Actress for this film, thereby she got much publicity and appreciation.
During 70's and 80's several intellectual directors were making realistic films 

as parallel cinema and in such neo-realistic films Smita Patil and Shabana Azmi had appeared in several unforgettable roles.She used to act in mainstream films also .
'Nishant' was another film directed by Shyam Benegal in 1975 with Shabana Azmi and Girish Karnad in lead roles.Amrish Puri,Smita Patil and Naseerudin Shah were also in the cast.
Shyam Benegal's 'Junoon' of 1978 was also highly acclaimed.It was produced
by Shashi Kapoor and he handled the hero role.The film earned several Filmfare awards and National Award as Best Feature film in Hindi, and Awards for Best Cinematography and Audiography.
'Swamy' was a popular film of 77 which was directed  by Basu Chateerjee.Shabana,Vikram and Girish Karnad were in main roles.
'Namkeen' of 82 was a  nice film of Gulzar in which Sanjeev Kumar,Sharmila Tagore,Wahida Rehman,Shabana Azmi etc acted.Shabana Azmi portrayed as an intellectual but mute girl in this film.
'Masoom' of 83 was directorial debut of Shekhar Kapoor.It's screenplay was by Gulzar.The film won several Filmfare awards.Naseerudin Shah got Best Actor award by Filmfare for this film.Gulzar received award for Best Lyricist.

'Amardeep' was a successful film of 1979 produced by K.Balajee and directed by R.Krishnamurthy.It was one of the Best films of Rajesh Khanna and Shabana Azmi as the pair.In many films they have appeared together as pair.
'Khamosh' was a thriller film directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra in 85 in which Shabana Azmi,Naseerudin Shah and Amol Palekar were in Prime roles.
'Susman' of 87 and 'Antarnaad' of 91 were nice films directed by Shyam Benegal.
'Arth' was directed by Mahesh Bhatt in 82, 'Khandhar' was directed by Mrinal Sen in 83 and 'Paar' was a film directed by Goutam Ghosa in 84 for  which Shabana Azmi got National Award as Best Actress.
The film 'God Mother' of 1999 earned her Best Actress  National Award for the fifth time.This film earned her husband 'Javed Akhtar' National Award as Best Lyricist.Her husband Javed Akhtar is a poet,Lyricist,script writer and film producer.
Shabana Azmi has acted in Hollywood Productions also such as 'Madame Sousatzka' and 'City of Joy'.She earned accolades and International recognition by acting in the film 'Fire' in 96 directed by Deepa Mehta.
Shabana Azmi  has acted in TV Serial and acted on stages also.She is a well known social worker.
She is recipient of several National and International Awards.From 1997 she served as nominated member of 'Rajya Sabha'.(Upper Parliament).
She was given Padma Shri in 1988.She got Gandhi Int'l peace Award in 2006.
She got 'Padma Bhushan' Award  from Government of India in 2012.
Selected Filmography
Shatranj Ke Khiladi
Ek Hi Phool
Amar Akbar Antony
Hira aur Pathar
Adha Din Adhi Raat
Amar Deep
Ram Tera Desh
Ram Tere Kitna Naam
Rahi Badal Gaya
Son of the Pink Panther 
FireMorning Raga
Side Streets Earth
In custody
City of Joy
God Mother
Park Avenue
Umrao Jaan
Honeymoon travels pvtLtd.
It's a wonderful Afterlife

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