SHABANA AZMI

  • 'Junoon' inspired me to be a filmmaker: Imtiaz Ali Yesterday

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali Monday said Shyam Benegal's critically acclaimed film 'Junoon' inspired him to be a director. "'Junoon' has inspired me to be a filmmaker...It's a kind of a film which has helped me as a filmmaker. This is one of my favourite films and actors have done a great...
  • Fifty years ago, Javed Akhtar slept on the streets for days; had only talent and determination: Shabana Azmi October 4, 2014

    Mumbai: As noted lyricist, poet, screenwriter Javed Akhtar clocked 50 years in the film industry today, his wife veteran actress Shabana Azmi says she looks at his incredible journey with respect. Akhtar, 69, arrived in Mumbai in 1964. He struggled to get work in the film industry and finally got his...
  • Of all the things I do, acting is what I enjoy the most: Shabana Azmi September 19, 2014

    Mumbai: Known for her realistic portrayal of characters on the screen, seasoned actress Shabana Azmi says and actor can enrich the character they play by drawing upon all the depth of their own experience. When asked who are the people who have most influenced your thought processes and your over all...
  • People were horrified when I celebrated my 50th birthday; 'Don't announce your age', I was advised, recalls Shabana Azmi September 18, 2014

    Mumbai: Actress and social activist Shabana Azmi, who turned 64 on Thursday, would coincidentally spend the day rehearsing for her play "Happy Birthday Sunita". She adds that age is no bar for her as she has embraced life at all stages and advises everyone to do the same. Excerpts: Q. You have...
  • Shabana Azmi starts work on a short film on domestic violence August 31, 2014

    Mumbai: Veteran actress and social activist Shabana Azmi, who often raises her voice on gender issues, Saturday began work on a short film on domestic violence. "First day of filming for #Nasheed Faruqis short film#OUTSIDE on domestic violence. Looking 4ward 2 b directed by a girl I've seen as a child,"...
  • Shabana Azmi misses Farooque Sheikh on Eid July 29, 2014

    Mumbai: As everyone is celebrating Eid on Tuesday, veteran actress Shabana Azmi says she is missing her costar and friend Farooque Sheikh, who died last year. The two acted in movies like 'Anjuman' and 'Lorie'. "Missing Farooque. Every Eid we used to have a fierce competition ki sheer qorma kiske ghar ka...
  • Shabana Azmi defends Ananthamurthy, says Modi must control fringe mobs May 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Noted Kannada literary personality and Jnanpith awardee UR Ananthamurthy has found a voice of support in veteran actress Shabana Azmi after he was targeted by the supporters of Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi. The actress said that the PMelect must control the fringe groups who threaten and abuse. Defending...
  • Violence against women should not be tolerated: Shabana Azmi April 26, 2014

    Tampa Bay: Noted actress Shabana Azmi feels violence against women should not be tolerated. The 63yearold actress, who is associated with her NGO Mijwan that supports the girl child, participated in a session titled 'Girl Rising Project' at the ongoing International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) here. "I feel sad...
  • Had made prior commitment to IIFA, say Bollywood actors on missing voting April 25, 2014

    Tampa Bay: Bollywood celebrities like Anil Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, and Javed Akhtar, present on the second day of the ongoing IIFA awards and skipping voting - scheduled on the same date in Mumbai - regretted not exercising their franchise but said they had committed to the show six months back...
  • Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif invited to a cultural event in Lahore March 30, 2014

    Karachi: Actor Amitabh Bachchan and actress Katrina Kaif have been invited for the annual Literary and Cultural Conference to be held in Lahore, organisers said. According to a report in Dawn newspaper, Bachchan, 71, and Kaif are among the many foreign dignitaries, who may attend the event organised by the Lahore Arts...
  • Happy Holi! Hrithik Roshan, Madhuri Dixit, Amitabh Bachchan wish fans on Twitter March 17, 2014

    As the neighbourhood gets ready to splash the Holi colours, Bollywood celebrities take time out to wish their fans a happy Holi. While actor Hrithik Roshan says that best colours to apply today are that of "laughter and love", Dhanush reminisces about the Holi scenes from his debut Hindi film, 'Raanjhanaa'. Read...
  • Javed and I are moved by Alia Bhatt's performance in 'Highway': Shabana Azmi February 27, 2014

    Mumbai: Immediately after seeing her performance in Imtiaz Ali's 'Highway' Shabana Azmi rushed to the Bhatts' residence to congratulate the parents and their daughter Alia for the 20-year-old's extraordinary performance. The multiple National award winning actress, acknowledged by many cineastes as among India's finest, sees Alia as the true inheritor of...
  • Highway: Alia Bhatt took me completely by surprise, says Shabana Azmi February 27, 2014

    Mumbai: Immediately after seeing her performance in Imtiaz Ali's 'Highway' Shabana Azmi rushed to the Bhatts' residence to congratulate the parents and their daughter Alia for the 20-year-old's extraordinary performance. The multiple National award winning actress, acknowledged by many cineastes as among India's finest, sees Alia as the true inheritor of...
  • Shabana Azmi wants to work in a Pakistani film February 10, 2014

    Karachi: Veteran Indian actress Shabana Azmi says she would definitely think about working in a Pakistani film if a good script came her way. The 63yearold actress is in the city to attend the ongoing Sindh Festival on a special invite from Bilawal Bhutto, the Chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples...
  • Naseer is entitled to his opinion on 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag': Farhan January 22, 2014

    Mumbai: Farhan Akhtar, who played the lead role in 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' has declined to get into the debate about Naseeruddin Shah's comment about the film being fake, saying that the veteran actor is entitled to his own opinion. "It is his opinion and he is entitled to his opinion....
  • Bollywood mourns the death of 'full of life' Sunanda Pushkar January 18, 2014

    Mumbai: Bollywood celebrities like Asha Bhosle, Sridevi and Shabana Azmi have expressed shock and grief at the 'sudden' and 'unfortunate' demise of Indian Minister of State for Human Resources Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar. They remember her as an exuberant person with a zest for life. Sunanda, who was active in...
  • Popularity no indication of a good film: Shyam Benegal January 10, 2014

    Mumbai: Towering box office collections are not the right parameter to declare that a movie is good, says filmmaker Shyam Benegal, known for his masterpieces like 'Ankur' and 'Mandi'. "Popularity does not indicate that a film is good. It just shows that it is popular. It does not indicate anything else,"...
  • Farhan was outstanding in 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag': Shabana reacts to Naseer's 'fake' comment January 8, 2014

    Mumbai: Reacting to Naseeruddin Shah's criticism of Farhan Akhtar's performance in 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' (BMB) calling it 'fake', actress Shabana Azmi and Prasoon Joshi, writer of the film, said the veteran actor is entitled to his opinion but they feel that Farhan was outstanding in the biopic. Shabana, who is Farhan's...
  • Shabana distraught over news of Farooq's death December 28, 2013

    Mumbai: Actress Shabana Azmi, Farooque Sheikh's costar for 21 years in the popular play 'Tumari Amrita' who had also worked with the actor in several films, is devastated with the news of his sudden death. One of Indian cinema's finest actors, Farooque was on a holiday with his wife and two...
  • Can't believe Farooq is gone so suddenly: Shabana Azmi December 28, 2013

    Mumbai: Actress Shabana Azmi, Farooque Sheikh's costar for 21 years in the popular play 'Tumari Amrita' who had also worked with the actor in several films, is devastated with the news of his sudden death. One of Indian cinema's finest actors, Farooque was on a holiday with his wife and two...
  • Amitabh Bachchan was called unconventional: Naseeruddin Shah December 23, 2013

    Mumbai: Naseeruddin Shah is undoubtedly one of the best performers on the Indian screen. Despite his atypical looks, he managed to make a mark for himself in both parallel and commercial films, but gives credit to Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan for paving the way for unconventional looking heroes in the...