- Birthday18 September, 1950
- Fun Trivia:Shabana Azmi is a great social activist and has been actively involved in fighting AIDS and took up issues like communalism. She has also participated in demonstrations and marches for advocating communal harmony. Initially, her social work was considered to be a publicity gimmick, but she proved everyone wrong with her relentless work.
- Famous Quote:We are all victims of a patriarchal mindset that privileges the boy over the girl. The solution is the mindset transformation. You can get laws in place, but for laws to be internalised, for mindsets to change.
Shabana Azmi belongs to an illustrious family with Kaifi Azmi (a renowned Indian poet) being her father and Shaukat Azmi (a well-known stage actress) being her mother. She completed her graduation in Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and later took up a course in acting at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. Her debut film was Shyam Benegal’s Ankur (1972), which won the national award. Shabana Azmi has always experimented with parallel Indian cinema and has acted in the controversial Deepa Mehta’s 1996 film Fire that depicted her as a lonely woman, Radha, who was in love with her sister-in-law. This role gave her international recognition with the Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress at the 32nd Chicago Film Festival and Jury Award for Best Actress at Outfest, Los Angeles. She is married to Javed Akhtar, a renowned lyricist, poet and Bollywood scriptwriter on 9 December 1984.