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Shabana Azmi

Name Shabana Azmi
Profession Actress, Social activist
Date of Birth September 18, 1950
Place of Birth  Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
Religion Muslim
Education St.Xavier's College, Mumbai - Degree in Psychology
Acting Course in the Film and Television Institute of India
Family Father: Kaifi Azmi
Mother: Shaukat Kaifi
Baba Azmi
Husband: Javed Aktar
Marriage date December 9, 1984
Rajya Sabha MP   from 1997 - 2003
International films  * John  Schlesinger's 'Madame Sousatzka' along with Shirley Mc'laine
* Nicholas Klotz's 'The Bengali Night' along with John Hurt and Hugh Grant
* Roland Joffe's 'City of Joy' with Patrick Swayze
* 'Immaculate Conception' with James Wilby
* 'The Son of Pink Panther' by Blake Edward 
*  Ismail Merchant's 'In Custody'
Satyajit Ray "Shabana Azmi in her very first film, "Ankur", firmly establishes herself as the finest dramatic actress of the country."
First film  Booked: 'Faasla'
Shot: 'Parinay'
Released: 'Ankur'
Small screen debut Anupama
Notable stage plays * M. S. Sathyu’s Safed Kundali 
* Farouque Shaikh’s Tumhari Amrita
* Ingram Bergman’s adoption named Ibsen’s Doll House
* Waiting Room produced by National Theatre London 
Controversial films  * Fire
* Water
Her definition of an actor "A good actor should be able to prefix the words, "If I were…" to any one of a range of characters (a prostitute, Mother Teresa, Queen Elizabeth) and be able to play each equally well"
Admires Vanessa Redgrave, Aparna Sen
Doctorates * Doctorate by the University of Leeds
* Doctorate from the Jadhavpur University
Good will Ambassador She has been appointed the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador on Population And Development.
Her valuable award Gandhi International Peace Prize for her work in Mumbai slums   
About Veil (Purdah)  "The Quran speaks about women wearing clothes to cover her modesty. A woman is supposed to cover herself to be modest. She does not need to cover her face. A time has come for a debate on the issue"
About Triple talaq  "I have on record spoken out against triple talaq being unIslamic and leading to the oppression of Muslim women"
Range of roles Battered wife, Jilted wife, Lesbian, Godmother, Vamp, madam of a whorehouse, typical urban Indian wife, conniving second wife, prostitute 
Fatwa Earned the wrath of the mullahs in Hyderabad because she tonsured her head for her role in the controversial film, Water.
Cross border cinema She feels India-Pakistan co-production will be beneficial to both the countries
On Censorship "We should accept the American system where filmmakers self regulate by either making voluntary cuts or insist on no cuts but ask for a XX rating or whatever and accept that it is meant for a restricted audience" 
To win an Oscar "Indian films have to cut down the length first and foremost"
Imam Bukhari "When he said all Indian Muslims should join the jihad in Afghanistan and I said to him on live TV that I would arrange for him to be dropped to Kandahar, his problem will be solved and so will ours" - For this statement she received a lot of emails from Muslims for standing up to him.
Hobbies Reading and music
Important Post Was the Chairperson of Children's Film Society, 1992-94
Konkana Sen According to her promising actress of the future.
Awards 2007 - Honorary Doctorate  by the Leeds Metropolitan University in 
2006 - Gandhi International Peace Prize; Crystal Award at the Annual  
          Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
2005 - Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
2002 - Michigan University conferred (in 2002) on her the Martin Luther 
          King Professorship award
1999 - National Film Award for Best Actress, Godmother
1998 - Padma Shri from the Government of India
1997 - nominated (in 1997) as a member of the Rajya Sabha
1994 - Rajiv Gandhi Award
1985 - National Film Award for Best Actress, Paar
1984 - National Film Award for Best Actress, Kandhar; Filmfare Best 
          Actress Award, Bhavna
1983 - National Film Award for Best Actress; Filmfare Best Actress
          Award   for the film  Arth
1977 - Filmfare Best Actress Award, Swami
1975 - National Film Award for Best Actress, Ankur
Facts  * She topped her class when she passed out  Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune in 1972

* In 1989, along with Swami Agnivesh and Asghar Ali Engineer, she undertook a four day march for communal harmony from New Delhi to Meerut.

* She has addressed several universities in U.S.A. - such as Columbia, Berkeley, UC Irvine, MIT Boston, Wellesley Boston, Ann Arbour, Brynmore, University of Chicago, University of London, on the need to relate communal harmony to issues of social justice.

Was chosen by TIME Magazine as 1 of 25 Asian heroes and the only woman amongst 4 Indians who has made a difference.

* She has been awarded D.Litt. by the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkatta.

* Post-Sept. 11, Azmi was among the first in the country to publicly criticize militant Islam

Played the the part of Khanam in Umrao Jaan - the part played by her  mother Shaukat Kaifi  in the earlier version.

Shabana's father, Kaifi Azmi, was the founder member of the Progressive Writers' Association, and mother Shaukat was an actress with IPTA and Prithvi theatre.

* She is on the Advisory Council of the Endowment campaign for Chair in Indian Studies, Columbia University.

Raised funds for displaced Kashmiri migrants and the victims of Latur earthquake with the extensive tour of her play "Tumhari Amrita"

* Was one of sixteen women to whom tributes were paid in July 1989 by President Mitterand of France on the bicentenary celebrations of International Human Rights

Chairperson of the Jury Montreal and Cairo International Film Festivals.

* Is interested in writing a book but sometime in the future.
Regrets Not learning to cook and play the piano
Address No. 702, Sagar Samrat, 
Green Field, PO Juhu, 
Mumbai. 400049
Tel. - {022} 26200066
Email address shabana@sansad.nic.in/shabana@vsnl.com
Quote "I am a daughter, a wife, a mother, a woman, an actress, an Indian and a Muslim"

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Compiled by: PS

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