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Shabana Azmi is a Actor and Playback Singer Indian born on 18 september 1950 at Azamgarh (Inde)

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi
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Birth name Shabana Kaifi Azmi
Nationality Inde
Birth 18 september 1950 (73 years) at Azamgarh (Inde)
Awards Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Filmfare Awards

Shabana Azmi (born 18 September 1950) is an Indian actress of film, television and theatre. An alumna of the Film and Television Institute of India of Pune, she made her film debut in 1974 and soon became one of the leading actresses of Parallel Cinema, a Bengali new-wave movement known for its serious content and neo-realism and received government patronage during the times. Regarded as one of the finest actresses in India, Azmi's performances in films in a variety of genres have generally earned her praise and awards, which include a record of five wins of the National Film Award for Best Actress and several international honours. She has also received four Filmfare Awards.

Azmi has appeared in over 120 Hindi and Bengali films in both mainstream and independent cinema, and since 1988 she has acted in several foreign projects. Numerous of her films have been cited as a form of progressivism which portrays Indian society, its customs and traditions. In addition to acting, Azmi is a social and women's rights activist. She is the wife of poet and screenwriter Javed Akhtar. She is a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) which seeks to spread contraception and abortion in India in order to limit that country's population. In appreciation of Azmi's life and works, the Congress party's government gave her a nominated (unelected) membership of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament.


Azmi married Javed Akhtar, a lyricist, poet and Bollywood scriptwriter on 9 December 1984, making her a member of the Akhtar-Azmi film family. It was Akhtar’s second marriage, the first being with Bollywood scriptwriter, Honey Irani. However Shabana's parents objected her to being involved with a very much married man with 2 children (Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar). Indian actresses Farah Naaz and Tabu are her nieces and Tanvi Azmi is her sister-in-law.

Best films

City of Joy (1992)

Usually with

Om Puri
Om Puri
(14 films)
Shyam Benegal
Shyam Benegal
(9 films)
Bappi Lahiri
Bappi Lahiri
(13 films)
Goutam Ghose
Goutam Ghose
(2 films)
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Filmography of Shabana Azmi (128 films)

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The Wishing Tree
Genres Drama, Fantasy
Actors Shabana Azmi, Shernaz Patel
Roles The Gypsy Woman
Rating57% 2.868932.868932.868932.868932.86893
Cinq enfants vivant aux abords d'une forêt joignent leurs forces pour sauver un arbre magique menacé d'abattage et trouver le chemin du bonheur.
The Wishing Tree, 1h30
Genres Drama, Fantasy
Actors Shabana Azmi, Makarand Deshpande, Rajit Kapur, Saurabh Shukla, Manmeet Singh, Jaya Bhattacharya
Roles The Gypsy Woman
Rating57% 2.868932.868932.868932.868932.86893
The films story revolves around five children (Sean, Nikita, Guriqbal Singh, Fatima Khanam and Dhanua) in a hill-station. Each child has some problem which he or she is battling. Nikita has a mysterious old friend, a Gypsy woman (Shabana Azmi), who tells her of a magical tale of the Kalpvriksh tree (the wish fulfilling trees) that have existed through thousands of years.
Signature Move, 1h20
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Shabana Azmi
Roles Parveen
Rating56% 2.849672.849672.849672.849672.84967
Zaynab, une Pakistanaise dans la trentaine, musulmane et lesbienne, vit à Chicago et prend soin de sa douce mère Parveen.
Neerja (2016)

Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography
Themes Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Films about hijackings
Actors Sonam Kapoor, Vishal–Shekhar, Shabana Azmi, Yogendra Tiku, Kavi Shastri
Roles Rama Bhanot
Rating75% 3.7980853.7980853.7980853.7980853.798085
Neerja Bhanot is based on the life of Neerja Bhanot who was shot dead by terrorists who hijacked the Mumbai-New York flight at Karachi on 5 September 1986.
Neerja (2016)
, 2h2
Origin Inde
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Musical films, Dans un avion, Bollywood, Disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents, Films about hijackings
Actors Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Yogendra Tiku, Kavi Shastri
Roles Rama Bhanot
Rating75% 3.798183.798183.798183.798183.79818
L'histoire vraie de l'hôtesse de l'air de 22 ans, Neerja Bhanot (Sonam Kapoor), tuée à Karachi en 1986, lors du détournement du vol 73 Pan Am, dans lequel elle était chef de cabine, alors qu'elle sauvait la vie de 360 passagers.
Neerja (2016)
, 2h2
Origin Inde
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Bollywood
Actors Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Radhika Apte, Yogendra Tiku, Kavi Shastri
Roles Rama Bhanot
Rating78% 3.9473353.9473353.9473353.9473353.947335
Le film est inspiré de la vie d'Arunachalam Muruganantham, un entrepreneur indien du Tamil Nadu, qui a inventé une machine permettant de fabriquer des serviettes hygiéniques à bas coûts après avoir constaté que les femmes de son village utilisaient des chiffons usagés en guise de protection hygiénique.
Neerja (2016)
, 2h5
Origin Inde
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Bollywood
Actors Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Swara Bhaskar, Yogendra Tiku, Kavi Shastri
Roles Rama Bhanot
Rating33% 1.683111.683111.683111.683111.68311
Quatre amies originaires de Delhi, Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor) qui est sur le point d'épouser son petit-copain, Rishab (Sumeet Vyas) de longue date malgré sa phobie de l'engagement, la très accomplie, Avni (Sonam Kapoor), qui souhaite désespérément se marier et enchaîne les rendez-vous amoureux et autres rencontres arrangées, Sakshi (Swara Bhaskar) dont le mariage rencontre des difficultés et Meera (Shikha Talsania) jeune maman qui s'est mariée sans le consentement de sa famille, se réunissent à l'occasion du mariage de Kalindi .
Jazbaa (2015)
, 1h59
Directed by Sanjay Gupta
Origin Inde
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Bollywood
Actors Aishwarya Rai, Irrfan Khan, Shabana Azmi, Anupam Kher, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Jackie Shroff
Roles Garima, Sia's Mother
Rating57% 2.8547252.8547252.8547252.8547252.854725
Anuradha Verma (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) is a prominent criminal lawyer and a single mother who has never lost a case. One day her daughter Sanaya (Sara Arjun) is kidnapped and no ransom is demanded, but instead the kidnapper contacts her and tells her that she has to defend a convicted felon to get her daughter back. The felon is Miyaaz Shaikh (Chandan Roy Sanyal) who is convicted for rape and murder of a young woman and the case against him is set for judgment in four days. The kidnapper keeps track of Anuradha very closely to make sure she complies with his demand. With the pressure of time against her, Anuradha tries to get help from her suspended police friend Yohan (Irrfan Khan) who has been suspended from the police force for flaunting the rules and regulations too often. The case against Miyaaz Shaikh is handled by a renowned public prosecutor (Atul Kulkarni) who has been defeated by Anuradha and hence has a long time professional rivalry against her. Anuradha races against time and saves her daughter by twisting the laws to win the case.
A Decent Arrangement
Actors Shabana Azmi, Shreya Sharma, Navneet Nishan
Roles Preeti
Rating57% 2.8574552.8574552.8574552.8574552.857455
A Decent Arrangement is the story of Ashok Khosla (Adam Laupus), an Indian-American copywriter who journeys to India seeking an arranged marriage. After he encounters an American woman travelling through India and is set up with an Indian woman who unexpectedly captivates him, Ashok must navigate the complexity of cultural traditions and the leanings of his own heart. With sharp comedy and true-to-life drama, A Decent Arrangement delivers an affecting story that resonates with those of us in search of our place in a changing world.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, 2h10
Directed by Mira Nair
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films based on the September 11 attacks, Films about religion, Films about terrorism, Political films, Films about Islam, Disaster films, Films about hijackings
Actors Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Riz Ahmed, Kiefer Sutherland, Meesha Shafi, Om Puri
Roles Ammi
Rating67% 3.3981953.3981953.3981953.3981953.398195
In 2011, Anse Rainier (Gary Richardson), an American professor at Lahore University, is kidnapped soon after he leaves a movie theatre. A ransom video is sent to the US embassy, demanding the release of 690 detainees from a Muslim concentration camp in Kot Lakhpat and €700,000 for the children of Waziristan. Bobby Lincoln (Liev Schreiber), an American journalist and undercover CIA informant in Pakistan, arranges to interview a colleague of Rainer, Changez Khan (Riz Ahmed), who he suspects is involved in the kidnapping.
Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola
Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Pankaj Kapur, Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma, Aarya Babbar, Shabana Azmi, Ranvir Shorey
Roles Chaudhari Devi
Rating56% 2.800432.800432.800432.800432.80043
The film tells the story of three individuals, Harphool Singh Mandola a.k.a. Harry (Pankaj Kapur), his daughter, Bijlee Mandola (Anushka Sharma) and Hukum Singh Matru (Imran Khan) known in short as 'Matru'. Harry is a wealthy, cynical businessman who dreams of turning the Mandola village (named after his family) into a shining example of his success and a microcosm of a fledgeling economy in itself. But this dream can only be realised if the villagers agree to sell their land to the government at unfairly low rates in order for the land to be converted into a Special Economic Zone.
Celluloid Man, 2h30
Directed by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur
Genres Biography, Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Krzysztof Zanussi, Lester James Peries, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Gulzar, Naseeruddin Shah
Roles Self
Rating75% 3.791523.791523.791523.791523.79152
P. K. Nair’s fascination with cinema began as a child and he watched his first few films lying on the white sand floor of a cinema in Trivandrum. He was a collector even then - collecting ticket stubs, lobby cards, even weighing machine tickets sporting pictures of the stars of the day. He grew up to be a great collector of films.
Midnight's Children, 2h28
Directed by Deepa Mehta
Origin Canada
Genres Drama
Actors Satya Bhabha, Shriya Saran, Shabana Azmi, Anupam Kher, Siddharth, Ronit Roy
Roles Naseem
Rating61% 3.09553.09553.09553.09553.0955
L'histoire de deux enfants nés au moment de l'indépendance de l'Inde en 1947.
Meghla Akash, 2h17
Origin Bangladesh
Genres Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, HIV/AIDS in film
Actors Moushumi, Ayub Khan, Shabana Azmi, Purnima, Syed Hasan Imam, Amol Bose
Rating65% 3.2954853.2954853.2954853.2954853.295485
'Meghla' (Moushumi) a beautiful girl, and he loves with 'Moni' (Amit Hasan).Mohit's father rejects Meghla because her uncle can not provide dowry.Meghla leaves her village with broken heart.Khoybor an evil person, provokes her and tells her that he will find a job for her.Then he sells her in the market for prostitution .This is how the story begins .