Shabana Azmi – Biography, Career, Awards and Net Worth
Shabana Azmi is one of the best actresses in India Cinema and the queen of parallel movie. She is a rare combination of talent, beauty and dedication.
Born on September 18, 1950, five time National Award winner Shabana Azmi starred in acclaimed movies such as ‘Masoom’, ‘Sparsh’, ‘Arth’, ‘Mrityundand’, ‘Godmother’ and ‘Earth’. She is the wife of the famous writer, Javed Akhtar and step-mom to the filmmaker, Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar.
Shabana Azmi : Early Life and Personal Details
Shabana Azmi was born in Hyderabad to poet, Late Kaifi Azmi and stage actress, Shaukat Azmi. She grew up in Mumbai with her brother, Baba Azmi, a cinematographer. She completed her schooling from Queen Mary School, Mumbai. Further, she enrolled in the St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai to pursue degree in Psychology.
Caption: Shabana Azmi with her husband, Javed Akhtar
The bold and beautiful 5 feet 6 inches tall with a weight of 65 kg. She shares Virgo as Zodiac sign and practices Islamic belief and tradition. Besides acting, her hobbies are travelling new places and listen music of different genres. She is an avid book reader and her personal favorite is ‘Chokher Bali’ by Rabindranath Tagore.
In the year of 1984, Shabana Azmi married Javed Akhtar, a lyricist, poet and scriptwriter. She is the step-mom to Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar.
Caption: Shabana Azmi with Naseeruddin Shah in ‘Sparsh’
Shabana Azmi : Career
Throughout her career, Azmi always sticks with parallel movies. She made her acting debut with Shyam Bengal’s movie ‘Ankur’ in 1974. She was successful to make a positive impression in her first venture.
Azmi further continued her journey with acclaimed movies such as ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’, ‘Sparsh’, ‘Arth’, ‘Mandi’ and ‘Masoom’. Due to her consistent performance, she was able to establish herself as one of the finest actresses in Indian cinema. She garnered much credit and appreciation for her performances in these movies.
Azmi was at the peak of her career during the late 90s and the beginning of the new millennium She has portrayed several strong female characters in ‘Mirtyudand’, ‘Godmother’, ‘Makdee’ and ‘Morning Raga’. During this time, she worked in international projects such as ‘Fire’ and ‘Water’, which further increases her stature in the acting world.
Caption: Shabana Azmi in ‘Fire’
Throughout her career, Azmi has been loyal and dedicated to her movie’s character and never hold back to take risky decisions. She was bold enough to work in ‘Fire’, a bold, sumptuous and taboo-breaking movie. Even, she showed guts to shave her head and gained 30 pounds of weight for ‘Water’. These things made her unique in the Bollywood.
In the latter days, Azmi generally appeared in supproting roles and cameos. Her recent releases were ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’, ‘Jazbaa’ and ‘Neerja’. She is coming up to entertain us with her new flicks such as ‘Idgah’ and ‘Good morning Sunshine’.
Caption: Shabana Azmi in the Award event
Shabana Azmi : Awards
Shabana Azmi is the source of great acting and consistent performances. Throughout her career, she received much appreciation and many awards and accolades. Government of India awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan to Azmi for her achievement in Indian cinema.
Azmi won the National Film Awards for Best Actress for record-breaking 5 times. In addition, she won the prestigious Filmfare Award on four occasions. Further, she received many awards and recognitions such as IIFA Award, Screen Award, Stardust Award and Zee Cine Award.
Caption: Shabana Azmi in the launch of car
Shabana Azmi : Net Worth and Lifestyle
Being one of the best actresses of Indian Cinema, Shabana Azmi has an estimated net worth of $3 Million. She made her income from acting and personal investment. She resides in a comfortable house in Juhu, Mumbai and owns a stylish Mercendes Benz car.
Despite being a celebrity, she prefers to live a normal life. Since, she belongs to Hyderabadi roots, she is fond of Hyderabadi Biryani. She loves to explore new places and her most favored destinations are Ney York and London. Shabana Azmi is often found expressing her views on social issues and even seen taking part in social activism.