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SHABANA AZMI

Date of Birth : 18-09-1950

Awards
 
National Awards
Azmi has received the coveted National Film Award for Best Actress five times:
1975 - National Film Award for Best Actress Ankur
1983 - National Film Award for Best Actress
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1984 - National Film Award for Best Actress Khandhar
1985 - National Film Award for Best Actress Paar
1999 - National Film Award for Best Actress Godmother
Filmfare Awards
Winner:
1978 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Swami
1984 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Arth
1985 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Bhavna
2006 - Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
Nominated:
1975 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Ankur
1981 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Thodisi Bewaffai
1984 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Masoom
1984 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Avtaar
1984 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Mandi
1985 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Sparsh
2003 - Filmfare Best Villain Award for makdee
International awards
1993: Best Actress award for Libaas in North Korea
1994: Best Actress award for Gautam Ghose�s Patang at the Taormina Arte Festival in Italy
1996: Best Actress award for Fire at the Chicago International Film Festival
1996: Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film for Fire in L.A. Outfest
Other awards
Shabana Azmi�s long association with movies and her performances in them as also her work as a social activist and an active parliamentarian had been well and widely recognized including conferment with several awards. Other awards received by her include:
1988: Awarded the Padma Shri from the government of India.
1988: Yash Bhartiya Award by the Government of Uttar Pradesh for highlighting women�s issues in her work as an actress and activist.
1994: Rajiv Gandhi Award for "Excellence of Secularism"
1998: Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress for Mrityudand.
1998: Was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund.
1999: Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Best Actress for Godmother.
2004: Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Female for Tehzeeb.
2005: Star Screen Awards - Best Performance in an Indian Film in English for Morning Raga
2006: Gandhi International Peace Award awarded by Gandhi Foundation London.
International Awards for Best Actress for Gulzar�s Libaas in North Korea (1993) for Gautam Ghose�s Patang at the Taormina Arte Festival (1994) in Italy and for Deepa Mehta�s Fire at the Chicago International Film Festival (1996).
She was honoured with the coveted World Economic Forum�s Crystal Award
She was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Art by Chancellor of the University Brandan Foster by the Leeds Metropolitan University in Yorkshire

Since 1989 she has been a member of the National Integration Council headed by the Prime Minister of India; a member of National AIDS Commission (of India); and was nominated (in 1997) as a member of the Rajya Sabha the upper house of the Indian parliament. The United Nations Population Fund appointed her as its goodwill Ambassador for India and the University of Michigan conferred (in 2002) on her the Martin Luther King Professorship award in recognition of her contribution to arts culture and society.
Biography
 
Early life and background

Shabana Azmi was born in a Muslim family. Her parents are Kaifi Azmi (a renowned Indian poet) and Shaukat Azmi (a well known stage actress). Her brother Baba Azmi is a cinematographer. Her parents had an active social life and their home was always throbbing with people and activities. Early in childhood the environment in her home inculcated into her a respect for
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family ties social and human values; and her parents always supported her to develop a passion for intellectual stimulation and growth.

She completed a graduate degree in Psychology from St. Xavier�s College Mumbai followed by a course in Acting at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune. She topped the list of successful candidates of 1972.[4]

Career
Shabana and Javed at the Sony studio for a program

Her first release was Shyam Benegal�s Ankur (1972) which won the national award. However her first film was an art film made by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas Faalsa which was released in 1974. Her role in both films attracted positive comments both from the reviewers and the audiences. She received the national award consecutively for three years from 1983 to 1985 for her roles in movies Arth Khandhar and Paar. Another film Godmother (1999) earned her another national award taking her tally to five.

Shabana�s acting has been characterized by a real-life depiction of the roles played by her. In Mandi she acted as a madam of a whorehouse. For this role she put on weight and even chewed betel. Real life portrayals continued in almost all her movies.These included the role of a woman named Jamini resigned to her destiny in Khandhar and a typical urban Indian wife homemaker and mother in Masoom.

She also acted in experimental and parallel Indian cinema. Deepa Mehta�s 1996 film Fire depicts her as a lonely woman Radha in love with her sister-in-law. The on-screen depiction of lesbianism (perhaps the first in Indian cinema) drew severe protests and threats from many social groups as well as by the Indian authorities. Her role as Radha brought 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.

Some of her notable films include Shyam Benegal's Nishant (1975) Junoon (1978) Susman (1986) and Antarnaad (1992); Satyajit Ray�s Shatranj Ke Khiladi; Mrinal Sen�s Khandhar Genesis Ek Din Achanak; Saeed Mirza�s Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai; Sai Paranjpye�s Sparsh and Disha; Gautam Ghose�s Paar; Aparna Sen�s Picnic and Sati ; Mahesh Bhatt�s Arth; Vinay Shukla�s Godmother. Her other films include the commercially successful Manmohan Desai's Amar Akbar Anthony and Parvarish and Prakash Mehra�s Jwalamukhi. Azmi starred in Hollywood productions such as John Schlesinger�s Madame Sousatzka (1988) and Roland Joffe�s City of Joy (1992).

Shabana�s debuted on the small screen in a soap opera titled Anupama. She potrayed a modern Indian woman who while endorsing traditional Indian ethos and values negotiated more freedom for herself. She had also participated in many stage plays and notable among them include M. S. Sathyu�s Safed Kundali (1980) based on Caucasian Chalk Circle; and Farouque Shaikh�s Tumhari Amrita which ran for five years. She toured Singapore on an assignment with the Singapore Repertory Theatre Company acting in Ingmar Bergman�s adaptation of Ibsen�s Doll House which was directed by Rey Buono. Pointing out the differences in all these media she once remarked that theatre was really the actor�s medium; the stage was actor�s space; cinema was the director�s medium; and television was a writer�s medium.

Personal life

In the initial stage of her career she was linked to noted film director Shekhar Kapur. She married Javed Akhtar a famed lyricist poet and Bollywood scriptwriter on 9 December 1984. It was Akhtar�s second marriage the first being with Bollywood scriptwriter Honey Irani. Indian actresses Farah Naaz and Tabu are her nieces.
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