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Shabana Azmi celebrated her birthday on Sunday. The veteran actor turned 72. Shabana comes from a prominent family – her father Kaifi Azmi was a well-known poet and her husband, Javed Akhtar, is one of Bollywood’s best-known lyricists. Shabana is also known for her social activism. However, Shabana was once criticized by a woman during an American trip, who questioned the actor’s feminism. Also read: Emma Thompson Calls What’s Love Got To Do With It Co-Star Shabana Azmi ‘Just Awesome’ In A Beautiful Note

In a 2018 interview, Shabana had spoken about her relationship with Javed. She said she was once questioned for ironing the lyricist’s kurta. The couple were in the US when a woman asked Shabana if Javed had ever ironed her clothes. Remembering the incident, Shabana said there was some confusion in the minds of today’s women, “who had come to measure equality almost literally and clinically.” She also clarified that Javed “didn’t ask” her to iron his kurta, but she did it because he could “burn” it. She added that it gave her “great joy” to see him wearing a kurta that she had ironed.

Shabana had told Scroll in an interview in 2017: “Once I was in America and I was staying with my brother-in-law and I was ironing Javed’s kurta and this woman came in and asked me I was not a feminist. I said yes, where is she?” went against how can you iron Javed’s kurta Does he iron your clothes Why doesn’t he iron his own clothes I said because he can’t and I understand he’s not asking me to do it He will either burn it or he will wear it crumpled It gives me great joy that he is wearing a kurta that I designed the way it should be worn But look at the democratic relationship we share in which we both have the freedom to to maintain our independent identity, that is equality.”

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In the same interview, Shabana had said that Javed had “a very sensitive and a very compassionate heart” under a “cynical exterior.” She also expressed her love for his poetry and called him ‘maahhir (expert)’ because he can say a lot in very simple words. “He recently wrote a poem called Aansoo, which moves me so much, so much, so much. Javed, under that cynical exterior, has a very sensitive and a very compassionate heart, and he is especially moved by people who try to love their dignity in times of adversity Aansoo is a very beautiful poem I just love Javed’s poetry because he can say a lot in very simple words He is a maahir He knows the language so well and yet he never gets into the temptation to show it off his knowledge because communication is vital to him.”

Shabana’s latest project is What’s Love Got To Do With It? The film, directed by Shekhar Kapur, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this week. Starring alongside Shabana are Hollywood actors Emma Thompson and Lily James, and Pakistani actor Sajal Aly. Shabana recently shared photos from the Toronto International Film Festival as she attended the film’s premiere, saying the film received an “overwhelming” response and standing ovations from the audience. The film will hit theaters on January 27 next year.



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