Shabana Azmi

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Date of Birth : 18 September 1950

Mini Biography :
One of the leading lights of the now-largely-defunct Indian New Wave, Shabana Azmi (alongside the late Smita Patil) was one of the main female actors who dominated the films of the so-called “Parallel Cinema” in India in the 1970s and 1980s.

Born to noted Urdu progressive poet and lyricist Kaifi Azmi and theatre actress Shaukat Azmi, Shabana has acted in films by virtually all of India’s most famous arthouse directors including Shyam Benegal, Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Aparna Sen and others, as well as in commercial and middle-of-the-road Hindi films, where she has essayed several strong female characters (e.g., in The Death Sentence: Mrityu Dand (1997) and Godmother (1999)).

She is noted for her naturalness and intensity on-screen, matched by her fierce advocacy of the rights of women, minorities and slum-dwellers off-screen, both through activism and in her role as a Member of Parliament, where her consistent stand in defense of liberal values and the freedom of expression is noteworthy.

She has also acted on stage to considerable acclaim, most notably in Tumhari Amrita with Farookh Sheikh. She is married to noted scriptwriter and lyricist Javed Akhtar.


Filmography :

  1. Positive (2007/II)
  2. Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007)
  3. Loins of Punjab Presents (2007)
  4. Umrao Jaan (2006)
  5. Banglatown Banquet (2006) (TV)
  6. 15 Park Avenue (2005)
  7. Waterborne (2005)
  8. Morning Raga (2004)
  9. Tehzeeb (2003)
  10. Makdee (2002)
  11. Daughters of This Century (2001)
  12. Gaja Gamini (2000)
  13. Hari-Bhari: Fertility (2000)
  14. Godmother (1999)
  15. Earth (1998) (uncredited) (voice)
  16. Side Streets (1998)
  17. Bada Din (1998)
  18. The Death Sentence: Mrityu Dand (1997)
  19. Saaz (1997)
  20. Fire (1996)
  21. Patang (1994)
  22. Son of the Pink Panther (1993)
  23. In Custody (1993)
  24. City of Joy (1992)
  25. Adharm (1992)
  26. Dharavi (1992)
  27. Immaculate Conception (1992)
  28. Jhoothi Shaan (1991)
  29. Antarnaad (1991)
  30. Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1991)
  31. Fateh (1991)
  32. Amba (1990)
  33. Disha (1990)
  34. Muqaddar Ka Badshaah (1990)
  35. Ek Din Achanak (1989)
  36. Oonch Neech Beech (1989)
  37. Rakhwala (1989)
  38. Main Azaad Hoon (1989)
  39. Picnic (1989) (TV)
  40. Sati (1989)
  41. Madame Sousatzka (1988)
  42. Mardon Wali Baat (1988)
  43. Ek Aadmi (1988)
  44. Libaas (1988)
  45. Nuit Bengali, La (1988)
  46. Pestonjee (1988)
  47. Itihaas (1987)
  48. Susman (1987)
  49. Nasihat (1986)
  50. Genesis (1986)
  51. Shart (1986)
  52. Anjuman (1986)
  53. Ek Pal (1986)
  54. Samay Ki Dharaa (1986)
  55. Rahi Badal Gaye (1985)
  56. Khamosh (1985)
  57. Bhavna (1984)
  58. Gangvaa (1984)
  59. Khandhar (1984)
  60. Lorie (1984)
  61. Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar (1984)
  62. Hum Rahe Na Hum (1984)
  63. Kaamyaab (1984)
  64. Kamla (1984)
  65. Paar (1984)
  66. Ram Tera Desh (1984)
  67. Yaadon Ki Zanjeer (1984)
  68. Doosri Dulhan (1983)
  69. Sweekar Kiya Maine (1983)
  70. Avtaar (1983)
  71. Mandi (1983)
  72. Masoom (1983)
  73. Pyaasi Aankhen (1983)
  74. Arth (1982)
  75. Suraag (1982)
  76. Raaste Pyar Ke (1982)
  77. Anokha Bandan (1982)
  78. Ashanti (1982)
  79. Log Kya Kahenge (1982)
  80. Namkeen (1982)
  81. Yeh Nazdeekiyan (1982)
  82. Shama (1981)
  83. Ek Hi Bhool (1981)
  84. Sameera (1981)
  85. Jwalamukhi (1980)
  86. Hum Paanch (1980)
  87. Apne Paraye (1980)
  88. Thodisi Bewafaii (1980)
  89. Sparsh (1980)
  90. Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai (1980)
  91. Ek Baar Kaho (1980)
  92. Yeh Kaisa Insaaf (1980)
  93. Lahu Ke Do Rang (1979)
  94. Amar Deep (1979)
  95. Bagula Bhagat (1979)
  96. Jeena Yahan (1979)
  97. Atithee (1978)
  98. Devata (1978)
  99. Junoon (1978)
  100. Khoon Ki Pukaar (1978)
  101. Swarg Narak (1978)
  102. Toote Khilone (1978)
  103. Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)
  104. Adha Din Adhi Raat (1977)
  105. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
  106. Chor Sipahee (1977)
  107. Ek Hi Raasta (1977)
  108. Hira Aur Patthar (1977)
  109. Jallian Wala Bagh (1977)
  110. Kanneshwara Rama (1977)
  111. Karm (1977)
  112. Khel Khilari Ka (1977)
  113. Kissa Kursi Ka (1977)
  114. Parvarish (1977)
  115. Swami (1977)
  116. Vishwasghaat (1977)
  117. Fakira (1976)
  118. Kadambari (1976)
  119. Shaque (1976)
  120. Nishaant (1975)
  121. Ankur (1974)
  122. Faslah (1974)
  123. Ishq Ishq Ishq (1974)
  124. Parinay (1974)
Nomination And Awards
Bombay International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1999 Won Significant Contribution to Indian Cinema
Filmfare Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2006 - Lifetime Achievement Award
2004 Nominated Filmfare Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role
for: Tehzeeb (2003)

2003 Nominated Filmfare Award Best Performance in a Villainous Role
for: Makdee (2002)

1985 Won Filmfare Award Best Actress
for: Bhavna (1984)

1984 Won Filmfare Award Best Actress
for: Arth (1982)

1978 Won Filmfare Award Best Actress
for: Swami (1977)

L.A. Outfest
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1997 Won Grand Jury Award Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film
for: Fire (1996)

National Film Awards, India
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1999 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Actress
for: Godmother (1999)

1985 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Actress
for: Paar (1984)

1984 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Actress
for: Khandhar (1984)

1983 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Actress
for: Arth (1982)

1975 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Actress
for: Ankur (1974)

Screen Weekly Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Won Screen Best Performance in an Indian Film in English
for: Morning Raga (2004)

2004 Nominated Screen Best Supporting Actress
for: Tehzeeb (2003)

2003 Nominated Screen Best Performance in a Negative Role
for: Makdee (2002)

1998 Won Screen Best Supporting Actress
for: The Death Sentence: Mrityu Dand (1997)

Zee Cine Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2004 Won Popular Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role
for: Tehzeeb (2003)

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