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A Musical tribute to writer-lyricist Kaifi Azmi on his 98th Birth Anniversary

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Delhi, Jan 14, 2017: The family of late poet and writer-lyricist Kaifi Azmi will be hosting a musical evening here on his 98th birth anniversary on Saturday.

 

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The evening will see performances by music directors like Anu Malik, Lalit Pandit, Raju Singh.

Singers like Sunidhi Chauhan, Alka Yagnik, Hariharan, Roop Kumar-Sonali Rathod, Talat Aziz will be joined by many budding singers for the musical evening.

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“It will be an open house and a big squeeze at the Janki Kutir where my parents raised me and my brother. But everyone will be happy to squat on ‘gaddas’ (mattress) and snack on cutting ‘chai’ (tea) and vada pav. It will be an emotional evening for the family,” Shabana added. (IANS)

 

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‘It is time to see the world through a Feminist Gaze’, says Shabana Azmi

Jio MAMI hosted a brunch to discuss and inspire women equality and quality films, which was graced by Manisha Koirala, Shabana Azmi, Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra, Sayani Gupta, Kriti Sanon, Neha Dhupia and many more

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Mumbai, October 17, 2017: Veteran actress Shabana Azmi on Monday said it is the time people started seeing the world through a “feminine gaze”.

The pro-equality actress was speaking at “#F for Freedom MAMI” segment of Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival.

“I am very delighted that MAMI this year is concentrating on making women’s work more visible. I think it is high time that we started to see the world through feminine gaze,” she said.

Jio MAMI hosted a brunch to discuss and inspire women equality and quality films, which was graced by Manisha Koirala, Shabana Azmi, Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra, Sayani Gupta, Kriti Sanon, Neha Dhupia and many more.

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Manisha Koirala, who has been vocal about gender equality, said she was happy that JIO MAMI is recognizing women’s contribution.

“Tumhari Sulu” actress Neha Dhupia said that things aren’t changing but with a little initiative, things will change in coming times. “Just because there is a women-centric film after 30-40 others release, everyone feels that things are changing but they are not changing just yet.”

Kiran Rao, the lady behind the initiative, expressed that main objective was to inspire women and get them in mainstream cinema, either in front or behind.

“The initiative was started two years ago, to inspire females to be part of the film industry, not just tell their stories. We want females to join film industry as writers, actors, technicians, creative arts and camera persons as this will improve the condition of women,” said Kiran.

Film critic Anupama Chopra said that the issue of equality in the film was not just limited to Bollywood, “it is rampant everywhere”. (IANS)

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Shabana Azmi to be honoured ‘Icon of Indian Cinema’ at Jagran Film Festival

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Mumbai, Sep 17, 2017: Acclaimed actress and activist Shabana Azmi will be honoured as an ‘Icon of Indian Cinema’ at the closing ceremony of the Mumbai edition of the eighth Jagran Film Festival here next week.

The ceremony will be held on September 24 in the presence of members of the Indian film fraternity, said a statement.

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Manoj Srivastava, the Festival’s strategic consultant, said: “It’s a matter of pride for the Festival that such a great actor who hasn’t perhaps got her due as yet, is being honoured with the ‘Icons of Indian Cinema Award’.”

Shabana has featured in movies like”Ankur”, “Nishant”, “Arth”, “Shatranj Ke Khiladi”, and emerged as one of the icons of parallel cinema in India. She has done her fair share of mainstream films too.

The Jagran Film Festival took off in Delhi before moving on with the journey to cities like Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Patna, Ranchi, Dehradun, Bhopal, Indore and Meerut. The journey will culminate in Mumbai between September 18-24. (IANS)

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Marriage in Islam is Not Made in Heaven, it is a Contract: Says Veteran actress-activist Shabana Azmi

Last week, she welcomed the Supreme Court's ruling on triple talaq saying the judgment is a victory for brave Muslim women in the country

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August 29, 2017: Veteran actress-activist Shabana Azmi believes marriage is not made in heaven in Islam and that it’s a contract.

Sharing an article on “Madrassas in Uttar Pradesh to teach ‘correct ways of divorce'”, Shabana tweeted on Tuesday: “Marriage is not made in heaven in Islam. It’s a contract. We need a model ‘nikahnama’ in which clauses of the contract are drawn up fairly.”

Shabana, who is married to veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar, has always been vocal about a lot of issues.

Last week, she welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling on triple talaq saying the judgment is a victory for brave Muslim women in the country.

She also runs the NGO Mijwan Welfare Society. The foundation was started by her father Kaifi Azmi.

The NGO was launched with the goal of creating employment opportunities for women, and reviving the art of chikankari embroidery. (IANS)


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