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‘Mughal-e-Azam will herald new path for Indian Theatre,’ says Veteran actress Shabana Azmi

Based on the epic film 'Mughal-e-Azam', the broadway-styled musical play has six songs originally composed by Naushad, and two new songs are created for the show

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October 23, 2016: Veteran actress Shabana Azmi says the musical play of cult classic ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ will open the way for Indian theatre in international space.

“I am proud of the fact that Feroz Abbas Khan got international collaborators here, and finally we have something that I think will herald new path in what Indian theatre has to offer,” says Shabana Azmi.

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Shabana Azmi along with many Bollywood celebrities like Sridevi, Boney Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Irrfan Khan and Jackie Shroff among others were spotted at the premiere of Feroz Abbas Khan’s broadway-styled musical play Mughal-e-Azam here on Friday night.

Shabana, who has worked under the direction of Feroz for an epistolary play Tumhari Amrita, said: “I have had the privilege working with Firoz Abbas Khan in a play called Tumhari Amrita, which had run for 22 years before sad demise of Farooq Sheikh. I know whatever Feroz touches is excellent. I have great expectations.”

Based on the epic film ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, the broadway-styled musical play has six songs originally composed by Naushad, and two new songs are created for the show.

Eminent poet and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar at the event spoke about making the script of the movie as a part of college curriculum: “Believe me the script of Mughal-e-Azam should be taught in M.A. Urdu literature.

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“It is so good. I was in pre-university when the movie released. I have great respect for Feroz Abbas Khan. He is a very fine director. Whatever he has done so far is exceptionally good. And I am sure he must have done a great job.”

‘Mughal-e-Azam’ will be performed at the NCPA (National Centre For Performing Arts), daily from October 21 till first week of November followed by the staging at the end of November for another two weeks into December in New Delhi. (IANS)

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Shabana Azmi Slams Makers of Modi’s Biopic

Actor Vivek Anand Oberoi essays Modi in the biopic, which is scheduled to release on April 5

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Veteran actress Shabana Azmi feels makers of “PM Narendra Modi” biopic intentionally added her husband and veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar’s name to the film’s credits list.

“It is quite clear this was done with deliberate intentions to mislead public into believing that Javed Akhtar has written the songs for ‘PM Narendra Modi’ when the song ‘Ishwar allah tere jahan mein’ is from Deepa Mehta’s film ‘1947 Earth’,” she tweeted.

Earlier this week, Akhtar also took to Twitter to express shock to see his name in the credits of the film’s trailer. His name was mentioned among several other artistes in the lyrics category.

Akhtar said he had not written any songs for the film.

Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi were also felicitated at the event. Wikimedia

Soon after Akhtar’s tweet went viral and created a buzz, Sandeep Ssingh, one of the producers of the film, cleared the air about giving credits to the lyricists.

“T-Series being the official music partner of our film…we have taken the song ‘Ishwar Allah’ from the film ‘1947: Earth’ and the song ‘Suno gaur se duniya walon’ from the film ‘Dus’, thus we have given the due credits to respective lyricists Javed Sahab and Sameerji,” Ssingh, also the creative director and story writer of the film, said in a statement.

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Actor Vivek Anand Oberoi essays Modi in the biopic, which is scheduled to release on April 5. (IANS)