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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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‘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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