Thursday April 25, 2019

Veteran Actress Shabana Azmi Wants To Get Rid of Dependene on Mobile Phones

She reveals her husband Javed Akhtar is far more dependent on the mobile phone than she

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Shabana Azmi on importance of film production training

Veteran actress Shabana Azmi, who will turn a year older on September 18, says that she wants to get rid of her dependence on the mobile phone.

She is currently in Karjat shooting for “The Moghuls”, a web series for Hotstar produced by Nikkhil Advani.

The Internet is a fascinating web for Shabana Azmi.

“This is the first web series (for Hotstar) that I am doing. The reach of the medium is tremendous. ‘The Moghuls’ is an adaptation of Alex Rutherford’s historical book. It deals with Moghul history all the way from Babur to Aurangzeb,” said Shabana.

What fascinated Shabana Azmi was the space and attention given to the women figures from Moghul history.

 

Shabana Azmi
The Internet is a fascinating web for Shabana Azmi. Flickr

She feels women have been treated with scant attention by Moghul historians.

“I mean, everyone knows Mumtaz Mahal because Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for her. But what was she really like? I play Babur’s grandmother Esan Daulat. Not much is known about her. But she was the power behind the throne. When Babur was 12, she made sure he was crowned emperor.”

Shabana enjoys the freedom offered by the web. “One can tell a story as elaborately as one wants. Though Esan Daulat is little-known outside the domain of history books my character is done at length. I am shooting for 40 days for ‘The Moghuls’.”

So Shabana would be celebrating her birthday on the sets of “The Moghuls”. Any birthday thoughts?

“Yes, to get rid of my dependence on the mobile phone. My phone has just crashed. And I feel no anxiety about losing my numbers. On the contrary, it is extremely liberating to not have to depend constantly on the phone.

Shabana Azmi
Shabana Azmi.

“So yes, this birthday I’d like to return to basic face-to-face conversations with people whom I care for.”

She reveals her husband Javed Akhtar is far more dependent on the mobile phone than she.

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“He says my mobile phone is the most immobile phone in the world because I never take it with me. He watches a lot of shows on his phone.” (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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Shabana Azmi.

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)