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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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Veteran Actress Shabana Azmi Talks About Importance of Educational and Financial Freedom For Women

At 'Asmita-Woman', Shabana was the chief guest along with dance exponent Shovana Narayan

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Education, financial freedom important for women: Shabana Azmi. Flickr

Veteran actress-activist Shabana Azmi, who runs NGO Mijwan Welfare Society, says women must be educated and have financial freedom.

“Education and financial freedom are very important for women. It is necessary that parents and the life partner should respect a woman and take participation with her in every work. For women empowerment, it is also important that women come out from home and feel this world,” Shabana Azmi said at ‘Asmita-Woman’ here on Sunday.

It was a programme hosted by the Foundation for Management Research and Training (FMRT) to recognise the power of women and also to bring together some women who have made the change happen in society just by thinking different and being independent.

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Mijwan is Shabana’s native village, and the NGO aims at promoting employment, self-reliance and sustainable development.

“It is one of the examples of women empowerment. This village was famous for child marriage. I initiated (my NGO) and now this practice has been stopped there,” the actress said.

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At ‘Asmita-Woman’, Shabana was the chief guest along with dance exponent Shovana Narayan.

Narayan said the mantra to empowerment lies in being honest towards your thoughts and actions. (IANS)

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