Shabana Azmi

Daughter of late Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi & stage actress Shaukat Kaifi, Shabana is a stage and screen actress, social activist and a member of the Indian parliament, Rajya Sabha.

Screen credits
Best actress Ankur '74
National award winner for Arth '83, Khandhar '84, Paar '85 and GodMother '99
Best actress Libaas '93(North Korea)
Best actress Patang "94(Aormina Arte Festival)
Best actress Fire '96(Chicago Film Fest & LA Outfest).

Other international screen credits include
Madam Sousatzka, The Bengali Night, City of Joy, Immaculate Conception, The son of Pink Panther, In Custody. Stage credit: Tumhari Amrita

Film retrospectives
George Pompidou Centre, Paris, Norwegian Film Institute, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, American Film Institute, Washington DC, Pacific Cinemetheque and Winnipeg Cinematheque. Chairperson of jury at Montreal & Cairo International Film Festivals.

As a social activist
Chairperson of Nivara Hakk Suraksha Samiti (land/alterne dwelling for slum dwellers); 4-day march for communal harmony w/Swami Agnivesh & Asghar Ali Engineer; Rajiv Gandhi award for 'Excellence in Secularism' '94; 'Yash Bhartiya' award for highlighting women's issues; fundraising for displaced Kashmiri migrants and victims of the Latur earthquake thru performing 'Tumhari Amrita'; addressed women's issues, communal harmony, social justice at Columbia U, Berkeley, UC Irvine, MIT, Ann Arbor, Brynmore, U of Chicago, U of London.

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