Happy Birthday Shabana Azmi: Top performances of the actress


Guwahati: Bollywood veteran actress Shabana Azmi needs no introduction. Shabana Azmi is a name that changed the perception of female actors in Bollywood. The veteran actress’ roles are still considered an inspiration for many young actresses.

Today the actress is celebrating her 71st birthday turning a year elder.

Being a powerhouse of talent, she gave her best on the screens and proved her mettle with her awesome screen presence. Shabana Azmi is the daughter of popular poet Kaifi Azmi and stage actress Shaukat Azmi. This ace actress made her debut in 1974 and acted in more than 100 movies. She also appeared in foreign films like John Schlesinger’s Madame Sousatzka, Nicholas Klotz’s Bengali Night, Roland Joffe’s City of Joy, etc.

Actress Shabana Azmi is celebrating her 71st birthday on September 18. On the occasion, here are some of her best performances by:


The film released in 1974. Shabana played the leading lady in the film and grabbed a lot of attention for her performance. The film was based on a true story from Hyderabad and was filmed mostly there.


It is a Mahesh Bhatt directorial, featuring all the elements of an Indian drama. The film was highly appreciated for its storyline. It also has many memorable ghazals.


Khandhar is a brilliant film by Mrinal Sen. It was released in 1984 and was applauded for the unique screenplay and Shabana’s performance. The film was screened at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.


Godmother is biographical film which released in 1999. It is about a mafia operator of Porbandar, Gujrat. It was amongst the most successful films of that year. The film received six National Awards.


Deepa Mehta’s most controversial film ‘Fire’ is yet another impeccable performance delivered by Shabana Azmi. While other actresses were too scared to take risks, Shabana chose challenging roles and proved her acting prowess.


Shabana Azmi is a recipient of five National Awards and four international awards. She was also honored with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by the government of India.