Shabana Azmi Birthday: Shabana Azmi is one of the finest actresses in the film industry. Since making her debut in 1974 with the film ‘Ankur’, Shabana Azmi has been entertaining audiences for decades. He has worked in more than 100 films till now. But often he chose characters who were way ahead of time and they still feel alive today. His bold choice of roles has produced some memorable films.
Shabana Azmi has got her acting iron in her every performance and she has won the National Award for Best Actress not one or two but 5 times in her career. On the occasion of his 72nd birthday, let’s take a look at his five National Award winning performances.
Shabana Azmi won her first National Award with her first release. In the film, the actress played the role of Lakshmi, a Dalit woman who works with her husband at the house of her landlord’s son. An unsuspecting romantic affair begins which changes the story of the characters.
Arth, directed by Mahesh Bhatt, revolves around a film director who gets into an extra-marital affair with an actress. Shabana played the role of Pooja, the director’s wife, and was awarded the second National Award for her incredible performance in Arth.
Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapur and Shabana Azmi, the film is about an ongoing love story between an up-and-coming photographer and a village girl. Watch the film, and you will know why Shabana Azmi won the National Film Award for Best Actress in this film.
Set in rural Bihar, the film exposes grim realities and sheds light on poverty and exploitation. Shabana Azmi plays Ram, the wife of Naurangiya, a laborer played by Naseeruddin Shah. The film revolves around a couple who run away from their village after Naurangiya kills the man who killed a school teacher. They become fugitives from justice and set out in search of livelihood. The film made a hat-trick of winning the National Award for Shabana Azmi.
In this film, Shabana Azmi portrays Rambhi, a character inspired by Indian gangster Santokben Jadeja. The actress’ portrayal of such a layered character was enough to secure her 5th National Award.