Shabana Azmi On Why Her Parents Opposed Her Relationship With Javed Akhtar


Shabana Azmi shared this photo. (Image courtesy: azmishbana18)


  • Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar married on 9 December 1984.
  • They will celebrate their 37th wedding anniversary this year
  • Shabana also shared why she was “attracted” towards Javed Akhtar at that time?

New Delhi:

In an interview with Twinkle Khanna for her brand Tweak India, Shabana Azmi spoke about the difficulties she faced after being in a relationship with lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar. Javed Akhtar then married Honey Irani. They have a son named Farhan, who is a filmmaker-writer-actor, and daughter Zoya, who is also a film producer. Speaking about why her parents – late noted poet and writer Kaifi Azmi and late actress Shaukat Kaifi – were against her relationship with Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi told Twinkle Khanna: “He was a married man, They had kids, it was really hard. And so I think people shouldn’t speculate. It’s hard enough for the people involved and then just for the gossip. And obviously, people are going to say, ‘ You call yourself a feminist and then how have you gotten yourself into this position?’ At that time I had a choice.”

She said: “I could have explained my point, which would justify the action I took, but I felt that if I did, it would lead to more speculation, so I decided to keep quiet. Will know. , and that’s exactly what happened. Now its real good that happened, and I give a lot of credit to Honey Irani, because through all this, she never poisoned the minds of kids against me. That’s it. would have been appropriate. … but he never did. In fact, he sent the kids to London with us when they were really young, and it became a bond, and it was to his credit, and to Jawed’s credit, and to me. To the credit we have such a great relationship with Zoya and Farhan.”

Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar married on 9 December 1984. Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar often have lunch or dinner with Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar. Farhan Akhtar, who was earlier married to celebrity hairstylist Adhuna Bhabani, mostly happens at family get-togethers with his girlfriend Shibani Dandekar.

In the above interview, Shabana Azmi also shared that she was “attracted towards Javed Akhtar because of his wit and wit, his humor and basically his world view” and how much his ideology and behavior is similar to that of his father. He said, “People keep saying that we should have done an arranged marriage. So many are similar.”

Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar will celebrate their 37th wedding anniversary this year.


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