Shabana Azmi Biography, Facts & Life Story

Shabana Azmi Indian Actress, TV Actress, Theatre Actress, Social Worker

Quick Facts

Nickname:Coco

Profession:Actress, TV Actress, Theatre Actress, Social Worker

Nationality:Indian

Age (as of 2019):69 years old

Date of Birth:September 18, 1950

Birthplace:Hyderabad, India

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Height, Weight & Physical Stats

Height:‎5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m)

Weight:65 kg (143 lbs)

Body Measurements:34-27-35 inches

Bra Size/Breast:34 inches

Waist:27 inches

Hips:35 inches

Bodytype:Hourglass

Dress Size:12 (US)

Hair Color:Black

Eye Color:Black

Celebrity Favorites

Hobbies:Reading, Travelling, Listening to music, watching movies

Favorite Actor:Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Dev Anand

Favorite Actress:Madhubala‎, ‎Nargis

Favorite Food:Hyderabadi Biryani

Favorite Destination:London & New York

Favorite Color:Black, Red, Blue


Shabana Azmi is a renowned Indian movie Actress, theatre Actress, television actress and activist who primarily known for her remarkable work in Bollywood movies. She was born in Hyderabad, Telangana, India on 18th September, 1950.  Shabana Azmi belongs to a family of artists. She initiated her career in acting with Shyam Benegal’s megahit movie “Ankur”. Shabana’s performance was critically acclaimed and her way of acting also won her award for the Best National Actress.

In her eminent career, Shabana Azmi has commonly appeared in realistic characters. She was frequently compared with her corresponding person Smitha Patil. In that era, both of them competed for the similar roles and Smitha-Shabana competition was the most followed showbiz news then. In the year 1982, they both acted together in critically acclaimed Bollywood movie Arth.

Shabana Azmi created scores of headlines for her acting in Deepa Mehta’s debatable movie Fire. She acted in a number of off-beat movies. She although worked in numerous commercially renowned movies as well like Fakira, Devta, Masoom and Amar Akbar Anthony amongst others. She so far has acted in more than 120 Bengali and Hindi movies. Shabana has also acted in a number of foreign movies as well. She holds an exclusive record of getting five National Awards under the nomination of Best Actress.

Besides an actress, Shabana Azmi is also a famous activist. She always keeps herself busy off the screen through partaking in numerous awareness programs like AIDS and Child Support. Besides a number of Indian awards, Shabana Azmi has also received numerous awards on international level. She has been complimented with a Ph.D. degree by numerous Indian and foreign universities.

Facts You Never Knew About Shabana Azmi!

    • Is Shabana Azmi addicted to smoking?: No
    • Is Shabana Azmi alcoholic?: No
    • She has starred in more than 100 movies and has received 5 National Award as well as four Filmfare Award under the category of Best Actress.
    • Famous Bollywood actresses Farah Naaz and Tabu are her nieces.
    • Shabana Azmi has been a pre-emptive socialist and supported displaced Kashmiri Pandit migrants, slum dwellers and Latur, Maharashtra earthquake victims.
    • In the year 1989, she participated in a four day long march from Meerut to New Delhi for collective harmony.
    • Shabana Azmi was honored with a Doctorate degree in Art by Vice Chancellor of the Brandan Foster University of Texas.
    • She has no kids with Javed Akhtar but she still accepts Zoya and Farhan as her kids.
    • Love blossomed between Shekhar Kapoor and Shabana Azmi all through the production of Dev Anand’s movie Ishq Ishq Ishq. Though, the relationship did not last for a longer time span and the engagement was cancelled ultimately.
    • Shabana is the only actress to bestow with five National Awards for the Best Actress. She earned it for her very first release, Ankur which also considered as the directorial debut movie of Shyam Benegal.
    • Shabana Azmi had a big crush on Shashi Kapoor. Shashi’s dad, Prithviraj Kapoor, was in her neighborhood, and each time Shashi Kapoor paid a visit to father, Shabana Azmi would always get him to autograph one of his photos. Shashi and Shabana were coupled together in 1976 movie Fakira.

Shabana Azmi Education

Qualification: Degree in Psychology

School: Queen Mary School, Mumbai

College: St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai

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Shabana Azmi Career

Profession: Actress, TV Actress, Theatre Actress, Social Worker

Debut TV Series/Movie:

  • Ankur (1974, Bollywood)

Salary: Under Review

Net Worth: $3 Million

Family & Relatives

Father: Shaukat Kaifi

Mother: Kaifi Azmi

Brother(s): Baba Azmi

Marital Status: Married

Husband/Boyfriend: Javed Akhtar (m. 1984)

Son(s): Farhan Akhtar

Daughter(s): Zoya Akhtar

Ex Boyfriends:

  • ‎Shekhar Kapur‎ (Filmmaker)



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