The very remarkable life of actor Shabana and cinematographer Baba Azmi’s parents, the illustrious Kaifi and Shaukat Azmi is already a huge successful play Kaifi & I where Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi play her parents. We now hear there are at least four leading producers in Bollywood desirous of making a film version of the love story. And Shabana Azmi may well agree to the offer to film her parents’ life provided they cast a fresh younger pair.
Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar
Says Shabana, “Javed and I have played the role on stage over and over again all over the world. We’ve taken the roles as far as we can. Now it’s time for other actors to see what they can do with the characters,”
Shabana lost her mother the iconic Shaukat Kaifi this week. When I spoke to her on Sunday her hurt was palpable when she said, “Nothing and nobody can ever prepare for the loss of a parent but I am calm. My brother Baba who never expresses emotion is very broken. I am grateful I got a chance to serve her and that I was with her when she breathed her last.”
A prayer meeting for the Shaukat Aapa, as she was universally known, will be held at the Jalaram Hall in Vile Parle Mumbai on Tuesday 26th November from 5 pm to 6.30 pm.