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UK Readers: Win tickets to see Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar in Kaifi Aur Main in Birmingham on September 3

Starring Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar, the stage play Kaifi Aur Main is a tribute to the life of the renowned Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi. After, tremendous success in the Us, this exciting show is coming to the UK. On Saturday the 3rd of September at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and on Sunday September 4th at the O2 in London, audiences will get the chance to experience the magic of seeing esteemed actors Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar live. To celebrate Kafi Aur Main, we have a pair of tickets you can win to the show in Birmingham!

The stage production pays tribute to Kaifi Azmi, and recounts the beautiful, real-life love story shared by Kaifi and his wife, Shaukat Azmi, seamlessly juxtaposing romance, humour and tragedy through a theatrical experience that combines live music and stage drama.

The sweeping, romantic saga recounts the journey and struggles of Kaifi’s life
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Zee TV and Spectrum Events present ‘Kaifi Aur Main’ in association with Akshaya Patra & Deelicious Nazish’s Kitchen

After sell-out shows across USA, Canada, India and UAE, UK now plays host to the critically acclaimed theatrical presentation, Kaifi Aur Main, presented by Zee TV and Spectrum Events, taking place on Saturday 3rd September 2016 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham; and Sunday 4th September 2016 at Indigo at The 02, London.

The stage production pays tribute to renowned Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmi, recounting the beautiful, real-life love story shared by Kaifi and his wife, Shaukat Azmi, seamlessly juxtaposing romance, humour and tragedy through a theatrical experience that combines live music and stage drama.

The sweeping, romantic saga recounts the journey and struggles of Kaifi’s life set against the socio-political backdrop of pre-independent India, simultaneously exploring his celebrated works and love story that has inspired generations. The production is brought to life by luminaries of Indian cinema, veteran actress, Shabana Azmi, and renowned poet, lyricist and screenwriter, Javed Akhtar, interwoven with ghazals and
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Tanvi Azmi brings in a record-shattering 18th National Award into the Azmi-Akhtar Family

Tanvi Azmi brings in a record-shattering 18th National Award into the Azmi-Akhtar Family
With Tanvi Azmi bringing in the 18th National award into the family, the Azmis and Akhtars have accrued a total of 18 National awards.

Informs a member of the Azmi family, "Shabana Azmi's father, Kaifi Azmi won three National awards. Ishan Arya, Shaukat Kaifi's nephew cinematographer of Garam Hawa, won a National award. Javed Akhtar won five National awards, three of them in a row. Shabana Azmi won five National Awards; she too won three of them in a row. This is the only instance of a husband-wife pair winning five awards each and doing a hat trick!"

Tabu, who is Shabana Azmi's niece, has won two National awards. Farhan Akhtar has won one National award. And now, Tanvi Azmi for Bajirao Mastani.

So, that's 18 National awards in one family! Even the Minister Of Information & Broadcasting Arun Jaitley remarked, "The list of awardees in this family keeps extending!
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Introducing Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s new find Saiyami Kher

The teaser of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya sparked a lot of curiosity about the leading lady of the film Saiyami Kher. She is definitely being touted as one of the most promising debutants of 2016. For all those of you, who are curious to know more about this stunning girl, read on!

Born and brought up in Nasik, Saiyami moved to Mumbai to complete her education and graduated from St. Xaviers College in Mumbai. Her mother Uttara Kher is an ex-Miss India and father Adwait was a successful model and now runs a restaurant business.

Saiyami is also the granddaughter of renowned actress Usha Kiran and niece of Tanvi Azmi. Both Tanvi and Shabana have taken a keen interest in her career. Saiyami is also fortunate to have received guidance from Shaukat Azmi (Shabana Azmi’s mother).

Saiyami has also been a very popular Kingfisher model and a well-known model
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Shaukat Azmi hospitalized out of danger

All of last week Shabana Azmi was on tenterhooks as her mother, the legendary Shaukat Kaifi was in the hospital's ICU with a respiratory ailment. Shabana, who was shooting for Ram Madhvan's Neerja where she plays Sonam Kapoor's mother, rushed in and out of the studio and hospital, playing in her words, "mum to Sonam and mum to my own mum." Fortunately, Shabana's mom is out of danger now, just in time for Shabana to fly off to Cambodia for a summit. Says the relieved daughter, "Old age is truly a second childhood. Unnoticed my mother became my child but she continues to give me strength when I'm feeling weak." Dividing time between shooting and mothering her mom was not easy for Shabana. "Each time I left her in the hospital her face would fall like a child but then I'd say, "I have a very difficult scene,
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Salaam Bombay! special screening held in Mumbai with Mira Nair

Salaam Bombay! special screening held in Mumbai with Mira Nair
A special screening of Salaam Bombay! was held at Cinemax Versova on Saturday to commemorate its 25th anniversary in the presence of director-producer Mira Nair and screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala. Several members of the cast including Raghubir Yadav (Chillum), Hansa Vithal (Manju Golub) and Shaukat Azmi (Brothel madam) were in attendance.

On this occasion, Nair released the new trailer of her latest The Reluctant Fundamentalist which will open in Indian theatres on May 10.

“I began filmmaking with the ideological question of whether art can change the world and then Salaam Bombay! led to the formation of the Salaam Baalak Trust,” Nair said about her debut film which won a Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 1988 and was nominated for an Academy award in 1989.

Nair said she was happy to bring the film back to the young audiences in India.

Nair and Taraporevala also re-released the book “Salaam Bombay!” originally
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Shabana Azmi watches Barfi on her birthday

Shabana Azmi's home was a beehive of activity on Tuesday when the actress turned, in her words, "a very proud 62". Guests poured in, since her home is an open house of birthdays. However the birthday girl was nowhere to be seen. Her husband Javed Akhtar, mom Shaukat Azmi and sister-in-law who greeted an avalanche of guests from theatre, cinema and politics sheepishly kept up a face repeating the line, "Shabana will be back soon." However, it was a good 3 ½ hours before Shabana returned. When we asked about her mysterious disappearance and the panic it created Shabana laughed, "I took off on my own to see Anurag Basu's film Barfi. Can you believe it? On my birthday. I didn't want any company for the film. I like watching special movies in isolation so that conversation doesn't come in the way. Why on my birthday? Because a good film to
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Javed Akhtar’s bestselling book ‘Tarkash’ launched in Marathi by Lataji

Javed Akhtar’s bestselling book, Tarkash recently had its Marathi version launched at Rang Sharda. The translation has been done by Ms. Jayshri Desai, editor of Maitreya Prakashan. This is the first time that Javed Akhtar’s literature has been translated in Marathi.

Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar launched the hard-bound book while director Ashutosh Govarikar launched the ebook version. Post the launch Javed Akhtar recited select poems out of Akhtar’s arena of work. Sister-in-law Tanvi Azmi translated his recitation in Marathi which left the audience applauding for more. Also present were Milind Gunaji, Shabana Azmi and Shaukat Azmi. The final touch of perfection was given to the night by famous vocalists Shailaja Subramanyam, Dinesh Rana & Akanksha Palkar who enthralled the audience with their tribute to Javed Akhtar.

An exhilarant Jayshri Desai said, “It is one of the biggest achievements of my life to translate the works of Mr.
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The Glitterati loves Bubble Gum

It was a star studded premier of Sushma Kual Ravi produced film Bubble Gum. Inspite of heavy rains, family and friends from the industry poured in at Cinemax in Versova to lend their support. First one to arrive were naturally the producer Sushma Kual Ravi along with the director Sanjivan Lal. Then arrived the young teen heroine of the film Apoorva Arora and both the leads Delzad Hiwale & Sohail Lakhani. Other celebrities were Sachin Khedekar, Tanvi Azmi, Shabana Azmi, Shaukat Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Farhan Akhtar, Ashutosh Gowariker & Sunita, Yash & Pam Chopra, Satish Kaushik, Ramesh Talwar, Baba Azmi, Inder Kumar, Imtiaz Ali, Siddhartha Kanan etc. While director Amol Gupte had said “I relived my childhood with this film”, Imtiaz Ali found it to be a beautiful narration of teens’ dilemmas and joys. “I am so happy to have picked up this script. My faith in my director Sanjivan is rewarded,” comments the producer Sushma Kaul.
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Kaifi and I: Important document of an era gone by - Feature

Slowly but surely, and in trickles important nuances of Hindi cinema of an era gone by are coming out in the form of memoirs and one such memoir that adds to our understanding of the world of Hindi cinema is Kaifi And I: which is a memoir written by Shaukat Azmi, one of the pillars of the parallel cinema in Hindi films. As it is a biography it also provides valuable insight into the career graph of Kaifi Azmi one of the most unsung lyricists of Hindi cinema. He is the lyricist who wrote lyrics for Kagaz Ke Phool, Shola Aur Shabnam and Ek Ke Baad Ek...
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Evergreen melodies on stage in Vivek Oberoi's play Kingdom Of Dreams

Evergreen melodies on stage in Vivek Oberoi's play Kingdom Of Dreams
A large number of Lata Mangeshkar and Mohd Rafi's evergreen melodies from the 1950s will be used in the Bollywood-inspired play 'Kingdom Of Dreams' featuring Vivek Oberoi, Isha Sharwani and Gauhar Khan. It will be staged in May at the newly constructed theatre in Gurgaon near Delhi. Informs Javed Akhtar, "The first-half will have 11 evergreen melodies. The second-half will have 8-9 songs. We're still locking in on the final songs. There's dispute about some of the songs to be included." Javed has been on stage before. "I had seen a lot of theatre; I've written Kaifi Aur Main. But that is not pure theatre. And besides I've hardly used my own words in Kaifi Aur Main. I've either taken excerpts from Shaukat Azmi's book or interviews on video. 'Kingdom Of Dreams' is unlike anything done on stage in India. The kind of facilities I was provided was mind-numbing.
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Evergreen melodies on stage in Vivek Oberoi's play Kingdom Of Dreams

Evergreen melodies on stage in Vivek Oberoi's play Kingdom Of Dreams
A large number of Lata Mangeshkar and Mohd Rafi's evergreen melodies from the 1950s will be used in the Bollywood-inspired play 'Kingdom Of Dreams' featuring Vivek Oberoi, Isha Sharwani and Gauhar Khan. It will be staged in May at the newly constructed theatre in Gurgaon near Delhi. Informs Javed Akhtar, "The first-half will have 11 evergreen melodies. The second-half will have 8-9 songs. We're still locking in on the final songs. There's dispute about some of the songs to be included." Javed has been on stage before. "I had seen a lot of theatre; I've written Kaifi Aur Main. But that is not pure theatre. And besides I've hardly used my own words in Kaifi Aur Main. I've either taken excerpts from Shaukat Azmi's book or interviews on video. 'Kingdom Of Dreams' is unlike anything done on stage in India. The kind of facilities I was provided was mind-numbing.
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"Tabu and my mom are very close" - Shabana Azmi

Click above for more stills On Tuesday, Tabu released the English translation of Shabana's mother Shaukat Azmi's biography Kaifi & I on the legendary poet-activist-lyricist Kaifi Azmi. So far available to readers in an Urdu, Hindi, Marathi and Japanese, the English translation by Nasreen Rehman was released on Tuesday evening. Tabu unhesitatingly said yes. Explains Shabana, "Tabu and my mom are very close. It was important to have the book released by someone who's familiar with the language and the cultural ethos of those times. There could be no better choice than Tabu." When asked why the two of them had not done any movie together, Shabana replied, "It has to be something worth the while for both of us." About the book function, Shabana says, "It was lovely. Mum's admirers turned up in large numbers and she was in top form." Talk is now on to turn Kaifi & I into a film.
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"Tabu and my mom are very close" - Shabana Azmi

On Tuesday, Tabu released the English translation of Shabana's mother Shaukat Azmi's biography Kaifi & I on the legendary poet-activist-lyricist Kaifi Azmi. So far available to readers in an Urdu, Hindi, Marathi and Japanese, the English translation by Nasreen Rehman was released on Tuesday evening. Tabu unhesitatingly said yes. Explains Shabana, "Tabu and my mom are very close. It was important to have the book released by someone who's familiar with the language and the cultural ethos of those times. There could be no better choice than Tabu." When asked why the two of them had not done any movie together, Shabana replied, "It has to be something worth the while for both of us." About the book function, Shabana says, "It was lovely. Mum's admirers turned up in large numbers and she was in top form." Talk is now on to turn Kaifi & I into a film. The book
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Finally Shabana Azmi calls up Tabu for mum!

By Subhash K Jha

Feb 11, 2010: On Tuesday Tabu released the English translation of Shabana’s mother Shaukat Azmi’s biography ‘Kaifi and I’ on the legendary poet-activist-lyricist Kaifi Azmi.

So far available to readers in an Urdu, Hindi, Marathi and Japanese, the English translation by Nasreen Rehman was released on Tuesday evening.

Tabu unhesitatingly said yes.

Explains Shabana, “Tabu and my mom are very close. It was important to have the book released by someone who’s familiar with the language and the cultural ethos of those times. There could be.
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Finally, Shabana-Tabu come together

Mumbai, Feb 11 – Both are critically acclaimed actresses, but what brought Shabana Azmi and Tabu together was not a film but a book.

Tabu released the English translation of Shabana’s mother Shaukat Azmi’s biography ‘Kaifi & I’. So far available to readers in Urdu, Hindi, Marathi and Japanese, the English translation by Nasreen Rehman was launched Tuesday evening.

When asked to release the book, Tabu unhesitatingly said yes.

Explains Shabana: ‘Tabu and my mom are very close. It was important to have the book released by someone who’s familiar with the language and.
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Azmi wants to turn book into film

Shaukat Kaifi Azmi has said that she would like her book Kaifi and I to be made into a movie. The theatre actress and author also revealed that she would like Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor to play the main roles if her book was converted into a film. "I will be very happy if my book is transformed into a film," Azmi told Ians at the book's launch. "The love story (more)
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T te t te with Shabana Azmi and mom

Shaukat Kaifi’s, Yaad ki Rahguzar, returns in a new English avatar, packaged as Kaifi & I. Amazed that the book she almost left incomplete, is being read across the world in five languages, the actress-writer shares memories, with daughter Shabana Azmi urging her along and offering her own take on a life that she was also a part of. Originally written in Urdu as Yaad ki Rahguzar, your book has been translated earlier in Hindi, Marathi and Japanese, and is now coming out in English. When you were writing it, did you ever imagine that it would become so popular? Shaukat Kaifi: ...
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Shabana Azmi in Kolkata Book Fair - News

Actor Shabana Azmi released the English version of 'Kaifi Aur Main' a biographical account of her father Kaifi Azmi, at the Kolkata Book Fair Thursday evening. The book written by Shabana's mother Shaukat Kaifi is a memoir of their long marital life. The same evening, Shabana also released three DVDs, including one featuring late communist patriarch Jyoti Basu's biography. Author Nabanita Deb Sen was also present on the occasion...
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Biography of Shabana's father Kaifi, now released in Marathi

It can't get any more secular than this. Muslim poet Kaifi Azmi's biography written by his wonderfully passionate and articulate wife Shaukat is now available in Marathi. Shabana Azmi who was in Nasik for the book's release on Sunday, is in so many places at the same time, you wonder if she has an identical twin standing in for her at some events. Just the evening before on Saturday, Shabana was in Delhi on stage, performing her long- running play Tumhari Amrita with Farooq Sheikh. She laughs as she recalls the evening, "I was suffering from laryngitis on Saturday. My voice was completely gone. By evening it came back a bit. But the voice was so bass I wondered if I should perform Farooq's part instead. I managed with great difficulty." After managing well with the play in Delhi on Saturday, Shabana rushed to Nasik for her mom's book's release.
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