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Shabana Azmi watches Barfi on her birthday

20 September 2012 4:25 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

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 »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Javed Akhtar’s bestselling book ‘Tarkash’ launched in Marathi by Lataji

29 May 2012 11:25 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

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. »

- Prateeksha Khot

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