Actor’s Master Class: Shabana Azmi

Actor’s Master Class: Shabana Azmi

Sat 6 April, 7.00pm | Phoenix Cinema, Leicester

Sun 7 April, 11.30am | BAFTA 195, London

Shabana Azmi is an internationally celebrated Indian film actress who believes art should be used as an instrument for social change.

Her entry into films marked the way for the Parallel Cinema Movement with Shyam Benegal’s Ankur in 1974. She has won five National Awards for Best Actress, three of them in a row, which is an unprecedented feat. She has also won five International Awards for Best Actress. Satyajit Ray in his book ‘Our Films Their Films’ says of her “In her very first film Shabana Azmi establishes herself as the finest dramatic actress in the country.”

Azmi is also highly respected as a social activist and tireless campaigner for the rights of women, slum dwellers and the underprivileged. She heads the Mijwan Welfare Society an NGO that works for empowerment of the girl child in rural India. Leading Bollywood designer Manish Malhotra has brought the craft of chikankari (exquisite traditional hand embroidery) of the Mijwan women to the doorsteps of the Indian film and fashion industry. Mijwan is today known all over the world as a model village that is replicable and scalable.

Azmi was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the President of India in 1997. She is a recipient of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. She was awarded the Gandhi International Peace Prize at the House of Lords in 2006. She also won the Crystal Award along with Mohammed Ali and Michael Douglas at the World Economic Forum 2006. She has been conferred five Doctorates by renowned universities both national and international. She has received the prestigious Martin Luther King, Rosa Park and Chavez Award and is Visiting Professor of the University of Michigan. She has recently been nominated as Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project initiated by Hillary Clinton.


Venue: Phoenix Cinema, Leicester
Sat 6 April, 7.00pm
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Venue: BAFTA 195, London
Sun 7 April, 11.30am