Eye On India presents Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar- In Conversation
A highly acclaimed actress, Shabana Azmi has acted in more than 140 Hindi films and several International films. She has won the National Award for Best Actress five times with an unprecedented hat trick of three of those in a row. She has also won several International Awards such as the Best Actress Award at Chicago Film Festival for Fire and Taormina Arte for Patang, Phnom Penh for Libaas, Toronto Reel World festival for Morning Raga. She has had countless retrospectives of her films, the most prestigious being at The New York Film Festival.
Shabana Azmi is also a very respected social activist and works for the rights of women, particularly the girl child, housing rights for slum dwellers, and is a vocal upholder of India's secular liberal values.
Javed Akhtar is a poet, lyricist and scriptwriter. He writes in Hindi and Urdu. His work reflects his consummate skill with words while also underlining his interest in politics and the struggle against religious fundamentalism. His first collection of poetry, Tarkash, is in its eleventh edition in Hindi, and its seventh edition in Urdu. He has been honoured with five national awards by the Government of India, including the Padmashri, the Padma Bhushan, and the Avadh Ratan, and has been awarded 15 Filmfare Awards for his contribution to films.
They will talk about 100 years of Indian cinema and their journey in the Indian Film Industry.
The talented young Indian vocalist Zeshan Bagewadi will be performing Ghazals from her movies at the event.
Drury Lane Theatre (View)
100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace
Chicago, IL 60181
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