MUMBAI: Veteran actor Shabana Azmi and her driver were injured on Saturday while husband and lyricist Javed Akhtar escaped unhurt in an accident near Mumbai.
The accident occurred near Khalapur on Pune-Mumbai Expressway. Shabana Azami was initially admitted to MGM Hospital in Panvel byt was later shifted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai.
“Veteran actor Shabana Azmi has been admitted at Kokilaben Ambani hospital. She is stable and under observation,” Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital CEO & Executive Director Dr Santosh Shetty said in a statement.
Shabani Azmi’s spokesperson told Indian news agency the actor ‘is fine’ and there is ‘nothing to worry about’.
With films like Arth, Khandhar, Paar Godmother and Masoom among more to her credit, Shabana is considered one of the finest actresses in Indian cinema. After her debut in 1974 film Ankur, she went on to become one of the prominent faces of the parallel cinema movement. She has also acted in plays and television shows.
Besides five National Film Awards, Shabana Azmi was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1988. Apart from being a powerhouse in the Indian film industry, Shabana is also a social activist.
She married celebrated screenwriter-lyricist Javed Akhtar in 1984. Shabana Azmi was last seen in the 2017 historical drama The Black Prince. Her upcoming film is Sheer Qorma, which also stars Swara Bhasker and Divya Dutta in the lead.