One can safely say that Shabana Azmi has been one of the pillars of the art cinema moment in India. Her body language, her beautiful face, her expressive eyes make for one hell of a combination. She makes acting look easy. She can seep into any character, be it that of a disillusioned wife in Arth, a madam in Mandi, a social worker in Sparsh or a girl trying her hard to just exist in Khandar. She has worked with the best of directors and has brought grace to every role she has enacted. On the occasion of her birthday, which falls on September 18, we bring you a list of Shabana Azmi Movies down the years…
1. Shabana Azmi Movies – Ankur (1974)
Director: Shyam Benegal
Cast: Anant Nag, Shabana Azmi, Sadhu Meher, Priya Tendulkar
Lakshmi (Shabana Azmi) works as a housemaid in the landlord’s house and is married to a deaf-mute drunkard (Sadhu Meher). She has an affair with the landlord’s son, Surya (Anant Nag), who has come to the village on his father’s insistence to run the family business but finds life stifling in the backwater community. After being accused of stealing, Lakshmi’s husband faces the wrath of the villagers and later disappears. That’s when Lakshmi and Surya’s bond grows beyond physical boundaries. Things change when Surya’s wife comes home. Lakshmi is pregnant and Surya refuses to accept any responsibility towards her. Instigated by his wife, he throws her out of the house. At this juncture, her husband comes back in her life to make amends. This was Shabana’s first release and the film won her the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance.