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Shabana Azmi

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    Portrayal of Indian Women in Film


One of the most respected names in Indian cinema, actress, Shabana Azmi has starred in some of the most acclaimed Indian films including Ankur, Mandi, Arth, Sparsh, and Godmother. She has won numerous awards in India—including winning the National Award for Best Actress five times—and internationally at the Toronto Reel World International Film Festival, IIFA (Life Time Achievement 2005) and Chicago International Film Festival, among others. She has also acted in numerous stage production, as well as has been very active in social causes. She received the prestigious Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2006 for excellence in the field of culture, and having used her art to bridge the gaps between different cultures.
Shabana Azmi