Shabana Azmi: Mee Raqsam celebrates father-daughter bond

Shabana Azmi: Mee Raqsam celebrates father-daughter bond

By: REDHEART | New Delhi |

Revealed: August 20, 2020 7:47:24 pm

Shabana Azmi says Mee Raqsam is a tribute to her father Kaifi Azmi.

Actor Shabana Azmi nonetheless remembers the dialog she had along with her father, legendary poet Kaifi Azmi, earlier than changing into an actor.

“Will you assist me?” she remembers asking her father.

“He stated, ‘I’ll assist you in no matter you do. If you wish to turn out to be a shoemaker, I’ll assist you offered you inform your self that you’ll attempt to turn out to be the most effective shoemaker within the enterprise’,” the actor advised REDHEART in an interview.

Elaborating on the connection along with her father, Shabana Azmi shared a childhood anecdote when she needed to have a doll with “blonde hair and blue eyes”.


“On the age of seven, I needed a doll with blonde hair and blue eyes like different ladies in my class. However my father gave me a black doll and stated ‘black is gorgeous’. Telling this to a seven-year-old was fairly peculiar, however these had been the values we inherited from him,” she stated.

Kaifi Azmi additionally instilled a love for India’s “composite tradition” in his youngsters that they’ve carried ahead of their works, newest being the movie Mee Raqsam (I Dance).

Shabana Azmi and her brother, cinematographer Baba Azmi are paying tributes to their father via the movie that revolves round Salim (Danish Husain) who stands resolutely along with his daughter Mariam (Aditi Subedi) when she needs to turn out to be a Bharatnatyam dancer.

Although the movie shouldn’t be primarily based on the connection that the 69-year-old actor shared along with her father, she stated the poet-lyricist was equally supportive of her in actual life.

“The movie shouldn’t be primarily based on my life with my father, but it surely celebrates the father-daughter bond. It was shot in Mijwan, a village in japanese UP, when my father was born. So Baba determined to make this movie in his birthplace within the yr of his beginning centenary. There can’t be a greater tribute to him,” she stated.

Born on January 14, 1919 in Mijwan village, close to Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, Kaifi Azmi would have turned 101 this yr.

Mee Raqsam, which marks Baba Azmi’s directorial debut, celebrates India’s inclusiveness and pluralism, which the actor described because the nation’s “biggest power”.

“This movie particulars the distinction between our faith and cultural heritage. It celebrates India’s composite tradition which is a particularly vital message in today’s occasions. My father used to rejoice all festivals like Eid, Diwali, Holi, Christmas, and so forth with nice gusto. Now we have carried on that custom. It makes me joyful that Zoya and Farhan have additionally carried on that custom.”

Mee Raqsam additionally options Naseeruddin Shah, her co-star of many films. He performs the narrow-minded neighborhood chief averse to Mariam pursuing Bharatnatyam, a personality in stark distinction to his actual life persona.

Calling Shah her “most favorite” co-actor, Shabana Azmi stated he performed the function so properly that “obscurantism was popping out from each pore of his physique”.

“Naseer and I’ve labored collectively a lot that we’ve spent more time with one another than I’ve with Javed and he has with Ratna,” she quipped.

The actors, each graduates from the Movie and Tv Institute of India, have starred in various movies comparable to Sparsh, Mandi, Masoom, Paar, Khandhar, amongst others.

“Now we have performed poor husband and spouse, wealthy husband and spouse, and center class husband and spouse. Now we have performed all varieties of roles collectively.

“Appearing is all about reacting. If you look into the eyes of your co-star and there’s reality in his eyes, giving a response turns into a lot simpler,” she added.

Within the 1980 movie Sparsh, directed by Sai Paranjpye, Shah was so convincing as a visually impaired principal that Shabana Azmi would typically neglect that he was not blind in actual life.

“After the pictures, I might typically go and assist him climb down the steps, and he would say, ‘Muaaf karo, meri aankhein hain (Thanks, however I can see)’,” she recalled.

The movie additionally helped debutante Subedi, born and introduced up in Mijwan, realise her dream of changing into an actor. She beforehand walked the ramp at designer Manish Malhotra’s style present for the NGO Mijwan Welfare Society (MWS).

Based by Kaifi Azmi, MWS was launched with the aim of making employment alternatives for the area’s girls and ladies, and reviving the artwork of ‘chikankari’ embroidery.

“Aditi was chosen after rounds of auditions. She walked the ramp on the Manish Malhotra style present two years in the past with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma.

“It was her dream to turn out to be an actor. Now she has labored on this movie and this correlates so strongly with the character of Mariam that she performs within the movie,” stated the actor.

In response to Shabana Azmi, the supply of content material on digital platforms has been a blessing in the course of the lockdown.

“It’s marvelous that we are able to view these movies today on streaming providers. Throughout lockdown one factor that has saved us going is the supply of movies, stories. You come to know the way vital these arts actually are to melt the tough edges of life.”

Requested why her movies like Nishant (1975) and Mandi (1983) proceed to resonate with cinema buffs, the actor stated these films are part of “India’s consciousness of that point”.

“Until you’ve robust roots in movies, music, artwork, portray, or theatre, you may’t speak excessive and assume internationally,” she added.

On the performing entrance, Shabana Azmi will subsequent be seen in Sheer Qorma. Mee Raqsam begins streaming from August 21.

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