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Celebrating 50 years of Shabana Azmi in Indian and International Cinema
Date and Time: Sun, Jun 02, 11 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: Theatre 2, Village East by Angelika, New York, NY
Director: Deepa Mehta
Length: 104 mins.
Year of The Film: 1996.

The screening of Fire will be followed by a conversation with Shabana Azmi and filmmaker Mira Nair.

Sita (Nandita Das) and Radha (Shabana Azmi) are two Indian women stuck in loveless marriages. While Sita is trapped in an arranged relationship with hercruel and unfaithful husband, Jatin (Jaaved Jaaferi), Radha is married to his brother, Ashok (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), a religious zealot who believes in suppressing desire. As the two women recognize their similar situations, they grow closer, and their relationship becomes far more involved than either of them could have anticipated. Directed by Deepa Mehta, "Fire" became a path breaking film and opened up conversations that were swept under the carpet. The film won Shabana Azmi, the Best Actress Award at the Chicago International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Outfest. It now holds the status of a cult film.

About Shabana Azmi
Shabana Azmi is an internationally celebrated film and theatre actress who believes art should be used as an instrument for social change.Her entry into films marked the way for the Indian Parallel Cinema Movement with Shyam Benegal's "Ankur" in 1974. She has won five National Film Awards for Best Actress, three of them in a row, which is an unprecedented feat. She has also won five international awards for Best Actress. Satyajit Ray in his book Our Films Their Films says of her In her very first film Shabana Azmi establishes herself as the finest dramatic actress in the country. Ms. Azmi is also highly respected as a social activist and tireless campaigner for the rights of women, slum dwellers and the underprivileged. She heads the Mijwan Welfare Society, an NGO that works for the empowerment of the girl child in rural India. MWS works on education, primary health and sanitation, skill development and employment generation. Leading Bollywood designer Manish Malhotra has brought the craft of chikankari (exquisite traditional hand embroidery) of the Mijwan women to the doorsteps of the Indian film and fashion industry. From being non-existent on the map of India, Mijwan is today known all over the world as a model village that is replicable and scalable. Ms. Azmi is the Chairperson of the Governing Board of Action Aid ndia Shabana Azmi was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the President of India in 1997. She is a recipient of the admashri and Padma Bhushan. She was awarded the Gandhi International Peace Prize at the House of Lords in 2006. At the Bicentenial celebrations of International Human Rights in Paris 1989 she was honoured along with Mother Theresa by President Mitterand of France. She also won the Crystal Award along with Mohammed Ali and Michael Douglas at the World Economic Forum 2006. She has been conferred five doctorates by renowned universities both national and international. She has received the prestigious Martin Luther King, Rosa Park and Chavez Award and is Visiting Professor of the University of Michigan. A former UN Goodwill Ambassador for Population and Development she continues to work on issues of Public Health.She has recently been nominated as Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project initiated by Hillary Clinton.[2] In May 2012, Mehta received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts