By Rishabh Naudiyal Last Updated:
It's pretty impossible even to describe the excellence of legendary actress, Shabana Azmi in words. The five-time National Film Award for Best Actress awardee is often regarded as one of the greatest actresses in the history of Indian cinema. However, while her illustrious acting career needs no introduction, Shabana's marriage with Javed Akhtar is still one of the most talked-about real-life love stories of Indian cinema.
It was in the year December 9, 1984, when Javed Akhtar had tied the knot with Shabana Azmi. The legendary writer had met her for the first time at her father and famous poet, Kaifi Azmi's home and had instantly found himself being drawn towards her beauty. However, the actress had deliberately ignored him because he was already married to Honey Irani and was a father to two children, Zoya and Farhan. However, with time, things changed, situations changed, and Shabana had accepted Javed's genuine love for her and together, they had started their happy married life. It was only last year in 2020 when they had completed 36 years of marital bliss!
In an interview with the Filmfare in 2016, Shabana Azmi had burst the common bubble surrounded in public about her husband, Javed Akhtar, being so romantic in real life, credit to his heartmelting shayari and songs based on the concept of love. Addressing the same, Shabana recalled how girls approached her and asked her what it is like to be with a man who writes such romantic things. In her words, "Girls come up to me saying, 'You're married to a man who writes such romantic songs. How romantic must he be!' I say he doesn't have a single romantic bone in his body."
Going further in her interview, when Shabana Azmi was asked to reveal the key to her and Javed Akhtar's happy married life. The legendary actress gave a hilarious answer, stating that the secret is quite simple and it is 'they never meet'. She had said, "(The secret is) that Javed and I never meet. So where's the question of fighting?"
However, on a serious note, Shabana Azmi had stated that the biggest strength of their relationship is their friendship and added that her husband, Javed Akhtar, often says to her that even their marriage couldn't end their friendship. Explaining the same, Shabana had said, "It's based on mutual respect and friendship. Javed often says, 'Shabana is such a good friend of mine that even marriage couldn't destroy our friendship'. We're friends; we have the same world view. In many ways, he's like my father. In fact our backgrounds are so similar; I often say that we could have had an arranged marriage."
Coming back to her husband, Javed Akhtar, not being romantic in real life, when Shabana Azmi was asked to reveal the reason behind this strange fact. The iconic actress had surfaced her husband's logic behind the same, which is indeed hilarious but understandable. She had said, "His logic is, if you're a circus artiste and if you perform trapeze, do you hang upside down in your own house too? There's nothing romantic about our relationship."
On the professional front, Shabana Azmi is currently filming for Karan Johar's film, Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, alongside Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt.