Tanvi Azmi Recalls Being Rebellious After Her Marriage With Baba Azmi, 'Brahmin Girl Married Muslim'

In a recent interview, Tanvi Azmi opened up about her rebellious nature and shared how her inter-caste marriage with cinematographer, Baba Azmi, sent shockwaves across the nation.


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Tanvi Azmi Recalls Being Rebellious After Her Marriage With Baba Azmi, 'Brahmin Girl Married Muslim'

Bollywood actress, Tanvi Azmi has been a part of the film industry since 1985 and always exuded a strong stance on screen. Despite being a famous face in Bollywood, the actress has never let the glitz and glamour affect her. Tanvi impressed everyone with her most striking performance as Ranveer Singh‘s mother in the film, Bajirao Mastani. Her recent appearance was in Amazon Prime’s web series, Dil, Dosti, Dilemma, wherein she played the role of Anushka Sen's grandmother, and the two were often seen having several differences.

Tanvi Azmi reflects on her inter-caste marriage with Baba Azmi

In a recent conversation with The Indian Express, Tanvi Azmi opened up about her personal life and revealed that she was rebellious while growing up. Recalling the exact moment when she started being a rebel, the actress revealed that when she got married to her husband, Baba Azmi, it sent shockwaves throughout Mumbai. She highlighted that her inter-caste marriage was a shock for people and added:

“I was an obedient child and then something happened… I always had some rebellious blood in me, but it was dormant. However, there came a point when I rebelled and how! It happened when I got married and it was a lot. I felt like the whole of Mumbai had erupted because a Brahmin Maharashtrian girl had married a Muslim man and it was just like the end of the world for many. For me, that was when rebellion began and it stayed, it just never went away.”

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Tanvi Azmi talks about the pressure of hailing from a family of achievers

For the unversed, Tanvi Azmi belongs to a family of achievers, as she is the daughter-in-law of poet and lyricist, Kaifi Azmi and actress, Shaukat Azmi.  Moreover, she is the sister-in-law of Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar. However, Tanvi never got bogged down with the pressure of hailing from such a notable household. Talking about the same, she said:

“It feels great to be a part of a family like that, but it never daunted me. It never made me feel like I need to achieve what others had achieved. That is their journey, I am happy with my journey as long as I get good and diverse work. My focus and my thrust is to do work that challenges me. My focus has never been that this person in my family has done this much or that much. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, so I have never compared myself to anybody or felt lesser because of the achievers in my family. I feel extremely proud of each and every one of them.”

Tanvi Azmi recalls her childhood memories with her grandparents

Tanvi further talked about her childhood, revealing that she grew up in a joint family and was pampered by her grandparents. Talking about her love and affection for her grandfather, she revealed that she was the apple of his eye. The actress said:

“I grew up in a joint family, I know what it feels like to have so many people around you constantly. So it felt like a very familiar surrounding. I miss my grandfather deeply, who pampered me no end and I thought that’s how men treat women. I was the apple of his eye, he would carry me till I was 8 years old. It is not something children of today will experience, especially in the urban society where parents don’t send their kids away to live with grandparents.”

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Speaking along the same lines, Tanvi further compared her childhood with that of the kids today and revealed that she feels a great sense of loss for them. She added that these days, children are more indulged in mobile phones and social media, while she used to spend her Sundays planting trees, cleaning streets, and doing some physical activity. Tanvi said:

“I feel a great sense of loss for today’s kids. They can’t have simple conversations, today you have the world in your hand so how is it that it only becomes about Instagram and social media, isn’t there more? What happens when it suddenly goes away? Then what are you going to do? As kids, every Sunday we would go and plant trees, clean streets, we do any physical activity, but I don’t see that now.”

On the work front, Tanvi Azmi was seen in the show, Maamla Legal Hai

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