Losing a Legend
It is very unfortunate to lose people like Shaukat Azmi, wife of the late poet Kaifi Azmi and mother of actress Shabana and cinematographer Baba Azmi. She was a staunch supporter of the socialist cause, which is why she stood shoulder to shoulder with Kaifi sahib in his pursuit of a just and equitable society. She took part in the Progressive Writers Movement (PWM) and the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA). She also made a name as a theatre and film actress herself — acting in renowned productions such as ‘Garam Hawa’, ‘Umrao Jaan’ and ‘Salaam Bombay’ — and wrote a well-received autobiography about her life with Kaifi sahib, titled ‘Kaifi and I’ which was later turned into a play.