Los­ing a Leg­end

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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.

Asin Joshi,

As­sam, In­dia

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