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Shabana Azmi awarded Freedom of the City of London


Renowned actress Shabana Azmi has been awarded with the prestigious Freedom of the City of London. This was to recognize her illustrious career in Indian cinema and her tireless advocacy for women’s rights.

Recognition for a Storied Career

Azmi’s nomination for the honor was put forward by Alderman Alastair King DL and Deputy Brian Mooney BEM. With a career spanning over five decades, Azmi made her mark with her debut performance in Satyajit Ray’s 1974 film ‘Ankur’. Since then, she has appeared in over 140 Hindi films and 12 international productions. She has earned accolades such as five National Awards for Best Actress and six Filmfare Awards.

Tribute to a Trailblazer

The upcoming UK Asian Film Festival will pay homage to Azmi’s iconic portrayals of women over the past half-century. Beyond her cinematic achievements, Azmi is a vocal advocate for public health and women’s rights. She is serving as President of Nivara Hakk and leading the Mijwan Welfare Society.

Celebrating Contributions to Society

City of London Corporation Policy Chairman, Chris Hayward, expressed his admiration for Azmi’s multifaceted contributions. He lauded her as a trailblazer in global cinema and an inspiration to women worldwide. Alderman Alastair King DL echoed these sentiments, praising Azmi for her remarkable impact on and off the screen.

Grateful Acknowledgment

Speaking after the ceremony, Azmi expressed her deep gratitude for the recognition, emphasizing the power of cinema and activism to effect meaningful change in society. She pledged to continue using her voice and platform to advocate for positive transformation.

Ancient Tradition Recognizing Modern Achievements

The Freedom of the City of London, an ancient tradition dating back to 1237, is conferred upon individuals in recognition of their outstanding contributions to London or public life. Recent recipients include prominent figures from various fields, underscoring the diverse impact of this prestigious honor.

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