Shabana Azmi's Films That Redefined Parallel Cinema in India

WRITTEN BY Saumya Jaiswar2022-09-17,11:52:17 entertainment

Masoom (1983)

Shabana redefined motherhood with Masoom, paired opposite Naseeruddin Shah. The film is a telltale of acceptance, love and parenthood.

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Ankur (1974)

With 3 National Awards, Shyam Benegal’s Ankur was Shabana’s first release. She played a Dalit worker Lakshmi, who cheats on her alcoholic husband with her employer.

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Mandi (1983)

Mandi is a narrative that surrounds a brothel, its madame and prostitutes. Rukmini Bai- played by Shabana shows struggles of the brothel-dwellers.

Arth (1982)

Arth brought Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil, two big names of parallel cinema, to the forefront together. Shabana’s character Pooja is deserted by her husband for another woman.


Sparsh (1980)

Naseeruddin and Shabana Azmi-starrer Sparsh swept three National Awards in 1980. Sparsh as the name suggests touches upon the plight of the visually-impaired.


Fire (1996)

Reflecting on the lives of women in a conservative family, Shabana & Nandita Das depicts how 2 women took refuge in a sexual relationship after facing neglect from their husbands.

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Libaas (1988)

Like most of Shabana’s films, this one too was much ahead of its time. Directed by Gulzar, the film revolves around couples of urban India having extramarital relations and adultery.

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Saaz (1998)

Movie features Aruna Irani and Shabana Azmi in the key roles. Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle, two great Bollywood singing sisters, are supposedly the inspiration for the plot.

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