Shabana Azmi on Kangana Ranaut's attacks on Bollywood: She fears the day she will no longer make headlines

Calling Kangana Ranaut's attacks against the Bollywood industry 'outrageous', Shabana Azmi also stated that the actress should stick to acting.
Shabana Azmi on Kangana Ranaut's attacks on Bollywood: She fears the day she will no longer make headlines.
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Amidst the ongoing pandemic, 70-year-old Shabana Azmi is back to work and has resumed shooting on a period series. The actress had even taken to Instagram a while ago and shared a photo of her crew all strapped up in their PPE suits. Recently, in an interview to Mumbai Mirror, the senior actress revealed that as part of her new series she also did some intense action scenes.   

Shabana Azmi also opened up on the unrest in Bollywood that has followed after the tragic demise of Sushant Singh Rajput. Sharing her thoughts on the subject, she said, "My primary identity is that of being a Hindi film industry and I am very proud of it. Unfortunately, the Hindi film industry is a sitting duck; it is easy to hurl malevolent accusations. It is a systematic campaign to divert attention rom real issues, failing economy, China border tensions, spiraling Covid cases, and farmers’ agitation by putting the spotlight on the supposed ills of the film industry." 

She added, "So ‘Justice for Sushant’ has given way to ‘Weed out the Druggies' the goal post keeps changing. Instead of focusing on mental health as a serious issue in our society, it’s sensationalism at play."  

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The new normal! Getting ready for shooting

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When asked about Kangana Ranaut's attack on the industry, Shabana called her statements 'outrageous'. The veteran actress said, "Kangana has started believing in her own myth. She says she taught feminism to the film industry, she taught it nationalism I’m glad she spelled that out because nobody else had noticed! I think she fears the day when she will no longer be in the headlines and so has to keep making outrageous statements to stay in the news. Poor girl, why doesn’t she just do what she is best at, which is acting."

Shabana added that every industry has its own ills, but one cannot paint the whole lot with the same brush.

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Anonymous 3 months ago

Kangana should not forget that what she is today is because of Bollywood. Other wise no one knows her. And istead of insulting and criticizing her seniors in the field, she must learn to respect them. Her arrogant attitude shows her brought-up.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Probably, judiciary is bent upon maligning and tarnishing its own image. Remember, recent decision on Shaheenbagh by SC, what should be done with the decision given by SC "batti bana kar pichchware...."

Anonymous 3 months ago

Probably, judiciary is bent upon maligning and tarnishing its own image. Remember, recent decision of SC on shaheenbagh, what should be done with the decision given, "batti bana kar pichchware......". "Leftists ke kabze se judiciary ko mukt karana" and limit the value of votes of people demanded partiti on of India at the time of independence to 4.5% ( as only 4.5% favored united India during provincial election on partition ground) . Only these two solution left for prosperous future of Hindustan.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Shabana ji you don’t make sense. Your brand of chaploosi for benefits is legendary. Kangana has achieved more than you in life on her own. Her roles have been 200 times more versatile than your poor woman type stereotypical roles. You are obsolete!

Anonymous 4 months ago

What a despicable person bahana azmi is. If anyone fears irrelevance it’s you madam not Kangana! Your barb is well timed with the PR happening around aiims leaks but it is too predictable.

Anonymous 4 months ago

All of you people who are sitting here posting hate comments on here about either actor on their personal lives should go f^@^ yourselves because you all are acting like you people go and sleep in their homes to know so much!! The lady was asked about her thoughts and she gave a reply she and so does everyone else in the world has the right to free speech!!

Anonymous 4 months ago

Shabana should shuts up her trap instead of supporting one woman doing all those nice things to encourage other women to stand up for their rights.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Just look at the arrogance in her tone. She sounds worse than the people she constantly is critical of. Why can't she accept the bullshit that has been going on under them and try to speak up and change it instead of acting like the queen who is being questioned. So easy to question the prime minister but not own colleagues. Hypocrite Shabana!

Anonymous 4 months ago

Wow Shabana i used to think you had some ....

Anonymous 4 months ago

Yes Kangana make sensational comments, yes sometimes over the top. But, funny part is that they are true. By being one sided and not taking balanced approach, Bollywood is loosing its credibility. It is beyond me why are these actors so defensive...

Anonymous 4 months ago

Only RSS terrorists support KR.... For them everyone else is jihadi... liberals ... blah blah... Stupid bhakts ... KR is using them for be in news... Shabana has nailed it... KR needs to make headlines

Anonymous 4 months ago

Let us talk logical. Whereever people like u are present or reached in recent times, one cannot think of peace prevailing over there. Remember, before partition of India, provincial election was held and only 4.5 % of ur people opted unified India. But, additional 4% bastards out of people who opted division of this nation stayed back. They became " Kodh and tathakathit budhijeevi and kalakaar became khaaj in Kodh"

Anonymous 4 months ago

These old ppl so bitter

Anonymous 4 months ago

Shabana Azmi was a always so threatened by Smita Patil's talent cos Smita was 100 times better than her on screen. This gave her sleepless nights.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Open your eyes shabana. And remember The only ground we don’t see Is the ground We stand on. Bollywood you need to earn back audiences trust through actions not question your audience.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Shabana Azmi has hit the nail right on the head. Kangana will commit suicide if she doesn't make the headlines.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Pathetic shabana and all her supportes we the public know exactly that on pinkvilla all the bollywood uneducated acors and actresses specially kareena aunty and karan aunty are commenting all the time, guys just open your delusional eyes the world stands with kangana and SSR no matter what you try bollywood is over! plenty of other film industries around the globe Pinkvilla lets see if you are gonna post my comment or are you sold out as well ?!

Anonymous 4 months ago

Ms Azmi Kangna rants no doubt, but she is better than snakes and hypocrits like you, What do you do to be in news? JNU? NRC!! The list is endless, you disgusting lot. #BoycottBollywood

Anonymous 4 months ago

oh yes, Ms. Jihadi Madam, you have made numerous statements on non-film matters. You you better shup up and mind your business.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Shabana is correct . The sisters are full of hate speeches for their own selfish reasons.

Anonymous 4 months ago

She is against kangana becoz they all r supporter of rhea.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Shabana azmi ji is absolutely right

Anonymous 4 months ago

oh sure and you have no vested interest, so why do you still propagate the suicide theory? The investigation has not even concluded and here you are talking about mental health. Why dont you go and talk about mental health, who is stopping you? Ure problem is that you dont want others to unearth the truth about Sushant. Kangana has just as much the right to express her views just as you do. I dont agree with her completely but she speaks the truth. Please get out of your entitled mindset and see the forest, dont count trees. Maybe you should stick to acting cos you are neither an advocate of anything, all you did was act in art films cos u didnt fit in commercial cinema.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Rangoli, are not tired of posting rubbish yet?

Anonymous 4 months ago

So nicely put together. You and the actors of your genre are the nothing but gems of the industry.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Shabana Azmi and the Akhtars are anti-Hindu, anti-National parasites who instigate their followers against the government. Fancy the pot calling the kettle black. Kangana Ranuat is no saint, but she is one gutsy woman who calls a spade a spade.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Shabana is an Atheist and non practicing muslim who only has a muslim name. Nothing more.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Well said Shabana Azmi

Anonymous 4 months ago

I m sure she doesnt fear a day when she will no longer be remebered. She is now settled with a married man and 2 bacho ka baap, who will do everything to keep her in news. Her to be gold digger daughter in law is again romancing 2 bacho ka baap. Women like these dnt fear tht day. Men will dump.their wives and children and take care of such women. Independent women may fear or may not. U hav no qualification to judge independent single self respecting women. Pls post.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Y don't you speak against Anti-Nationals?? Ohh I forgot you are a hypocrite and biggest anti-national herself.

Anonymous 4 months ago

do you even know a single article from that bill, Puki PR?

Anonymous 4 months ago

U dont u comment on farmers bill rather than sitting here and teaching others what to do n what not...just the way u got freedom to say waterver she got one too...only difference is that u have not worked hard enough to give interviews but she has...she is a name and u r nameless..hahaha

Anonymous 4 months ago

Check Manoj Bajpayee's interview with Anubhav Sinha by India Today on Youtube dated 15 September. Even he says vested interests are maligning Mumbai & the industry. And he is an outsider like Kangana, by the way.

Anonymous 4 months ago

So? Is he supreme court of Bollywood?

Anonymous 4 months ago

Shabana should get ready ready for attacks from Hindu Taliban on her religion, marriage, work. They really fight dirty. But still happy that someone like Shabana spoke.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Thank god someone finally spoke!

Anonymous 4 months ago

शबाना जी आपने CAA NRC के विरोध में शाहीन बाग, दिल्ली यूनिवर्सिटी और जामिया में प्रर्दशनकारियों के बीच घुसने वाली दीपिका, स्वरा और तापसी को अपनी ये नेक सलाह क्यों नहीं दी । और न ही कभी अपने पति के राजनीतिक बयानों पर कोई टिप्पणी की ।

Anonymous 4 months ago

Kyunki kisi ne poochha nahi...agar poochha hota toh salah deti...hahaha

Anonymous 4 months ago

Kangana nahi, inki gold digger druggie bahu ke gharwale hai.

Anonymous 4 months ago

cuz shes pseudo libleral

Anonymous 4 months ago

Kangana ki jali. Tu hi kar rahi hai na cmmnt.

Anonymous 4 months ago

The biggest parasite...is kangana Kangal chandal and her boss ... who are ruining are country dividing it on basis of faith,caste region etc is BJP, godhi media and BJP unemployed it cell

Anonymous 4 months ago

Respect for Shabana ji for a giving an apt reply, this is class but what does Kangana know about this word "class"? Shabana Azami, Samita Patil, Meena Kumari, Nargis, Nutan (and many more) defined the words "femininity" and "women power" in Bollywood without ever ranting about it. Their work speaks volumes about it. This shameless woman Kangana with mediocre acting skills got two low budget hit films and started to dance at roof tops about success and feminism. Does she even understand this word?

Anonymous 4 months ago

Only movie kangu has worked well is where she played a psycho or maniac.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Real life role.

Anonymous 4 months ago

I bet PV is deleting tons of comments from team hugna asking shabna ji to go to Pakistan . Hugna and team thrive on this name Pakistan. It's their quick asset and daily roti.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Kamla Ranaut aka Kangana Ranaut khule me hagna band karo.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Do you still live in a chawl in Mumbai? Did you go to a reputable educational organization to learn all this? What kind of language are you using?

Anonymous 4 months ago

I m at a loss for words whenever I see people lauding kangana's acting abilities.. she is absolutely subpar.. her dialogue delivery is so shoddy... she has consistently done similar roles.. hardly any variation... it's funnier when ppl bash legends like shabana urmila Naseerundin shah and others who have spoken against kangana... these guys are iconic kangana even in her dreams can't match uptk them... bloody self proclaimed "diva/ queen of bollywood" ... she is nothing but an idiot living in a bubble!

Anonymous 4 months ago

since we know termites support khangress.

Anonymous 4 months ago

spot on

Anonymous 4 months ago

Since when being anti BJP became being anti national?

Anonymous 4 months ago

I thought we were speaking abt cinematic brilliance and not nationalism...

Anonymous 4 months ago

I thought we were still speaking of cinematic brilliance and not nationalism...

Anonymous 4 months ago

Do u want an anti-national good actor or a patriotic average actor?? That will also reveal ur inner state of mind as far as country is concerned

Anonymous 4 months ago

Hagna stop ranting about everything and learn something from Shabana ji and other actresses.

Anonymous 4 months ago

This is called hitting the nail on its head. Kangana Ranaut has not even studied Hindi flim industry. Actor like Shabana ji , Smita Patil , Zeenat Aman , jaya Bhaduri all have done feminist and nationalist roles. The problem is lack of education.

Anonymous 4 months ago

education???? as of having so called ivy league education makes you a good patriotic person

Anonymous 4 months ago

Iconic Insaaf ka Tarazu!!

Anonymous 4 months ago

No one can claim to study hindi film industry. Ye ksi ek ke baap ki nahi hai jaisa ki ye hero heroine ek baap ke nahi hai...

Anonymous 4 months ago

zeenat?

Anonymous 4 months ago

Kangana knew with her such behaviour no longer people will work with her so she is just making her path clear with political agendas so that later she can join politics nothing else. where is now she talking about SSR case now she is more into drugs case and forget about her ownself being druggie

Anonymous 4 months ago

I hated Bahana Azmi but for this statement 1000 kisses and hugs to you.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Very well said ma’am. I wish she had some brain to use but all she is trying to defame all industry and trying to be its saviour forgettable act is she thought feminism and patriotic behaviour came only after her queen and Manikarnika. she knows nothing about Bollywood and trying to be a hero

Anonymous 4 months ago

Do you have chicken brain?

Anonymous 4 months ago

Damn right Shabana