Shabana Azmi with Controversial Roles in the Movies


There are few actors and actress in Bollywood, who accepted the controversial and bold roles in the film industry. Being criticize for her unorthodox roles, Shabana Azmi always speaks loud about it. Since 1996 with her film Fire came under serious kind of criticism, the film story was about a homosexual relationship. Then Made In Heaven has tackled the LGBTQ subject with skillful. The veteran actress Shabana Azmi has witnessed a change worth applauding.

When Deepa Mehta’s Fire had released, the film was heavily opposed. In her recent interview she said, “Look, which film released in 1996. Since then if I look at the journey till Made In Heaven, which is a recent example, I have to say that space has opened up, really.

Shabana Azmi with Controversial Roles

Shabana Azmi with controversial roles said that she always believed that films are a reflection of our society and good films can influence society.  According to her films and society is interlinked, they have a relation. But there is need to accept the picture of society and the roles has to be applauded.

While in Fire, Shabana played a housewife named Radha who falls in love with her sister-in-law, in the American independent film Signature Move, she essayed a mother to a girl who is lesbian. The latter film is about how with time, the mother tries to be compassionate towards her child when she comes out of the closet.

She further said that parental support is indeed the key, when a youngster is coming out of the closet. I would suggest a film (‘Evening Shadows’) by Sridhar (Rangayan)… It is a mother-son story.”

It is the story about a mother when she came to know about her son is homosexual, she gets horrified. But later how they understand each other… that is a very beautiful narrative.