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Shabana Azmi turns 67, Bollywood pays homage

Acclaimed Indian actress called inspirational by her colleagues in the film industry

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Actress Shabana Azmi

Veteran actress Shabana Azmi, who turned 67 on Monday, was wished a year full of love by Bollywood celebrities including Shekhar Kapur, Anil Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and Sonam Kapoor.

Azmi, daughter of poet Kaifi Azmi and stage actress Shaukat Azmi, made her film debut in 1974 with Ankur and soon became one of the leading actresses of parallel cinema. She has won five Indian National Film Awards for best actress and several international honours. She was also lauded with a Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour of the country.

Some of her known works include Arth, Khandhar, Amar Akbar Anthony and Neerja.

Here’s what celebrities have tweeted:

Shekhar Kapur: Happy Birthday to one of the best actors I have had the joy of working with, Shabana Azmi.

Anil Kapoor: Friendship of over 30 years! How time flies! Shabana Azmi happy birthday! May you always keep me on my toes!

Hrithik Roshan: Dear Shabana aunty, a very happy birthday to you. I wish you so much love. Have a wonderful year.

Sonam Kapoor: Wishing you the most amazing year ahead aunty! Lots and lots of love.

Huma Qureshi: Lots of love hugs and pyaar [love] always. Shabana Azmi, you are an inspiration.

Divya Dutta: And some people hold a very special place in your heart... you’ve always been truly special Shabana Azmi! Happy birthday. Lots of love.