Int’l Gandhi Peace Prize for Shabana


Veteran actress Shabana Azmi has added one more feather to her crowded cap by bagging this year’s International Gandhi Peace Prize.

The prize has earlier gone to the likes of Nelson Mandela and Coretta Scott Young. “I’m quite honoured,” Shabana said from Jaipur. “I believe they had me in mind for this award for some time in recognition of my work with slum dwellers.”

Shabana will attend the ceremony in London with husband Javed Akhtar. “It will be given to me at the House of Lords in London on October 26. And I won’t have Javed miss this moment in my life for the world,” said Shabana.

Apart from social work, Shabana is giving equal attention to her acting career and has three films lined up before the end of the year.

There’s Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd and The Contest. But the first Shabana starrer to hit the screen will be JP Dutta’s Umrao Jaan where she plays Aishwarya Rai’s mother. What excites Shabana is the historical significance of the part. “My mother has played Umrao’s mother in Muzaffar Ali’s film. And now I’m playing Umrao’s mom in JP’s film. Isn’t that neat?”