Shabana Azmi on life in lockdown with Javed Akhtar – “He spends entire day binge watching OTT shows”

By | June 13, 2020

Shabana Azmi says the lockdown has made her  forget what dressing up means. “I am rolling around our house in anything. Kuch bhi kapde pehen leti hoon. Does this mean that we make an effort to dress up only for others? I wonder what  it would be like to make that effort to dress up again…whenever that happens!”

Shabana Azmi on life in lockdown with Javed Akhtar - He spends entire day binge watching OTT shows

Shabana recalls her mother, a voracious saree collector, would always be dressed properly. “Even at home, she was immaculately dressed. She believed one dresses up for one’s own satisfaction and not for others.”

Shabana has been working out of her home. “I am constantly attending webinars, monitoring the Covid-related activities of the Mijwan Welfare Society (an organization named after her father Kaifi Azmi’s native village) doing everything that I normally would except shooting.”

Shabana’s better-half Javed Akhtar has stopped all work. Says Shabana, “He has cut himself off completely from all social contact and spends the  entire day binge watching OTT shows. I finally know what a couch potato looks like.”

Didn’t Shabana watch any shows during the lockdown? “I can’t sit still for more than half an hour. But I did watch Vidya Balan’s short film Natkhat…very  very disturbing. It shows how patriarchal mindsets are normalized. I’ve always liked Vidya’s work, and her voice is remarkably expressive.”

During this time of lockdown, Shabana misses her mother, who passed way earlier this year, the most. “I feel after losing her I’ve been forced to finally accept that I am an adult now. There is no one I can throw tantrums with.”

COVID-19 apart, this year has been terrible for Shabana. “In January, I was in a near-fatal road accident (which I’ve completely blanked out from my mind). Then, I lost Mum. And now, this Covid  lockdown.”