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WEF to honour Shabana

The Indian actress Shabana Azmi and American director Michael Douglas will be honoured with the prestigious CRYSTAL award on January 28.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 15:26 IST
Arnab Banerjee
Arnab Banerjee

Shabana Azmi may not be doing many films, but does that make her any less of an important person? No, certainly not. She has several commitments and social engagements to keep her busy.

Azmi’s role as a social worker has been respected and duly credited as well. Her AIDS awareness campaign has been widely praised and applauded.

The World Economic Forum will honour Shabana Azmi and American actor/director Michael Douglas with the prestigious CRYSTAL award on January 28, 2006.

The awards will be handed out in Davos, Switzerland. The citation reads, "An award to artists who have achieved outstanding excellence in the field of culture and have used their art to reach out to other countries."

Prestigious recipients in the past have been Paulo Coelho, Peter Gabriel, Richard Gear, Nikita Mikhail Kov.

Shabana Azmi says, "I am deeply honoured. It is a recognition that extends beyond me."

"I have always admired Michael Douglas, and to be included in a list of previous recipients like Paulo Coelho and my favourite Russian director Nikita Mikhail Kov is an honour. I am humbled to receive this award," she adds.

But don't film roles interest her anymore? "I don’t like the word Bollywood," she asserts in a stern voice making it clear that she is an ardent India lover.

“I am looking at scripts but the roles have to be in accordance with my age and temperament. I cannot be playing inane characters,” she says.

There is a lot of buzz about her role in Umrao Jaan and Azmi adds to it, “I am excited about Umrao Jaan where I am playing Khanam's character which my mother (Shaukat Azmi) played in the Muzaffar Ali's version some two decades back. It is a challenge though I don't think I could lay the role half as well as she did. I am enjoying the film... Abhishek is in great form and Aishwarya Rai has put in her best. She looks stunning in the film."

She is presently shooting for an English film—Banglatown Banquet — being directed by Hettie MacDonald in London, and will fly from there to receive the award in person on January 28 in Davos.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 15:58 IST