Actress Shabana Azmi to get tribute at prestigious Florence film festival

Indian cinema icon Shabana Azmi talks about her life and work in Vancouver, in June 2013. Steve Bosch / PNG

IANS

Mumbai — Actress Shabana Azmi is set to head for the prestigious River To River film festival in Florence on Nov. 22 where the best of her work will be screened.

Azmi’s films to be screened include Shyam Benegal’s Ankur, Mahesh Bhatt’s Arth, Vinay Shukla’s Godmother and Deepa Mehta’s Fire. On the opening day, the renowned actress will also receive the  Pegasus of the Region Tuscany Award, presented by Tuscany’s regional councillor of culture, Cristina Scaletti.

“I’m honoured and humbled and grateful to the writers and directors who cast me in challenging roles,” said Azmi. “The Pegasus honour is big because when a state recognizes you, it’s very heartening.”

In Azmi’s 41-year career, she’s collected awards – both National and popular – by the dozen and has made her presence felt at various film festivals.

She’s had many retrospectives, such as the one at the New York Film Festival where she was the first actor ever to be honoured, as they normally reserve this for directors.

Retrospective of her films were also held at Cinematheque in Paris, at the British Film Institute London, Avignon, and Winnipeg, Toronto etc. in Canada.

Last year the River To River festival held a retrospective of Amitabh Bachchan’s films.

IANS 2013-10-27 12:52:08

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