Actor Shabana Azmi's mother Shaukat Kaifi passed away here on Friday as she succumbed to age-related illness. She was 93. She was a renowned actor of yesteryears.
Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar, who is also son-in-law of Shaukat Kaifi, confirmed the news of the death of the theatre and film actor.
"She was 93 and was having one problem after another. She was admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. For certain days she was in the ICU and then she was out of ICU. It was all age related," he said. "Ultimately they brought her home. She wanted to come back to her own room where she stayed for a day or two and then passed away. Shabana is in Mumbai," Akhtar, who is in the US, said.
The last rites will be held on Saturday noon. Many Bollywood celebrities paid their last respects to the Ms Kaifi at her family residence. Pics from the day were shared by paparazzi Viral Bhayani. Amitabh Bacchchan, Rekha, Manish Malhotra, Tabu, Shabana, Boney Kapoor, Urmila Matondkar, Satish Kaushik and others arrived at the venue.
Kaifi's husband was the celebrated Urdu poet and film lyricist, Kaifi Azmi. She and her husband were leading lights of the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) and the Progressive Writers Association (IWA), which were the cultural platforms of the Communist Party of India. Besides Shabana Azmi, Kaifi is also survived by son Baba Azmi.
Shaukat Azmi Kaifi's made stunning performance in the films "Bazaar", "Umrao Jaan" and Mira Nair's Oscar-nominated film "Salaam Bombay!". Saathiya" was her last film.