Shabana Azmi Awarded Freedom of the City of London

Shabana Azmi Awarded Freedom of the City of London

Famous actress Shabana Azmi has received the Freedom of the City of London for her immense contribution to Indian cinema and as a campaigner for women’s rights. The 73-year-old actress was given this award at the annual UK Asian Film Festival (UKAFF) to celebrate her 50 years in cinema. 

The Freedom of the City of London has been there since the 13th century. It is given to people to honour their outstanding contribution to London or public life or to celebrate a very important achievement. 

Shabani Azmi’s first acting debut was in Satyajit Ray’s 1974 ‘Ankur’. Since then, she has acted in over 100 films, including Indian and international. She is also the President of Nivara Hakk, which is an NGO, and heads the Mijan Welfare Society, which focuses on the upliftment of rural India.