On Thursday, Shabana Azmi treated fans to a rare family photo on Instagram. She posed with her screenwriter husband Javed Akhtar and his children, Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Aktar and his wife, Shibani Dandekar. What made their photo even more special was Javed’s first wife, veteran actor Honey Irani, who marked a rare appearance. Read also: When Javed Akhtar said he wasn’t a ‘conventional father’ to Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar
In the picture, Shabana in a white outfit had her arms around her Javed Aktar who wore a blue kurta. Beside him sat Zoya Akhtar. Farhan Akhtar was close to Honey Irani. Shibani also joined them and smiled at the camera.
Sharing the photo, Shabana wrote in the caption, “Hum sab saath saath hain (We are all together).” A fan commented on the photo and took to the comment section and praised them all, “There have never been so many talented people in one frame before, God bless you all.” “Big fan of the versatility each of you possess,” added another.
Someone also commented, “This is truly a liberated, comfortable family.” Meanwhile, Dia Mirza, Manish Malhotra dropped red heart emojis for the family.
Javed Akhtar was married to writer Honey Irani, and the two had Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar. They amicably separated in 1978. Later, Javed fell in love with Shabana Azmi and they got married in 1984. Javed and Shabana continue to maintain a friendly relationship with Honey.
In a chat with Twinkle Khanna, on the Tweak India YouTube channel, Shabana Azmi had previously admitted that her parents were not supportive of her relationship with Javed. She even credited Honey for not poisoning their children’s minds against her and for being “very generous” during the situation.
She said: “He (Javed Akhtar) was a married man, he had kids, it was really hard. And that’s why I think people shouldn’t speculate. It’s hard enough for the people involved and then just to gossip. And of course people will say, ‘You call yourself a feminist and how did you get into this situation?’”
She added, “Now this, the real good thing that happened, and I give Honey a lot of credit for it, because through it all she never poisoned the children’s minds against me.” She really could have been generous, and she would have been justified… But she never, never has. In fact, she sent the kids to London with us when they were very young, and that bonded, and it’s to her, and Javed’s honor, and my honor that we have such a healthy relationship with Zoya and Farhan. ‘ Javed Akhtar recently celebrated his 78th birthday.
Shabana will next appear in Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani.