Internationally acclaimed Indian actress Shabana Azmi and her husband, noted poet and lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar, will bring a very personal story to theatre audiences to New Zealand.

The famous duo will be starring in Kaifi Aur Main— a theatrical presentation celebrating the life and artistry of progressive Urdu poet and film lyricist Kaifi Azmi as seen through the eyes of his wife, noted stage actress Shaukat Kaifi.

Shabana Azmi, the daughter of Kaifi and Shaukat, will portray her mother on stage, while her husband takes on the role of Kaifi.

Azmi, who made her film debut in 1974 has appeared in more than 120 Hindi and Bengali films and several foreign projects as well. Apart from being an actor, she is also a social and women’s rights activist. Her films such as Arth, Khandhar, Paar and Godmother earned her the coveted National Film Award.

She has always experimented with the kind of work she does, and we have seen that in her work in Deepa Mehta’s Fire, Shyam Benegal’s Nishant, Junoon, Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj ke Khilari and several other films.

Not only in art cinema, she has also made a mark in commercial cinema with hits such as Amar Akbar Anthony and Parvarish.

Once pointing out the differences in various media form, she once remarked that theatre was really the actor's medium; the stage was the actor's space; cinema was the director's medium; television was a writer's medium.

Her husband, Javed Akhtar, also needs no introductions. The noted poet is the recipient of Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Sahitya Akademi Award and has five National Film Awards to his credit.

His scripts have been some of the most successful works in Bollywood including Andaz, Haathi Mere Saathi, Seeta Aur Geeta, Yaadon ji Baaraat, Zanjeer, Deewar, Sholay, Kranti, Mr India and in recent times films such as Dil Chahta Hai, Rock On! and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.

Kaifi Azmi’s ghazals and film songs will be performed by talented ghazal singer Jaswinder Singh with the live orchestra.

Jaswinder Singh is a new age Ghazal singer and has performed in more than 300 live concerts nationally and internationally in USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Muscat.  

Tickets are available online at You can also purchase your tickets from Lotus Super Market, 64 Stoddard Road Mt Roskill, Yogijis Food Mart 26 Carr road Mt Roskill, and Auckland Indian Sweets and Snacks 24 Avenue Road Otahuhu.