Sunday, November 11, 2007

Indian girl power: Shabana gaana

Two days ago I stumbled on this very informative blog devoted to the Indian actress Shabana Azmi, one of the best actrices, if not the best, of Indian cinema. Azmi has been successful in both mainstrain Indian cinema and parallel cinema, with films that quite often touch on topics that are seen as controversial and sensitive in conservative Indian society.

Azmi is also a prominent social activist addressing issues such as AIDS, the slumdwellers and the position of women in general. In reality that often comes down to locking horns with religious fundamentalists, both Hindu and Muslim. Does she back down? Of course not, this is Azmi we are talking about.

Anyway, blogger Carla Miriam Levy has this great section called Shabana gaana. Do check it out. As a matter of fact, check out the whole blog, because it is really good and funny and not just for the Azmaniacs amongst us (yours truly included!). The picture above is taken from the blog itself. The title 'Sounds like Power' is based on a quote by Azmi herself: Say "Shabana' and it is nectar. Say 'Shabana Azmi' and it sounds like power."