Here's how Jaya Bachchan inspired Shabana Azmi to take up acting

On Bachchan's birthday, Azmi credited the Sholay actress's documentary Suman for joining the film industry.


Jaya Bachchan turned a year older on Sunday (9 April), and Padma Bhushan awardee Shabana Azmi credits the Sholay actress's documentary Suman for joining the film industry.

Captioning an image of Bachchan from the time of her younger days, Azmi tweeted on Sunday: "Salgirah mubarak (Happy birthday). Jaya Bachchan I joined films because of FTII film Suman in which you played the lead with such freshness."

The over 15-minute-long documentary Suman was made by the students of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in the 1970s.

Azmi and Bachchan are alumni of FTII.

Bachchan made her acting debut in 1963 with a Bengali film Mahanagar. She went on to feature in Hindi films like Guddi, Chupke Chupke and Bawarchi. 

Azmi entered the filmdom with ace director-screenwriter Shyam Benegal's Ankur, which also won her a National Film Award.