Shabana Azmi who turns a year older on September 18, is currently in Karjat shooting for The Moghuls, a webseries for Hotstar produced by Nikhil Advani.
The internet is a fascinating web for Shabana. “This is the first web series(for Hotstar) that I am doing. The reach of the medium is tremendous. The Moghuls is an adaptation of Alex Rutherfood’s historical book.It deals with Moghul history all the way from Babar to Aurangzeb.”
What fascinated Shabana was the space and attention given to the women figures from Moghul history.
She feels women have been treated with scant attention by Moghul historians. “I mean , everyone knows Mumtaz Mahalbecause Shah Jehan built the Taj Mahal for her. But what was she really like? I play Babar’s grandmother Esan Daulat. Not much is known about her. But she was the power behind the throne.When Babar was 12, she made sure he was crowned emperor.”
Shabana enjoys the freedom offered by the web. “One can tell a story as elaborately as one wants. Though Esan Daulat is little-known outside the domain of history books my character is done at length. I am shooting for 40 days for The Moghuls.”
So Shabana would be celebrating her birthday on the sets of The Moghuls. Any Birthday thoughts?
“Yes, to get rid of my dependence on the mobile phone. My phone has just crashed. And I feel no anxiety about losing my numbers. On the contrary it is extremely liberating to not have to depend constantly on the phone.So yes, this birthday I’d like to return to basic face-to-face conversations with people whom I care for.”
She reveals her huband Javed Akhtar is far more dependent on the mobile phone than she. “He says my mobile phone is the most immobile phone in the world because I never take it with me.He watches a lot of shows on his phone.”