Trust the ever-enterprising Shabana Azmi to be a pathbreaker forever. Just when we think she has done it all, she springs another surprise. This time it’s a road trip across Italy that the formidable Azmi has undertaken along with five Gujarati friends.
Taking time off for a few minutes to tell me about her daring adventure Shabana says, “I am on a 10-day trip with fiveGujju girlfriends to Italy. When the travel agent learned that the average age of group was 60 years, his spontaneous reaction was ‘Baap Re Baap!’ which is now the official name of the group!”
The Baap re Baaps are carrying ample supplies of Gujarati snacks theplas chivda and chakli with us. They met up in Zurich flew to Rome and then they were off to drive all over Italy.
So is this Shabana’s way of appreciating the footloose philosophy of her stepdaughter Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi NaMilegi Dobaara?
Shabana chortles, “Oh, Zoya has disowned us!!”