Javed Akhtar gives an update on Shabana Azmi's health and when she'll be back home

Updated: Jan 23, 2020, 12:33 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Shabana Azmi recently met with an unfortunate accident and was rushed to the hospital. And now, Javed Akhtar has opened up on her health and when she'll be back home.

Picture Courtesy: Mid-day Archives
Picture Courtesy: Mid-day Archives

Veteran actress Shabana Azmi recently met with an unfortunate accident on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and was rushed to MGM Hospital, Panvel. She was later shifted to the Kokilaben hospital in Mumbai for further treatment. And her fans and admirers were worried about her health.

And talking to Bollywood Hungama about the same, Javed Akhtar has commented on her health and when she'll be back home. Talking to Bollywood Hungama, he said, "There is good news. All tests and medical reports including the MRI are positive. No serious harm was done. We can all breathe a sigh of relief."

While she was in the hospital, Bollywood celebrities like Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar, Shibani Dandekar, Anil Kapoor, Tabu, Satish Kaushik paid a visit to the actress at the hospital. And now, after Akhtar's clarification about her health, her fans and all the admirers can take a sigh of relief.

Azmi, for the uninitiated, will be seen in Steven Spielberg's next production, Halo.

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    Shabana Azmi, who met with an accident on Saturday, at Mumbai-Pune Express Highway, is currently under observation at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. All pictures/Yogen Shah

    In picture: Farhan Akhtar's ex-wife Adhuna Bhabani was snapped by the paparazzi at the hospital.

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    A host of family members and fraternity friends visited the recovering actress over the weekend.

    In picture: Javed Akhtar's ex-wife Honey Irani, along with daughter Zoya Akhtar also paid a visit to Shaban Azmi at the hospital.

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    For the uninitiated, Shabana Azmi sustained injuries on Saturday when her car collided with a truck on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, near Khalapur toll plaza. The actress was immediately admitted to Panvel's MGM Hospital and later shifted to Andheri's Kokilaben Hospital.

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    A source close to Shabana Azmi said in an interview with mid-day, "Shabanaji is under observation. There are a few tests going on. She is conscious and stable and there isn't anything to worry about."

    In picture: Javed Akhtar, who remained unhurt in the incident, as he was travelling in a different car, reached the hospital.

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    The accident took place around 3.45 pm. Shabana Azmi was heading towards Pune from Mumbai.

    In picture: Shibani Dandekar also paid a visit to Shaban Azmi at Kokilaben Hospital.

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    Deputy Superintendent of Police Dr Ranjit Patil said, "The Tata Safari Azmi was in, was being driven by Amlesh Yogendra Kamat, 38, and their car hit the truck. Azmi and Kamat suffered injuries and were rescued by the highway police along with Roadway Patrolling and the Delta Force. Javed Akhtar, Azmi's husband, was travelling on the same route, but in another car. Azmi and Kamat's condition is stable."

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    The FIR has already registered against the driver, and the report stated that "Due to rash driving by the driver, the car hit the moving truck on Pune-Mumbai Expressway which resulted in the accident."

    In picture: Tabu with nephew Fateh Randhawa at the hospital.

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    Satish Kaushik, who is constantly in touch with the family, and paid frequent visits to the hospital, told IANS: "Shabanaji is under strict observation. But she is doing much much better than yesterday. Prayers for her speedy recovery."

    In picture: Farah Khan also reached the hospital to check on Shabana Azmi's current status.

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    The case filed charges Kamat for rash driving under public way and causing hurt by endangering the life/personal safety of others under sections 279 and 337 respectively of the Motor Vehicles Act.

    In picture: Boney Kapoor was clicked at the hospital where Shabana Azmi has been admitted after the accident.

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    According to ANI, the driver of the truck that was being overtaken by the car had accused Kamat of over-speeding and rash driving, resulting in the accident.

    In picture: Sunita Kapoor was also one of the B-townies to visit Shabana Azmi.

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    However, the police said that Kamat will not be arrested and will be issued a notice as the sections he is charged are bailable offences.

    In picture: Jeetendra also visited Shabana Azmi at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Andheri.

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    Deputy Superintendent of Police Dr Ranjit Patil said, " Azmi and Kamat were rescued by the highway police along with Roadway Patrolling and the Delta Force."

    In picture: Ashutosh Gowariker with wife Sunita Gowariker, Ritesh Sidhwani at the hospital.

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    Dr Patil further added, "Javed Akhtar, Azmi's husband, was travelling on the same route, but in another car. Azmi and Kamat's condition is stable."

    In picture: Satish Kaushik with Baba Azmi at the hospital.

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    Vicky Kaushal also visited Shabana Azmi at the hospital in Andheri, Mumbai.

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    Sharmila Tagore was also one of the visitors at the hospital.

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