Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

Updated: Jan 16, 2020, 08:27 | Nandish
  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    On January 14, 2019, which marked the birth centenary of Kaifi Azmi, commenced a year-long tribute to the legendary poet and lyricist. After an array of mushairas, plays and seminars, the tribute came to a close on January 14, 2020, with the special screening of Kaifi's son, Baba Azmi's first directorial effort, the Hindi feature film, Mee Raqsam (I Dance) at a preview theatre in Juhu. All pictures/Yogen Shah

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  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    Aamir Khan, who recently shaved of his facial fuzz, attended the special screening of Mee Raqsam at a preview theatre in Juhu along with wife Kiran Rao. The actor is currently shooting for his upcoming film Laal Singh Chaddha.

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  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    Mee Raqsam explores the relationship shared by a father and his daughter also features Naseeruddin Shah in a special role. It was shot in Kaifi's hometown Mijwan, near Azamgarh. Baba in a chat with mid-day said, "My father had asked me if it would be possible to shoot a film in Mijwan. Those words stayed with me. It's emotional for me as this is my tribute to him."

    In picture: Baba Azmi with family at the special screening of his film in Juhu.

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  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    Lyricist Javed Akhtar, husband of Kaifi's actor-daughter Shabana Azmi, was the brain behind the celebration. Akhtar says. "So many people came together to participate and contribute [to this tribute]. Shabana and I recited his poetries, while Shankar Mahadevan sang them and Ustad Zakir Hussain interpreted them on the tabla. A documentary [Kafinama] was made by Sumantra Ghoshal. So, it has been an interesting year."

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  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    Shabana, who has been overseeing the developments told mid-day, "With satisfaction and gratitude, what started off as a family tribute, was soon embraced by poetry lovers. We had over 48 celebrations during the year, including lit-festivals in UK, USA, Europe, and India. Mee Raqsam is about a Muslim tailor in Mijwan, and his daughter, who wants to learn Bharatnatyam. This is the ultimate tribute to Kaifi, who loved his village. The role of the teenager will be played by Aditi Sharma. She is a resident of the village and the daughter of a former attendant of abba [Kaifi Azmi]. I get gooseflesh when I think how pleased abba would be."

    In picture: Shabana Azmi with son Farhan Akhtar and his girlfriend Shibani Dandekar at the preview theatre in Juhu.

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  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    Madhuri Dixit Nene and husband Shriram Nene attended the special screening of Mee Raqsam at the preview theatre in Juhu.

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  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    Urmila Matondkar looked pretty in her sky blue dress as she arrived for the special screening of Mee Raqsam in Juhu.

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  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    Vidya Balan also attended the special screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam at a preview theatre in Juhu.

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  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    Naseeruddin Shah also attended the special screening of his film Mee Raqsam at the Juhu preview theatre.

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  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    Naseeruddin Shah came along with wife Ratna Pathak for the special screening.

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  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    Shilpa Shetty Kundra too attended the special screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam at a preview theatre in Juhu.

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  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    Priyanka Chopra Jonas' mother Madhu Chopra also attended Mee Raqsam screening in Juhu.

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  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    Veteran actress Asha Parekh was all smile as she attended the special screening of Mee Raqsam at the theatre in Juhu.

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  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    Mahesh Bhatt along with Soni Razdan and Shaad Ali pose for the photographers at Mee Raqsam screening.

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  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    Saiyami Kher also attended the special screening of Mee Raqsam at a preview theatre in Juhu.

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  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    Rahul Bose was all smile as he attended the special screening of Mee Raqsam at the preview theatre in Juhu.

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  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    Designer Manish Malhotra also attended the special screening of Baba Azmi's film at the Juhu theatre.

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  • Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar-Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar at screening of Baba Azmi's Mee Raqsam

    Filmmaker Sudhir Mishra also attended the special screening of Baba Azmi's film at the Juhu theatre.

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Baba Azmi and Shabana Azmi host a special screening of Mee Raqsam on poet and lyricist late Kaifi Azmi's birth anniversary at a preview theatre in Juhu, Mumbai. Aamir Khan with wife Kiran Rao, Farhan Akhtar with girlfriend Shibani Dandekar, Urmila Matondkar, Madhuri Dixit with husband Shriram Nene, Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah with Ratna Pathak and host of other celebs attended the screening. We have pictures