Veteran actor and Shabana Azmi’s mother Shaukat Kaifi passed away at the age of 93 on Friday evening due to age-related illness. Kaifi’s son-in-law, veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar, confirmed the news of the death of the theatre and film actor.
“She was 93 and she was having one problem after another. She was admitted to Kokikaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital, for certain days she was in the ICU and then she was out of ICU. It was all age-related,” he said.
“Ultimately they brought her home. She wanted to come back to her own room she stayed for a day or two and then passed away. Shabana is in Mumbai,” Akhtar, who is in the US, told PTI.
The last rites will be held on Saturday noon.
For those unaware, Kaifi’s husband was the celebrated Urdu poet and film lyricist, Kaifi Azmi. She and her husbands were leading lights of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) and the Progressive Writers Association (IWA), which were the cultural platforms of the Communist Party of India.
Besides Shabana Azmi, Kaifi is also survived by son Baba Azmi.