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Farhan, Zoya donate KBC prize money to Shabana's cause
By Subhash K. Jha, IANS
Shabana Azmi says she is over the moon as director Farhan Akhtar and his sister Zoya have donated the money they won on the Valentine's special of "Kaun Banega Crorepati" to her group that works for slum dwellers.
The episode was aired Wednesday on STAR Plus.
"I'm over the moon!" said Shabana. "My children Zoya and Farhan Akhtar were on 'Kaun Banega Crorepati'. They won Rs.2.5 million and they have donated it to my group Nevara Haq. I'm so deeply touched, I can't express my joy," Shabana told IANS.
The Akhtar siblings - the children of Shabana's husband Javed Akhtar - needed no prompting for this act of philanthropy.
"I'm so gratified and grateful for them to do it on their own. At our organisation, we're so strapped for funds. In one scoop we have a windfall for our cause. It is certainly no small matter for my slums."
It certainly seems the amount is more than what Farhan the producer paid Shabana for acting in his upcoming film "Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd".
"Oh absolutely! I did get paid, but very little."
The mother in Shabana surfaces proudly. So, what's her opinion on Farhan's "Don"?
"I didn't understand 'Don'. Farhan looks at me as if I'm stark raving mad when I say so. He wants to know what there was to understand. But let me tell you, it was an extremely stylish film.
"I think Farhan is seriously one of our best filmmakers today. Cinema is also about images. And his images are very strong. But they don't scream out at you. That, I think is a very special ability."
Shabana is equally proud of Zoya.
"My daughter Zoya has worked with Mira Nair on her short film on AIDS. It's called 'The Migration'. And it's a very good script. She'll be directing her own film in April."
And why isn't Shabana in it?
"There's no role for me. Otherwise, I'd bulldoze both my kids Farhan and Zoya to cast me in them."