IMAGE: Shabana Azmi together with her What’s Love Got To Do With It Co-star Sajal Ali and Director Shekhar Kapur. Photograph: Kind courtesy Shabana Azmi/Instagram

Shekhar Kapoor, who turns 77 on December 6, began his profession as an actor.

His co-star in Toote Khilone and Ishq Ishq Ishq was Shabana Azmi.

When Shekhar turned director with the landmark movie Masoom in 1983, Shabana performed the main woman.

Thirty 9 years later, Shabana performs one of many leads in Shekhar Kapur’s What’s Love Got To Do With It.

“When I did M asoom

with Shekhar, he used to like his actors,” Shabana tells Subhash Ok Jha. “He continues to take action. He would not impose; he creates the area through which creativity can flourish.”

“Although I used to be working with him after such a very long time, it did not appear as if there had been a break. It appeared precisely like previous occasions, besides that this time, I used to be working with the likes of Emma Thompson and Lily James. In reality, Emma and I grew to become actually good associates, because of this movie.”


Shabana remembers Shekhar as a seeker: “He is a restless soul, at all times searching for and engaged with bigger points like the aim of existence. It might sound esoteric and even pretentious to some, however I do know he was like that way back to in 1974, after we labored collectively as actors in Ishq Ishq Ishq, which Shekhar’s uncle Dev Anandsaab directed.”

It is typically stated that Shekhar, though a sensible film-maker, is too laidback, therefore a scanty output as director.

Shabana protests. “Not in any respect! He accomplished What’s Love Got To Do With It in 42 days within the midst of the worst COVID restrictions. He has many pursuits. He is a visiting professor at MIT, he was an adviser to the federal government of Singapore on know-how, which fascinates him. He has completed a musical and has made a collection on the lifetime of Shakespeare.”

“Shekhar is at all times exploring. Films should not his solely ardour although I want it was. I stay up for working with him in lots of extra tasks.”

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