New Delhi: Veteran actress Shabana Azmi was injured in a car accident near Khalapur on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway on Saturday afternoon. Her husband-noted lyricist Javed Akhtar was also present in the car, but did not suffer injuries.
The car in which the couple was travelling, rammed into a truck on the highway towards Pune at around 4.15 pm. Azmi was rushed MGM Hospital in Navi Mumbai.
Photos circulating on social media show Azmi's face and eyes completely swollen. Highway police patrol teams have rushed to investigate the accident site.
The actress has been shifted to Mumbai's Kokilaben Hospital where she is being administered treatment. Several Bollywood celebrities reach the hospital to meet with the actress including Farhan Akhtar, Anil Kapoor, Tabu and others.
Meanwhile, executive director and CEO, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital Dr Santosh Shetty said that the actress Shabana Azmi is stable and under observation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished the actress a speedy recovery. He wrote: The news of Shabana Azmi Ji’s injury in an accident is distressing. I pray for her quick recovery."
Just on Friday evening, Shabana Azmi had hosted a starry bash for Javed Akhtar on his 75th birthday. Top celebrities of the industry like Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan, Madhuri Dixit, Arjun Kapoor, Rekha, music maestro AR Rahman, Tabu, Ekta Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman and many others were invited to the party.
Shabana Azmi has been part of Bollywood for several decades now. She has films like 'Swami', 'Arth', 'Masoom', 'Fire' and 'Mandi' to her credits. The actress is a five-time National Award Winner and was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1998.