Saba Azad

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Saba Azad
Saba Azad Success bash of 'Nautanki Saala!'s music.jpg
Actress, musician, director Saba Azad
Delhi, India
Occupationmusician, actress
Years active2008–present
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
RelativesSafdar Hashmi (uncle)

Saba Azad is an Indian actress, theatre director and musician. She is one half of Mumbai-based electro funk duo Madboy/Mink. Saba is known for her leading role in the romantic comedy film Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge (2011).[1] The film was a sleeper hit in India, gaining a cult following among college students all over the country. She also played the role of Dingo in the Y-Films web series, Ladies Room in the year 2016. She made her Bollywood debut as one of the leads Raaga in the indie film Dil Kabaddi (2008).[2] She has featured in commercials for Cadbury, Pond's, Maggi, Tata Sky, Google, Kit Kat, Vodafone, Sunsilk, Nescafe, Airtel as well as print campaigns for Clean & Clear, Westside and Amway and many more.[3]

Early life[edit]

She is the niece of theatre great Safdar Hashmi.[4] Born into a theatre family, Azad performed with Safdar Hashmi's theatre group Jana Natya Manch in their stage productions since a very young age, where she worked with Habib Tanvir, MK Raina, GP Deshpande and NK Sharma.[3] She also trained in dance forms like Odissi, classical ballet, jazz, Latin as well as contemporary dance forms.[5] Traveling with her Odissi guru, Kiran Segal, she performed in and outside the country including England, Canada and Nepal.[4]

Her stint with cinema started after schooling when she landed a lead role in a short film Guroor for director Ishaan Nair which travelled to festivals in New York and Florence.[2] She has since gone on to work in many short films.


Saleem with Saba Azad at the premier of Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, 2011.

She made her Bollywood debut in 2008 with Anil Senior's Dil Kabaddi opposite Rahul Bose. She appeared in a leading role as Preity Sen in Y-Films Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge opposite newcomers Nishant Dahiya and Saqib Saleem.[6]

Azad is a popular musician and singer in the Indian indie music scene and one half of widely popular electronic band Madboy/Mink which she started with actor and musician Imaad Shah in 2012.[7][8]

Azad started her own theatre company The Skins in 2010 and directed her first play Lovepuke which opened at NCPA's experimental theatre in September 2010.[9]

Azad moved to Mumbai from Delhi and acted in a two-man play directed by Makarand Deshpande staged at Prithvi Theatre.[10]

Personal life[edit]

She is the niece of theatre great Safdar Hashmi.[4]

On 17 March 2013, Imaad Shah confirmed that Saba and he are in a live-in relationship.[11]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2008 Dil Kabaddi Raaga Hindi
2011 Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge Preity Sen Hindi
2016 Pure-Veg Anjali Hindi Short film
2019 Connected. Saba English Short film


Year Album Title Co-singers
2013 Nautanki Saala "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga"
"Dil Ki Toh Lag Gayi"
Geet Sagar, Bruno Carvalo, Santosh Sawant
Dhoom Series "Dhoom Anthem" Raghav Sachar[12]
2015 Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! "Calcutta Kiss" Imaad Shah
Shaandaar "Neend Na Mujhko Aaye" Siddharth Basrur
Main Aur Charles "Dekhe Meri Aankhon Mein Jo"
2018 Karwaan "Bhar De Hamaare Glass"
2019 Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota "Nakhrewaali" Karan Kulkarni


  1. ^ "When Saba lost her tresses!". Hindustan Times. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b Chakrabarti, Paromita (10 December 2008). "Change of Scene". The Indian Express. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Saba Azad". The Times of India Blogs. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Doshi, Riddhi (1 January 2009). "'My uncle was my mentor'". DNA. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Saba Azad Blog". Economic Times Blog. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge". India Today. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
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  9. ^ Sharma, Aditi (31 August 2010). "Falling in love (is hard on the knees)". Mid Day. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  10. ^ "Saba Azad Biography, Saba Azad Bio, Saba Azad Photos, Videos, Wallpapers, News". Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  11. ^ Shetty, Akshata (17 March 2013). "Saba and I are living together: Imaad Shah". The Times of India. India. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  12. ^ YRF Talent (25 December 2013). "DHOOM Anthem featuring Saba". YouTube. Retrieved 26 July 2016.

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