Shaukat Kaifi

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Shaukhat Kaifi
Born Hyderabad State, British India
(now in Telangana, India)
Occupation Actress, Social activist

Shaukat Kaifi (also credited as Shaukat Azmi) is an Indian social activist, noted theater and film actress. She was married to poet, Kaifi Azmi, and through her career associated with the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA), the Progressive Writers Association and Prithvi Theatre.[1]

Early life[edit]

Shaukhat Kaifi was born into a Muslim family in Hyderabad State in a noble family.


Shaukhat Kaifi married noted Urdu language poet, Kaifi Azmi. They had two children together, Shabana Azmi (b. 1950), a renowned actress of Indian cinema and Baba Azmi, a noted cameraman, and is part of the Akhtar-Azmi family. She is an integral part of the Indian People's Theatre Association, and member of the Communist Party of India. She played the role of Khannum jaan in Umrao Jaan, the same role was played by her daughter Shabana Azmi in the 2006 remake of the same name.

She wrote a biography, Kaifi and I,[2] which has also been adapted to a play Kaifi aur Main.[3] It premiered in Mumbai in 2006 on the 4th death anniversary of Kaifi Azmi.


Year Film Role
2002 Saathiya Bua
1988 Salaam Bombay! Brothel owner
1986 Congregation (Anjuman)
1984 Lorie
1982 Bazaar Hajan Bi
1981 Umrao Jaan Khanum Jaan
1977 Dhoop Chhaon The Pundit's wife
1974 Faslah Parvati S. Chandra
1974 Scorching Winds (Garam Hawa) Jamila, Salim Mirza's wife
1974 Jurm aur Sazaa Rajesh's Mother
1974 Woh Main Nahin
1970 Heer Raanjha
1964 Haqeeqat


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