Shabana Azmi is an internationally celebrated actor and social activist. Since her entry into films with Shyam Benegal’s classic, Ankur (1974), she has won five National and five International Awards for Best Actress. She is a recipient of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Awards and was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1997. The International Gandhi Peace Prize, The Martin Luther King Rosa Parks Chavez award, the International Human Rights Award, The Crystal Award are among the international awards she has received. She heads the Mijwan Welfare Society, an NGO working for the empowerment of the girl child in rural India.