Shabana Azmi on Javed Akhtar's drinking problem: “Did he stink of alcohol…”

Shabana Azmi on Javed Akhtar's drinking problem: “Did he stink of alcohol…”

Shabana Azmi on Javed Akhtar's drinking problem: “Did he stink of alcohol…”

Shabana Azmi shared this photo. (courtesy: shabana azmi,

New Delhi:

Shabana Azmi reveals on Arbaaz Khan's talk show how her husband Javed Akhtar quit “excessive” drinking The Invincibles Series Season 2. Shabana recalled, “He knew that if I continued like this, I would not survive for long and I would not be able to do my work creatively… We were in a flat in London. He smelled of alcohol and I said 'Oh my God, this is going to be one of those trips'. Very gently he told me 'Make some breakfast for me'. He had breakfast and after that he told me, 'I am not going to drink anymore'.”

Recalling those days, Shabana Azmi said that she was stunned by his words. “I didn't say anything. I just said 'What do you mean?' He said 'I will not drink alcohol anymore'. He had never said that before and since that day, he has not touched alcohol.” Shabana said, “It is impossible for me to have the willpower like him.” She also described his willpower as “unbelievable”.

Javed Akhtar had publicly spoken about his addiction in an episode of Satyamev Jayate in 2012. He said, “I started drinking at the age of 19. When I came to Bombay after completing my graduation, I started drinking with friends and later it became my habit. Earlier I did not have enough money, but then after my success the flow of money also improved. Then there came a time when I used to drink a bottle a day.”

Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar are one of the most loved couples in the film industry. They are often spotted together at film screenings, parties and events. Last year, the veteran actress sent her Instafam a few pictures from her London diaries. In the first picture, we can see her along with her husband Javed Akhtar, Farhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar relishing the scrumptious Lebanese cuisine in London. They are accompanied by Javed Akhtar's first wife Honey Irani. Shabana Azmi captioned the first post, “Lebanese food in London.” Take a look:

Shabana Azmi was last seen in R Balki's film. Ghumar. She also made headlines by romancing Dharmendra in Karan Johar's film 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'. Love story of Rocky and Rani.

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