Published: Sun, January 19, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Shabana Azmi critically injured in vehicle accident on Mumbai- Pune expressway

Shabana Azmi critically injured in vehicle accident on Mumbai- Pune expressway

According to doctors, she has suffered a head injury and there was slight damage to the backbone.

At 3:30 pm today, 18th January 2019, legendary Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi met with a serious road accident on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

Driver Kamlesh Kamath (38), who sustained minor injuries in the incident, was apparently trying to overtake another vehicle when Azmi's Tata Safari auto rammed into a truck near Khalapur, about 60 km from here in neighbouring Raigad district, a local police official earlier said.

According to ANI, Shabana Azmi's husband and noted screenwriter/lyricist, Javed Akhtar was also traveling in the auto with her, but has been deemed safe by medical personnel.

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"Azmi is recuperating. She is stable and under observation". Javed's father Jan Nisar Akhtar too was a celebrated poet.

Shabana after getting first aid at the MGM hospital in Navi, Mumbai was later shifted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute in Andheri west, Mumbai where she is undergoing intensive care treatment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "The news of AzmiShabana Ji's injury in an accident is distressing".

Her driver is also injured in the accident. He said, he prays for her quick recovery. Their vehicle was hit by a truck while they were travelling from Pune to Mumbai.

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