STATE TIMES NEWSMumbai: Actor Shabana Azmi was injured in an accident on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on Saturday, the police said.
Her husband and lyricist Javed Akhtar, who was also traveling with her, escaped unhurt. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among those who expressed concern about the actor after the news came.
“The news of @AzmiShabana Ji’s injury in an accident is distressing. I pray for her quick recovery,” Modi tweeted.
Azmi (69) was first rushed to MGM Hospital in Navi Mumbai and later shifted to Kokilaben Hospital in Andheri in Mumbai.
Doctors at the hospital said she was undergoing necessary medical examination.
The incident took place near Khalapur, over 60 km from Mumbai, when the Tata Safari car in which Azmi and Akhtar were traveling to Pune rammed into a truck, said Raigad Superintendent of Police Anil Paraskar.
Akthar celebrated his 75th birthday on Friday.
A local police official said the car driver was apparently trying to overtake another vehicle and rammed into the truck. The driver sustained minor injuries, he said.
Azmi is known for her path-breaking roles in films such as “Arth”, “Ankur”, “Paar”, “Masoom” and “Godmother”.
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