Legendary poet Kaifi Azmi was a staunch believer of equality outdoors and inside his household, a lot so, that his fondness for daughter-in-law Tanvi Azmi would even go away daughter Shabana Azmi “insecure”. Tanvi, who’s married to Kaifi Azmi’s son and cinematographer Baba Azmi, revealed that her greatest assist through the inter-caste marriage was her father-in-law.
“He used the endearment ‘Dulhan Pasha’ (honourable bride) to handle me. It’s like placing the bahu on a pedestal,” Tanvi informed Pinkvilla on Kaifi Azmi’s twentieth dying anniversary on Tuesday.
Kaifi was an Urdu exponent, a literature laureate and a movie lyricist, married to theater and movie actor Shaukat Azmi. Recalling how Kaifi held the ladies of the home and round him in excessive regard, Tanvi added that her ‘Abba’ practiced what he wrote. “His work was in sync along with his philosophy that ladies needs to be revered. Be it his spouse, daughter, or daughter-in-law, he accorded the identical respect to every one in all us. To the extent that it typically made Shabana insecure with the quantity of affection and affection, Abba showered on me,” Tanvi mentioned.
This would depart Shabana Azmi, a Bollywood legend herself, insecure. However based on Tanvi, her father-in-law had his strategy to appease his daughter too, who he affectionately referred to as ‘chiriya’ and ‘gulab ka phool’. Although “hell broke free” when Shabana as soon as overheard him telling Tanvi, “Bete, tum mere gulab ke phool ho.”
“She (Shabana) requested him, ‘Abba aapne Tanvi ko gulab ka phool kaha?’ His fast retort was, ‘Nahi bete, fundamental toh gobi ka phool (cauliflower) keh raha tha.’ Then he seemed into my route suggesting ‘don’t give me away’,” Tanvi mentioned within the interview with a smile.
Even his final days within the ICU couldn’t deter his zest for all times. Tanvi shared that each time she would ask him about his well being, he would reply ‘First-class!’ Later, when it obtained tough for him to talk, he would increase his thumb to indicate ‘first-class’.
Kaifi Azmi is a recipient of two Nationwide Awards — Finest Lyrics for Saat Hindustani and Finest Story for Garam Hawa.