Shabana Azmi was upset with Javed Akhtar's drinking habit, told how she quit drinking 33 years ago

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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There was a time in the life of famous lyricist and writer Javed Akhtar when he became an alcoholic. He himself admitted in an interview that he used to drink a bottle of alcohol every night. But when he felt that he would not be able to live like this for long, he stopped drinking. Now recently his wife Shabana Azmi talked about this. She described the time when her husband Javed Akhtar used to drink as the most difficult period. In Arbaaz Khan's show The Invincibles, Shabana Azmi talked about Javed Akhtar's habit of drinking too much and told what she had to face then. Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar were married on 9 December 1984.

'Javed Akhtar used to drink a lot, it was a very difficult time'

Shabana Azmi spoke about the day when Javed Akhtar announced that he will not drink alcohol anymore. She said, 'He knew that if I continued like this, I would not be able to survive for long and do my work creatively. We were in a flat in London. He smelled of alcohol and I said oh my god, what a bad ride this is going to be. Then he very politely asked me to make some breakfast for him. He had breakfast and after that he told me that I will not drink alcohol anymore.'

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This is how Javed Akhtar quit drinking in 1991

Shabana Azmi further said, 'I did not say anything. I just said – what do you mean? Then he said that I will not drink anymore. He had never said this before and since that day he has not touched alcohol.' Shabana Azmi described the willpower of her husband Javed Akhtar as incredible and said that it is impossible for her to have a willpower like his.

Javed Akhtar Shabana

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Javed Akhtar had said- this is foolishness, what I am doing

At the same time, in the year 2023, Javed Akhtar had told in a conversation with 'ABP' that his relationship with Shabana Azmi was badly affected due to alcohol. Javed Akhtar had said, 'She did not love me because I used to drink alcohol. She loved me despite my drinking. Shabana was very happy when I quit drinking. I said that this is stupidity, what I am doing. There is no glamour, no dignity, no attraction in this.' Javed Akhtar drank a large bottle of rum on 31 July 1991 and quit drinking alcohol from 1 August 1991.


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