Indian icon Shabana Azmi has revealed the secret to her successful marriage with renowned poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar. 
“Even though we’re busy and have different schedules, we don’t meet often. But our similar backgrounds and thoughts keep us connected,” the Bollywood thespian said.

“Our fathers were both poets and communists from Uttar Pradesh, which creates a strong bond between us,” Shabana said, adding that people always assumed their marriage was arranged due to these similarities. However, Javed believes that their limited meetings are the key to their successful marriage.


Shabana and Javed got married in December 1984 and are nearing their 40th wedding anniversary. Before marrying Shabana, Javed was wed to Honey Irani in 1972 and had two children, Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar, before they separated in 1985. Shabana is the daughter of the famous poet and intellectual Kaifi Azmi.