Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar

Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar have been awarded honorary fellowships by the National Indian Students Union (UK). The fellowships, instituted to mark 100 years of Indian cinema, have been awarded to the couple to celebrate and acknowledge their contributions in shaping the present and future of India.

“We are really pleased as this is the first time such a fellowship has been instituted. Recognition from students means a lot as they are a tough group to satisfy. And that it is in honor of our work over the years, is really heart-warming,” said Shabana Azmi.

They will also be delivering a lecture for the students at The Wharton School Of The University Of Pennsylvania.

The couple is at Cambridge University in London and the London School Of African & Asian Studies this week to address students.

At the London School Of Economics, Shabana and Javed will be honored for the inspirational work done in films and as agents of social change. The cherry on the icing would be the lecture at Wharton later in the month.

“It’s a good time for us to feel happy with our lives,” jokes Shabana.

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