Singapore International Festival of Arts

Javed Akhtar, known for love poems, is not romantic, says wife Shabana Azmi

Poet Javed Akhtar and actress Shabana Azmi will be presenting Rhymes Of Love at the Singapore International Festival of Arts.
Poet Javed Akhtar and actress Shabana Azmi will be presenting Rhymes Of Love at the Singapore International Festival of Arts.PHOTO: ARTS HOUSE LIMITED

Actress Shabana Azmi, who is married to love poet Javed Akhtar, says he has not a single romantic bone in his body. The couple will present an evening of his Urdu poetry here this weekend

Being the muse of a famous love poet must seem the height of romance, but actress Shabana Azmi laughs it off.

"I have all these girls coming up to me saying, oh my god, how wonderful it must be to be married to such a romantic poet, he must be reciting poetry at the breakfast table," says the wife of Urdu poet Javed Akhtar. "And I tell them, he does not have a single romantic bone in his body."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 24, 2018, with the headline 'Who says poets are romantic?'. Print Edition | Subscribe