Veteran actress Shabana Azmi's car rammed into a truck at Bombay-Pune Highway near Khalapur toll plaza in Maharashtra's Raigad district. The veteran actress has been grievously injured in the accident. The incident took place around 3.30 pm near Khalapur, over 60 km from Mumbai, said Raigad Superintendent of Police Anil Paraskar. Her lyricist husband Javed Akhtar was behind her in another car. The actress who was initially admitted to MGM Hospital Panvel was later shifted to Kokilaben Hospital.
We have taken x-rays, a CT scan, ultrasound and conducted other tests on her. She has suffered injuries to her head, neck and cervical spine, face and right eye. She was conscious and speaking and her vital parameters were normal. There are no abdominal injuries," MGM-MCH Medical Superintendent (Lt.Gen.) K.R. Salgotra told IANS.
Maharashtra: Actor Shabana Azmi, who was injured in a car accident near Kahalpur on Mumbai-Pune Expressway earlier today, has been shifted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/8XiphLmAGl— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2020
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As soon she was shifted to Kokilaben Hospital, Farhan Akhtar, Shibani Dandekar, Zoya Akhtar and other members of the film fraternity arrived at the hospital to see her. See pictures here.
Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker took to Twitter to pray for speedy recovery and good health of the actress. ''Shabana Azmi injured in road accident on Mumbai- Pune Expressway OMG! Praying so hard,'' she tweeted.
Shabana Azmi injured in road accident on Mumbai- Pune Expressway
OMG! Praying so hard 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 https://t.co/zV4XRo2pqH— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) January 18, 2020
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta also prayed for the veteran actress' good health and also urged concerned authorities to take stringent action against rash driving.
The Mumbai-Pune expressway has always been dangerous and there is little or no monitoring to prevent rash driving. Have seen so many terrible accidents there. Hope #ShabanaAzmi is fine. Dear @OfficeofUT please improve safety on this route urgently. It is quite a death trap.— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) January 18, 2020
"Praying for your speedy recovery! @AzmiShabana Very unfortunate! #ShabanaAzmi," Nora Fatehi tweeted.
Last night, Shabana Azmi, Farhan Akhtar celebrated Javed Akhtar's 75th birthday. Bollywood stars such as Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Arjun Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit among others attended the birthday party. On his 75th birthday eve, the family even hosted a theme bash for the veteran poet-lyricist. Check out the photos below:
The actress even shared a glimpse of the birthday celebration with a video on Twitter. In the clip, Javed Akhtar can be seen blowing candles and cutting the cakes with his friends and family members.