Shabana Azmi, an actress turned activist and also a parliamentarian, was the chief guest at the 18th IFFK (International Film Festival of Kerala), which is being held at Thiruvananthapuram. In her speech, the actress recollected her first visit to Kerala to inaugurate the Chalachithra Academy of Kerala. Shabana said that she is not confident in doing Malayalam movies.
Shabana Azmi, addressing a huge crowd at the inauguration ceremony of 18th IFFK, said that she had got many offers from Mollywood in the past. But, as an actress, she is a perfectionist and wants to do justice to her roles. She needs to understand the dialogues after which only she could deliver it perfectly. Because of these reasons, Shabana Azmi said that she had rejected offers from Mollywood.
Shabana Azmi clarified that she do not know Malayalam language and so she is not confident in doing movies either. In an interview given to a popular daily newspaper, Shabana Azmi said, "I identify myself to be an Indian woman, who is an actor, a mother, a Muslim... many of these. At the same time, I would say I am primarily an actor, who is quite sensitive to the events around her."
Talking about her re-visit this time as the chief guest of IFFK, Shabana Azmi said, "I am really enjoying the atmosphere at the fest and appreciate the enthusiasm of the crowd to watch and understand good cinema and discuss the same with experts. The awareness of the audience about trends in films and their eagerness to learn more is quite impressive."