Speaking from Hungary on an occasion marking 50 years since she entered FTII, She spoke about her journey both as a student at the institute and as an actor. She recalled that straight out of St Xavier’s College, Mumbai the first time she, a totally urban woman, actually stepped into a village was during the shoot of ‘Ankur’, a film for which she won a National Award for Best Actor (1975).
She said, “Living, breathing and talking” cinema as a student of the legendary teacher Roshan Taneja at FTII had a deep impact on her talent. Calling cinema a director’s medium, theatre an actor’s and TV a writer’s medium, she said in a web series the director keeps changing and that can be quite unsettling.
Taking questions from Shekhar Kapur, teachers and students, Azmi said that acting should come from within you, and a good actor has to be a good observer. She said those studying in FTII are fortunate that they are in an ecosystem where only excellence is pursued as a goal.