Veteran actor Shabana Azmi has been seriously injured in an accident on the Mumbai-Pune Express in Maharashtra’s Raigad district this afternoon. Her husband Javed Akhtar was also in the car but did not suffer injuries.
The accident took place around 3:30 pm near Khalapur, about 60 kilometres from Mumbai, when the Tata Safari SUV the 69-year-old actor was travelling in, rammed a truck from behind.
Shabana Azmi was seated in one of the rear seats of the SUV.
Such was the impact that the front passenger’s side of the SUV was completely destroyed.
Shabana Azmi was rushed to MGM hospital in Navi Mumbai and is undergoing treatment, news agency PTI quoted Raigad Superintendent of Police Anil Paraskar as saying.
Highway police patrol teams have rushed to investigate the accident site, news agency IANS reported.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on the accident, saying the news of her injury “is distressing”, adding that he prayed “for her quick recovery”.
The Mumbai-Pune Expressway is the first six-lane concrete, access controlled highway in the country. The 94.5 km stretch connects Mumbai to Pune and reduces the travel time between the two cities to just two hours from the regular four on the older route. Over the years, the expressway has seen numerous accidents, being a high speed stretch.
Shabana Azmi, who was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998 and the National Film Award five times. Some of her critically-acclaimed movies are Ankur, Arth and Mandi.
She was last seen in 2017’s The Black Prince.