Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi (Photo Credit: Instagram)
Veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar has confirmed that his wife and actress Shabana Azmi, who was injured in an accident on the Mumbai- Pune Expressway on January 18, has recovered from injuries and will be home in a few days. Speaking about the same to Bollywood Hungama, Javed said, ''Shabana is completely recovered now. She has been fully healed for some time now. But the doctors decided to keep her under observation in hospital for a few days extra and I completely agreed with them. She is now ready to return home. We are bringing her home on Friday morning.''
Javed was thankful that Shabana got away with minor injuries. ''It could have been a lot worse. I’d say Shabana had a miraculous escape,'' he said.
Shabana is admitted at Kokilaben Ambani hospital for treatment. Javed Akhtar was also with Shabana when the accident happened. Earlier, the hospital''s CEO Dr. Santosh Shetty had also stated that the actress is stable and under observation. The incident took place around 3.30 pm on January 18 near Khalapur, over 60 km from Mumbai, when the car in which she was traveling rammed into a truck.
The Raigad Police had issued an official statement regarding the accident. It read as "Shabana Azmi and her driver was injured in an accident near Khalapur on Pune-Mumbai Expressway. While they were driving from Pune to Mumbai their vehicle hit by a truck on the expressway. Javed Akhtar was also present in the car who is safe. Both the injured have been shifted to MGM Hospital."
An FIR has also been registered against the driver of veteran actor Shabana Azmi. Driver Kamlesh Kamath (38), who sustained minor injuries in the incident, was apparently trying to overtake another vehicle when Azmi’s car rammed into a truck near Khalapur, about 60 km from here in neighbouring Raigad district, a local police official earlier said.
The driver has already recorded his statement, and the Khalapur police is in the process of filing a chargesheet.