Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi (Photo Credit: Instagram)
Veteran actor Shabana Azmi, who was injured in an accident on the Mumbai- Pune Expressway on Saturday afternoon, is admitted at Kokilaben Ambani hospital for treatment. Javed Akhtar was also with Shabana when the accident happened. Now in an interview with Bollywood Hungama, the veteran lyricist has confirmed that Shabana is doing better and is stable.
"Don’t worry. She is in the ICU but all the scan reports are positive. It seems there’s no serious harm done,'' he said. In addition, actor Satish Kaushik too visited Shabana Azmi at Kokilaben and that she was doing better. "Shabanaji is under strict observation. But she is doing much much better than yesterday. Prayers for her speedy recovery," he told IANS.
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 Saturday near Khalapur, over 60 km from Mumbai, when the car in which she was traveling rammed into a truck, said Raigad Superintendent of Police, Anil Paraskar.
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.
''We have booked driver Kamlesh Kamath under Indian Penal Code Sections 279 and 337 for rash and negligent driving and provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act. He is not yet arrested,'' Paraskar said. The actor’s car will be sent for an inspection to RTO (regional transport office) to ascertain if there was any fault in the vehicle or if the mishap took place after the driver lost control, Paraskar added.