Please note that this film is rated 12+

Kaifinama looks at the life and art of the Urdu Progressive poet Kaifi Azmi. Kaifi Azmi was both a poet for social change as well as one of the foremost lyricists in the Hindi film industry. Not content to limit himself to fine writing, he worked ceaselessly throughout his life as a catalyst for change among the disenfranchised.

The film looks at his small town roots, his commitment to socialism, his wide-ranging body of work and the enormous changes he brought to the life of the village where he was born. This extraordinary journey is documented through extensive interviews with him and his wife Shaukat Kaifi as well as insights from his children – Shabana and Baba Azmi – and reminiscences by his friends and colleagues. Kaifinama thus is both the definitive film biography of Kaifi Azmi and a history of the times he illuminated with his genius.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Shabana Azmi (daughter of Kaifi Azmi and renowed actor/social activist), Ghazal Ansari (Poet and Chairperson of Yorkshire Adabee Forum) and Tasneem Hasan (Vice Chair of the Yorkshire Adabee Forum) chaired by YAF founder, Madiha Ansari.

This event is hosted in partnership with the Yorkshire Adabee Forum

About The Speakers

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi is an Indian actress and social activist. The daughter of poet Kaifi Azmi, Azmi made her film debut in 1974 and soon became one of the leading actresses of Parallel Cinema. Regarded as one of the finest actresses in India, Azmi’s performances have earned five wins of the National Film Award for Best Actress and several international honours. In 1988, the Government of India awarded her with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.

Ghazal Ansari

Ghazal Ansari is the founder of Yorkshire Adabee Forum. She is a renowned Poet with three published collectives Adhuray Khwaab, Sunehray Khwaab and Zindagi. Her work was included in a PHD curriculum at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo. She has been recognized for her contribution to Urdu Literature by the Arts Council of Pakistan.

About The Host

Madiha Ansari

Madiha Ansari’s introduction to the arts began in her formative years in Karachi surrounded by Urdu poets and mushairas. Her entrepreneurial initiatives in Bradford include the Cultural Ecology Project, which she established to drive multicultural engagement and aspiration for the arts. Madiha is currently developing skills to produce bilingual autobiographical monologues for the stage.