Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar tied the knot in 1984. But when the two got married, Javed already had two children from his first wife Honey Irani – Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar. In a recent interview, Shabana mentioned that her relationship with Javed’s children is based on “friendship and trust” and the credit for the same goes to Honey.
“We are very friendly. I have a great relationship with them based on friendship and trust. I value Farhan and Zoya very much and I think they value me. I think a lot of that credit goes to their mom Honey (Irani). I must say that she was very generous,” Shabana said during an interaction with Filmfare.
Shabana Azmi said that if Honey Irani had decided that the kids would not be friendly with her, the relationship wouldn’t have materialised. Talking about the warm relationship she shares with Javed’s ex-wife, Shabana said, “If she had decided that the kids would not be friends with me, then they couldn’t have been friends with me. So I have to accept in all honesty that I owe it to Honey that I have such a beautiful relationship not only with her children but also with her. We have a beautiful, happy bond. And I don’t poke my nose in their business. If I feel there is something they would rather not talk about, I do not talk about it.”
In a previous chat with Bollywood Bubble, Javed Akhtar had revealed that although he is not married to Honey anymore, they are still friendly with each other. He said, “Meri zindagi mein do auratein hain jinse mere bahut hi ache relation hain. Ek ka shaadi kuch nahi bigad saki aur dusre ka divorce kuch nahi bigad saka (I have two women in my life with whom I have great relationships. Marriage could not ruin one, and divorce could not ruin the other one). I am very very friendly with Honey and obviously, Shabana is my best friend.”