On the 80th birthday of director Shyam Benegal on Sunday, veteran actress-social activist Shabana Azmi says the "reluctant guru" has influenced her choices.
She made her debut in 1974 with Mr Benegal's Ankur and thanked him for being a "generous friend".
The actress wrote on Twitter
Happy birthday to my guru mentor #Shyam Benegal.Thank you for being you-warm generous friend and trailblazer of parallel cinema plus Foodie; Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) December 14, 2014
Have always called #Shyam Benegal my reluctant Guru.He has in every way shaped my choices but is shy 2 accept it and prefers to be my friend- Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) December 14, 2014
The actress, who believes that art should be used as an instrument for social change, has also worked with the director in movies like Hari-Bhari, Antarnaad and Mandi.