Priyanka, who is currently in the US, posted on Twitter:
Happy bday @AzmiShabana !!! My favourite.. Always look up to u so much! Lots of love— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) September 18, 2015
Ms Azmi, wife of noted lyricist Javed Akhtar, started her career with Shyam Benegal's Ankur in 1974 and soon became one of the leading actresses of Parallel Cinema.
Her performances in films in a variety of genres have generally earned her praise and awards, which include a record of five wins of the National Film Award for best actress and several international honours.
Other Bollywood celebs also wished her on Twitter:
Happy Bday @AzmiShabana You are always loved admired... my absolutely fave actor!!— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) September 18, 2015
The Masoom actress was happy to see the wishes and wrote:
Am overwhelmed by the love and affection of birthday greetings pouring in already. Feel loved and respected. Thanku all u r my strength— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) September 18, 2015
In her more than four decade long career, Ms Azmi has appeared in over 120 Hindi and Bengali films in both mainstream and independent cinema. She will be seen next in Sanjay Gupta's Jazbaa, co-starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchana and Irrfan Khan. The film will hit theatres next month.