A video of a woman sporting a cropped and ripped denim jacket is making the rounds on social media. Users are identifying her as Urfi Javed, granddaughter of Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar. Javed Akhtar was recently embroiled in controversy when he compared the RSS to the Taliban during an interview. This generated a wave of criticism on social media from BJP leaders and supporters alike.


शबाना आजमी&जावेदअखतर की पोती उर्फी जावेद जिसका आगे से किसी कमज़र्फ ने शर्ट नोच दिया अब दादा-दादी को भारत में डर लगना तो लाजमी है😂🙄😂

Posted by Bhimsingh Chouhan on Saturday, September 4, 2021


शबाना आजमी और जावेदअखतर की पोती उर्फी जावेद जिसका आगे से किसी कमज़र्फ ने शर्ट नोच दिया अब दादा-दादी को भारत में डर लगना तो लाजमी है😂😂

Posted by भाई साहब on Sunday, September 5, 2021

A user named Atul Kushwaha posted this video and wrote, “Look at what Javed Akhtar’s granddaughter Urfi is wearing.” The post garnered over 1,000 retweets. Another user named Kiran Jain also shared the visuals with the same claim.


The woman seen in the video has no link to Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar whatsoever. Urfi Javed was a participant in the reality TV program Bigg Boss and was recently evicted from the show. The video was taken when Urfi was seen at the airport. Viral Bhayani posted these photos and wrote that Urfi was seen in an airport sporting a jacket that read, “Stop using plastic.”

The jacket led to social media controversy, with several people posting tasteless, sexist comments. Speaking to E-Times, Urfi replied to the trolls – “There is so much more to me than my clothes. Why don’t people talk about me as an individual? I have realised that no matter what I post, people will say things, be it a bikini or a salwar suit. There are nasty comments always.” She has also posted a few photos of her wearing the same jacket on Instagram.


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A video of television actor Urfi Javed is being falsely circulated as visuals of Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi’s granddaughter. It must be pointed out that the misinformation piggy-backed on blatant sexism attempting to mock the couple for another woman’s choice of clothes. The false news, as irrelevant as it was, attracted attention because of the overt misogyny.

Shabana Azmi confirmed to Alt News that Urfi Javed is not related to her family in any manner. She had also tweeted the same.

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