Sayyid Baba Azmi was born in Mumbai, India. He is a film cinematographer. He was born to
Kaifi Azmi and
Shaukat Kaifi. His father was a poet and lyricist. His sister
Shabana Azmi is an actress. She is married to
Javed Akhtar. But Baba Azmi is not as famous as his sister. He began his career in 1970 by assisting his first cousin, Ishan Arya. He worked as a light boy in Telugu films. He worked in 10- 12 Telugu films with his cousin Ishan Arya. Then he decided to go independent. His wife is
Tanvi Azmi. She is a film and television actress in India. Baba Azmi’s career as a cinematographer started in the year 1975. He cinematographed the film "
Muthyala Muggu" along with Ishan Arya. It was directed by Bapu. In 1982, he cinematographed the film "
Bezubaan". It was a
Shashi Kapoor film. He cinematographed the film "Who 7 Din" directed by Bapu in 1983.
He then cinematographed the film "Lorie", a year later. It was directed by Vijay Talwar. In 1985 he cinematographed the films "Arjun and Pyari Behna". Baba Azmi cinematographed the TV series "Aur Bhi Hain Raahein" in 1986. He then cinematographed films like "Samundar and Mera Dharam" in the same year. He cinematographed Shekhar Kapur's film "Mr. India" in 1987. From the year 1989 to 1991, he cinematographed the TV series "
Udaan". In 1989, he cinematographed the film "
Prem Pratigyaa", directed by Bapu. He cinematographed
Indra Kumar’s film "Dil" in the year in 1990.
Aamir Khan and
Madhuri Dixit starred in the movie. He also cinematographed the TV series "Maulana Abul Kalam Azad" in the same year. In 1992 Baba Azmi cinematographed the film "Beta". It was directed by Indra Kumar,
Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit.
He was the DOP (Director of Photography) for the film "Roop ki Rani Choron Ka
Raja" in 1993. He also cinematographed the film "Gurudev" in the year 1993. In the year 1995, Baba Azmi cinematographed the film "Prem". It was directed by
Satish Kaushik and
Sanjay Kapoor, and Tabu starred in the film. He also cinematographed the films "
Akele Hum Akele Tum" and "Raja" in the same year. In 1997, he cinematographed the film "
Ishq" and in 2000 he cinematographed the film, "Call". In 2002, he cinematographed the film, "
Rishtey". It was directed by Indra Kumar and Anil Kapoor, Karishma Kapoor and
Shilpa Shetty starred in the movie. He cinematographed the film, "Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante" in 2006, "
Yaariyan" and "Sirf. Life Looks Greener on the Other Side" in 2008. Baba Azmi was the director of photography for the film "Miley-Naa Miley-Hum" in 2011 and for "
Chalk N Duster" in 2016.