Takia on ramp in 2014
10 April 1986
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Occupation||Actress, Voice actress, Model, Television presenter|
|Years active||2004 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Farhan Azmi (2009 – present)|
|Children||Mikail Azmi (b. 2013)|
Ayesha Takia (born April 10, 1986) is an Indian actress who mainly appears in Bollywood films. Her maternal grandmother is English. She made her film debut in Taarzan: The Wonder Car for which she won the Filmfare Best Debut Award in 2004. Her notable films include Dor (2006), for which she won the Screen Award for Best Actress (Critics), Salaam-E-Ishq (2007) and Wanted (2009).
Takia began her career as a model when she was 15, appearing in the famous "I am a Complan Boy! I’m a Complan Girl!" campaign alongside niman jama and also in Falguni Pathak's "Meri Chunar Udd Udd Jaye" music video. When she was 18, she appeared in the music video "Shake It Daddy", which brought her to the attention of Bollywood, and a few film offers followed. She signed a contract to appear in Socha Na Tha, then for Taarzan: The Wonder Car. However, delays making Socha Na Tha meant that Taarzan was released first and was therefore her “debut” film. She won the Filmfare Best Debut Award in 2004 for her performance in the film.
Takia has appeared in a number of films that did poorly at the box office. However, she has been highly praised for her work in the 2006 Dor, a smaller budget film in which she plays the role of a young widowed Rajasthani woman living in a traditional joint family. She went on to win several awards for her performance in the film, including the Zee Cine Critics Award for Best Actress.
Apart from Bollywood, Takia has also appeared in the 2005 Telugu film Super, with Tollywood star Akkineni Nagarjuna, for which she was nominated for the Filmfare Best Actress Award (Telugu). Her most recent hit was Prabhu Deva's Wanted, co-starring Salman Khan, which emerged as one of the biggest blockbusters of 2009. The film was the third-highest grossing movie of the year and her role met with positive reviews.
On 1 March 2009, Takia married Farhan Azmi, a restaurateur and the son of politician Abu Asim Azmi, a Samajwadi Party leader, in an Islamic Nikah ceremony. The couple had originally planned to marry in December 2008, but the wedding was delayed due to the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The couple have a boy named Mikail, born on 6 December 2013. Farhan and Ayesha have known each other since childhood.
She is very much active on social media, especially Twitter and has been a supporter for wildlife protection. In April 2014, Ayesha denounced her father-in-law, Samajwadi party MLA Abu Azmi's comment that rape victims should also be punished.
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