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Takia in 2011
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Other names||Ayesha Takia Azmi|
|Occupation||Actress, Voice actress, Model, Television presenter|
|Spouse(s)||Farhan Azmi (2009-Present)|
Ayesha Takia-Azmi is an Indian actress (born April 10, 1986) who mainly appears in Bollywood films. She made her film debut in Taarzan: The Wonder Car for which she won the Filmfare Best Debut Award in 2004. Her most recent commercial success was the 2009 film Wanted.
Takia was born in Kashmir to a Gujarati father and an Anglo-Indian mother. Her mother is half British and half Maharashtrian. She has a sister named Natasha, who is three years younger, and a younger brother, Aun Mugal, who is studying in Karachi. Takia attended St. Anthony’s High School, but never went to college because she started to work when she turned sixteen.
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 Shahid Kapoor 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. She has a boy with Farhan Azmi, born on 6th Dec, 2013
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