Ayesha Takia

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Ayesha Takia Azmi
Takia in 2018
Born (1986-04-10) 10 April 1986 (age 34)[1]
(Present day: Mumbai),
OccupationActress, voice actress, model, television presenter
Years active2004–2011
Farhan Azmi
m. 2009)

Ayesha Takia Azmi (born 10 April 1986) is an Indian film actress who appeared 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 notable films also include Socha Na Tha (2005), Dor (2006), for which she won the Screen Award for Best Actress (Critics), and Wanted (2009).[2]

Early life[edit]

Ayesha Takia was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India to a Hindu father and Muslim mother, having the ethnicity of Gujarati.[3] She is an alumnus of St Anthony's Girls High School, Chembur.[4] She married restaurateur Farhan Azmi, son of Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi, on 1 March 2009.[5] She has a son with her husband Farhan Azmi.[6][7]


Ayesha at an event

Takia began her career as a model when she was 15, appearing in the "I am a Complan Boy! I’m a Complan Girl!" campaign along with Shahid Kapoor[8][9] and also in Falguni Pathak's "Meri Chunar Udd Udd Jaye" music video.[10] Later she appeared in the music video Shake It Daddy Remix of song Nahin Nahin Abhi Nahin along with actor Keith Sequeira, both the songs were directed by Vinay Sapru and Radhika Rao. 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.[11] 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.[12]

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 Award for Best Actress – 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.

In 2011, she starred in Mod, which met with a good response.[13] In 2012, she hosted the only season of musical-reality show Sur Kshetra.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Takia is very active on social media, especially Twitter and has been a supporter for wildlife protection.[15][16] In April 2014, Ayesha denounced her father-in-law, the Samajwadi Party legislator Abu Azmi, for saying that rape victims should also be punished.[17][18] In a public statement, she stated she is a vegan while posing for a vegan ad for PETA India.[19]


Year Films Role Notes
2004 Taarzan: The Wonder Car Priya Rakesh Kapoor Filmfare Best Female Debut Award[citation needed]
IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Female[citation needed]
Star's Sabsey Favourite Nayi Heroine[citation needed]
Nominated—Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female[citation needed]
Nominated—Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut[citation needed]
2004 Dil Maange More!!! Shagun
2005 Socha Na Tha Aditi Sahani
2005 Shaadi No. 1 Bhavna
2005 Super Siri Valli Telugu debut
2005 Home Delivery Jenny
2006 Shaadi Se Pehle Rani Bhalla
2006 Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota Khushboo
2006 Dor Meera Screen Award for Best Actress (Critics)[citation needed]
Zee Cine Award – Critics' Choice Best Actress[citation needed]
Bengal Film Journalists' Association - Best Actress Award[citation needed]
Stardust Best Supporting Actress Award[citation needed]
2007 Salaam-E-Ishq Gia Bakshi
2007 Kya Love Story Hai Kajal Mehra
2007 Fool N Final Tina
2007 Cash Preeti / Riya
2007 Blood Brothers Keya
2007 No Smoking Anjali / Annie
2008 Sunday Sehar Thapar
2008 De Taali Amrita "Amu"
2009 8 x 10 Tasveer Sheela Patel
2009 Wanted Jhanvi
2010 Paathshala Anjali Mathur
2011 Mod Aranya Mahadeo

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Taarzan Girl Ayesha Takia Celebrates Her Birthday Today!. businessofcinema.com (10 April 2014) Retrieved 17 September 2015
  2. ^ Wanted Creates History On Eid. Box Office India. 22 September 2009
  3. ^ Darshan, Khullar (25 February 2014). "Part II: Hindu Husbands and Muslim Wives". Pakistan: Our Difficult Neighbour and India's Islamic Dimensions. Vij Books India Pvt Ltd, 30 September 2014. p. 106. ISBN 9789382652823. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  4. ^ Guhal, Kunal (28 January 2017). "Small talk with Ayesha Takia - Green Dame". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  5. ^ "When Ayesha Takia was called insane for marrying Farhan Azmi at 23". India Today. Ist. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Ayesha Takia delivers a baby boy named Michael Azmi". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  7. ^ Press, Alive Caravan, Delhi. "Ayesha Takia's son is the cutest thing you'll see today". The Caravan. Archived from the original on 14 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "Complan Commerical [sic] (OLD) - shahid kapoor and ayesha takia on doordarshan". www.youtube.com. ckeds. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Taarzan Girl Ayesha Takia Celebrates Her Birthday Today". Business of Cinema. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  10. ^ FalguniPathakVEVO. "Falguni Pathak – Meri Chunar Udd Udd Jaye". youtube.com. Universal Music India Pvt. Ltd. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  11. ^ Krishnan, Aishwarya. "Top 5 Ayesha Takia movies on her 28th birthday". Times Internet. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Zee Cine Awards 2007, Zee TV's Bollywood awards: Vote online on Sify Max". web.archive.org. 12 February 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  13. ^ Krishnan, Aishwarya. "Top 5 Ayesha Takia movies on her 28th birthday". Times Internet. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  14. ^ "More jingoism, less singing in Sur Kshetra". Rediff. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Ayesha Takia's new look invites a swarm of Twitter trolls. Here are some mean tweets". Hindustan Times. 25 February 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  16. ^ Mishra, Rashmi (10 April 2017). "Ayesha Takia is the Queen of Snapchat filters! Hot Actress' pictures will make you forget about redundant lip & breast surgery talks!". Times Internet. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  17. ^ Azmi♡, Ayesha Takia (11 April 2014). "if wot im reading about my father in laws statements r true then me and Farhan are deeply embarrassed n ashamed..." @Ayeshatakia. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Deeply embarrassed and ashamed: Ayesha Takia reacts to father-in-law Abu Azmi's rape comment". News18. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  19. ^ "Ayesha Takia Poses with CHick for PETA Ahead of Vegan Day". India Today. Retrieved 30 November 2014.

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