Ayesha Takia was born on April 10, 1986, in Mumbai. She made her film debut in Taarzan: The Wonder Car, for which she won the best debut award. (Pics/Yogen Shah, mid-day archives and Ayesha Takia's official Instagram account)
Ayesha Takia studied at St Anthony's Girls High School in Chembur. She started her career at an early age when she became part of a children's health drink campaign. She was also seen in Falguni Pathak's 'Meri Chunar Udd Udd Jaye' music video. Ayesha Takia went on to act in films like Dil Maange More, Socha Na Tha, Shaadi No. 1, Dor and Wanted, among others.
Remember the little girl who appeared on our TV screens during the early '90s and proclaimed "I am Complan Girl?" She was none other than Ayesha Takia.
A rare family snapshot of Ayesha Takia with her father Nishit, mother Faridah and sister Natasha.
Ayesha also appeared in the 'Shake It Daddy' remix of the song Nahin Nahin Abhi Nahin alongside Keith Sequeira. This music video is what brought her into focus and paved the way for her entry into Bollywood. Besides Bollywood, Ayesha Takia was seen in the 2005 Telugu film Super opposite Tollywood star Akkineni Nagarjuna.
Ayesha Takia tied the knot with Farhan Azmi, politician Abu Azmi's son, in 2009 and they have a son, Mikail, who is now a 6-year-old.
In September 2016, Ayesha Takia was subjected to rumours of having had a lip enhancement surgery because of her fuller lips. The photos on her Instagram account (now deleted) took the internet by storm.
With lusher lips and high cheekbones, Ayesha Takia's look fuelled speculations of cosmetic surgery gone wrong.
Ayesha Takia took to Instagram to shut haters down with a powerful post. She wrote, "Crazzzy long arm... me takin selfies! Y not lol! #StopSelfieShaming All u girls n guys who love urself enough to take ur own picture and feel good about it should be proud. Don't let anyone tell u to dim ur confidence and self love. We live in a world of judgements and bullying, so we need to rise above that n just be who we are and be proud of it. LOVE URSELF [sic]"
The actress, who took a sabbatical from movies post marriage, silenced her detractors with a powerful post yet again. It read, "Hey all you fabulous people, let's be super proud of who we are right now coz it's freakin 2017 and we ain't letting no bullies bring us down. I love myself and you should love yourself too. Be fabulous and #StopSelfieSha-ming, stop picking on people for who they wanna be. It's lame AF. Opinions are like a**hol**, everyone has one. So scr** what others think. [sic]"
Ayesha Takia in an interview talking about social media trolls said, "We are surrounded by social media today. You have to develop a thick skin and get over it. So, I cleared things out as much as I could and ultimately laughed it off."
Ayesha Takia said things have changed drastically with social media a dominant presence in everyone's lives today.
Ayesha Takia had said, "In the beginning, when I was doing movies social media wasn't that big, people weren't on cell phones all the time. Now it's different. You are all over the place, everything is out there, sadly people get trolled constantly. It's not just for actors, but people, in general, are getting trolled. My sister gets trolled for just having tattoos and piercing. Anyone can get picked on."
Ayesha Takia, often asked by the media to respond to her father-in-law Abu Azmi's views, finds herself at the receiving end of criticism.
Talking about the same, Ayesha Takia had once said, "When people are in the public eye, they are questioned for their choice of words. A difference in mindset and generation gap is the issue. There is a difference of opinion [between me and my father-in-law], which is fine. As a celebrity, I take it in my stride that I am expected to harbour an opinion even on something I didn't say."
Ayesha Takia has time and again mentioned that she respects her father-in-law Abu Azmi. She said, "Even though sometimes in a family, we might not agree with everything an elder thinks or says, but you can obviously respect and love them. That's how we are. We care about each other, but we don't necessarily think the same on every topic and that's totally fine... There is still mutual respect and love there."
Apparently, Takia's photographs that led to her getting trolled for her "botoxed" look were morphed. "I was with my family in Goa when we saw the photographs and we started laughing because it was so not who I am and I realise that anyone, who has seen me and meets me in person, will know that it's absolute crap. So I never felt the need to ever speak about it. But I have realised it since then, that every month, some actor or actress is picked on or trolled," Ayesha said.
Ayesha Takia's family stood by her through it all and continues to support her so that criticism does not affect the actress.
Ayesha Takia said about her family, "I've been blessed with the most awesome family life and I have a great support system. I have a very full life with a child, businesses and things. So I don't take the time to notice the negativity around."
Ayesha Takia made a comeback in 2017 with the music video titled Zindagi Tujhse Kya Karen Shikvey from the album Zindagi Yeh Zindagi. The song directed by Lovely Singh, Amit Mishra had lent the voice and it was composed by Raaj Aashoo.
Very few know that Ayesha Takia has been following a vegan lifestyle for a while now.
In 2011, Ayesha Takia starred in Mod, which received a fairly good response. In 2012, she hosted the musical-reality show Sur Kshetra.
We wish Ayesha Takia all the best in her future endeavours and very happy birthday!
Ayesha Takia, the girl who made her Bollywood debut with Taarzan: The Wonder Car, opposite Vatsal Sheth, turns a year older today. From being part of blockbuster movies like Salman Khan-starrer Wanted and Sunday, opposite Ajay Devgn among others, to now being a doting mother, let's take a look at Ayesha Takia's journey.