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Ayesha Takia dismisses rumours of having gone under the knife, talks about making a comeback to the big screen and the launch of her vegan restaurant
Sanyukta Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 17, 2017)
In February, a photograph of Ayesha Takia looking very unlike herself, with seemingly botoxed cheeks and lip fillers, went viral, with the grapevine buzzing about a cosmetic surgery gone wrong. When Mirror caught up with the 31-year-old actress at her Colaba restaurant, she dismissed the talk as “all nonsense”.
“I was in Goa when the morphed picture was shared online. I have a small face but in that picture it looked long and funny. I passed it off with a laugh,” she says, adding that as the pro-active mother of the hyper-active three-and-a-half year-old son Mikail, she has no time to even hit the spa.
She insists her dream is to sit in a quiet corner sipping iced latte. “But Mikail insists on making the drink for me himself, creating more work,” she sighs with mock exasperation, obviously enjoying this real-life role of a full-time mom. “I’ve never been someone who wanted to look pretty with nothing to say. When people see me face-to-face they know immediately that I’ve not gone under the knife and they are the ones who matter.”
Ayesha bagged the Filmfare Best Debut in 2004 for Taarzan: The Wonder Car and went on to win rave reviews for her turn in Imtiaz Ali’s directorial debut, Socha Na Tha a year later. The then 18-year-old actress, against the advice of every filmmaker-friend, nixed all girl-next-door roles to play the Rajasthani widow in Nagesh Kukunoor’s intense drama Dor. Then, while poised on the brink of stardom after the Salman Khan-blockuster Wanted, the 23-year-old took the plunge with restauranteur-boyfriend, Farhan Azmi. She was last seen in Nagesh Kukunoor’s Mod in 2011 and is now prepping up for a comeback with Ashutosh Warang’s comedy-drama, Borivali Ka Bruce Lee, featuring a young boy whose dreams revolve around Kung Fu and to become a master of martial arts. Ayesha plays his mother who sets out on an adventurous journey with him. “My son would enjoy seeing me as a screen mom. It’s a really funny script with all the everyday mama-dramas,” she chuckles. Before the full fledged film appearance, she will be seen in Lovely Singh’s music video, Zindagi Yeh Zindagi, composed by Amit Mishra. She had been directed by Lovely for Kya Love Story Hai in 2007. “Though that film didn’t do well, I knew it would be fun to reunite with him. He’s a great director,” she points out.
This year, Ayesha is also set to open a vegan restaurant with mom Faridah as Head Chef in Mumbai and start her own fashion line, which will bring together high-street, urban-chic clothing at affordable prices. “Everything has changed in the years that I’ve not been around. Social media has blown up and actors are shooting, hitting the gym, and sharing what they’re eating all the time. I had never put so much thought into being an actress. When I debuted at 14, people asked me where I saw myself in the next 10 years and I always replied, why would anyone want to remember me? Why does everyone want to make something out of a fun day at work? I didn’t care then, and I don’t care now,” she signs off with a shrug.