Ayesha Takia is an Indian actress 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 notable films include Dor (2006), for which she won the Screen Award for Best Actress (Critics), and Wanted (2009).
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 and also in Falguni Pathak’s “Meri Chunar Udd Udd Jaye” music video.Later she appeared in the music video Shake It Daddy” Remix of song Nahin Nahin Abhi Nahin along with actor Keith Sequeira, 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.
She is very active on social media, especially Twitter and has been a supporter for wildlife protection. She has a son with her husband Farhan Azmi. In April 2014, Ayesha denounced her father-in-law, Samajwadi party MLA Abu Azmi’s comment that rape victims should also be punished.
In a public statement, she has claimed to be a vegan while posing for a vegan ad for PETA India.