Ayesha Takia

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).



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 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 thatTaarzan 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.

In 2011, she starred in Mod, which met with a good response.As of 2012, she was hosting the musical-reality show Sur Kshetra.



Ayesha with husband Farhan Azmi in 2009

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.


Year Film Role Notes
2004 Taarzan: The Wonder Car Priya Rakesh Kapoor Filmfare Best Female Debut Award
IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Female
Star’s Sabsey Favourite Nayi Heroine
Nominated—Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female
Nominated—Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut
2004 Dil Maange More Shagun Nominated—Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female
Nominated—Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut
2004 Socha Na Tha Aditi Malhotra
2005 Shaadi No. 1 Bhavna
2005 Super Siri Valli Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
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)
Zee Cine Award – Critics’ Choice Best Actress
Bengal Film Journalists’ Association – Best Actress Award
Stardust Best Supporting Actress Award
2007 Salaam-E-Ishq Gia Bakshi
2007 Kya Love Story Hai Kajal Mehra
2007 Fool and 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 Jahnvi
2010 Paathshala Anjali Mathur
2011 Mod Aranya Mahadeo
2013 Aap Ke Liye Hum Tamanna

See also

  • List of Indian film actresses
  • Keith Sequeira