Ayesha Takia on her “mutual respect” with father-in-law

BizAsia Correspondent



Their careers may be like chalk and cheese however actor Ayesha Takia told IANS in an interview that even though she may not always agree with an elders opinion, there is a “mutual respect” between her and her father-in-law, Samajwadi Party leader, Abu Azmi.

Notorious for his remarks that have been prejudiced against women, Azmi once made the headlines by stating “Women having sex outside marriage should be hanged” and after the molestation of women by a gang in Bangalore, he went onto say that “It was bound to happen. Women call nudity a fashion. They were wearing short dresses.”

Being a liberal and open-minded girl, Takia fulfilled her dreams of becoming an actor with films such as ‘Taarzan: The Wonder Car’ (2004), ‘Socha Na Tha’ (2004), ‘Shaadi No. 1’ (2005), ‘Dor’ (2006) and ‘Salaam-E-Ishq’ (2007) to her name. It’s hard to think how Takia finds a balance with such misogynistic thoughts with her family.

Further in the interview, Takia explained, “When you are in a family where there are two or three people in the limelight, like politics and acting, two worlds colliding like that, there will be times when obviously in the press or public eye, those opinions can collide and not match. I think the main and important thing is to have communication, and as a family, we have that.”

“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,” she added.

Takia, who married to Azmi’s son Farhan Azmi in 2009, was scene in music videos and television commercials before entering into films in 2004. She has been away from the public eye for a while, however some of her latest snapshots led her to being tormented for her botoxed appearance.

She spoke about the incident in a spirited manner saying, “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”. Takia said her family stands by her through thick and thin, therefore the criticism does not affect her.

“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,” she stated.

Takia will once again be seen on the big screen, with the film ‘Borivali Ka Bruce Lee. Takia says that “It is a cute movie. There is comedy, children and Kung Fu. It is just adorable. When I read the script, I was like if I want to comeback, then this is the one to do.”

By Anil Kumar Bharath