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Ayesha Takia to make TV debut

Ayesha Takia on vanishing from B-town and making her debut as a TV show host.

tv Updated: Sep 06, 2012 19:32 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
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Ayesha Takia on vanishing from B-town and making her debut as a TV show host.

Why did you choose to make a comeback as a TV host (with Sur Kshetra)?
It’s an exciting project, with contestants from India and Pakistan, and a never-before-seen jury that comprises legends like Asha Bhosle, Abida Parveen and Runa Laila. I was nervous as I had never hosted a show before. But Boneyji (Kapoor) and Gajji(producer Gajendra Singh) convinced me. I have been in front of a camera since I was four years old, so it’s easy for me to act. But TV hosts have to prod people, handle things when needed and think on their feet, while as actors, we are led around. I am not great in awkward situations, but I’m glad I managed well.

There’s always the baggage of tension — political and religious — between India and Pakistan. You’re Hindu by birth, married to a Muslim (Farhan Azmi) and hosting a show with Indians and Pakistanis. Was it tough?
Ashaji asked me about it once. I told her that we are a mixed family with people from all religions and communities. Our outlook towards people isn’t based on their religion. That’s why I could marry outside and yet, remain myself. It makes me realise how I never notice this(Hindu-Muslim religious difference); it’s what people talk about before anything else. It creates negativity and widens the gap (between India and Pakistan), not giving the people a chance (towards peace).

You disappeared after a hit like Wanted (2008). Why?
I am a content person and not overambitious.For me to get out of my comfort zone,I need a project that works for me.I am fussy about my roles. Someone from Bollywood once told me, ‘I wish you weren’t such a happy and content person’. I tell people I am happy. I couldn’t care less. I don’t want to just stand around looking pretty in the background. I would rather sit at home, put oil in my hair, sip tea and gossip. I make different choices than what’s expected of me.

You are involved in your husband’s business too.

Our boutique hotel is almost ready and I am decorating all the 10 rooms in different themes. Working with him was fascinating.