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Ayesha Takia says motherhood is her first priority, work can wait

Ayesha Takia says that raising her son has been the most fulfilling experience and not once has she missed being in front of the camera.

bollywood Updated: Jul 19, 2017 16:29 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Ayesha Takia,Mikail Azmi,Farhan Azmi
Actor Ayesha Takia took a sabbatical from films when she became mother to a baby boy in 2013.

Actor Ayesha Takia, who has remained away from the silver screen for over three years, doesn’t regret a single moment of absence. The actor says that she was taking care of her son, Mikail Azmi, who is 3 years old now. She says the experience of bringing him up has been amazing so far. “I have thoroughly enjoyed it. For all these years that I was away, I was extremely happy to give him all my time and attention while being a full-time and hands-on mom. I don’t think anything else can replace this feeling and the lovely experience of being with Mikhail every single day. I don’t regret a single moment of staying away from the camera.”

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Ayesha has returned to screen with a music video and plans to continue working.She has a a few other projects lined-up including opening a vegan restaurant and launching a fashion line soon. She’s clear that nothing takes over her son’s time. “He is my priority and whatever work I do, I want people to understand and know that my working hours will be different and my son has to be accommodated first. So, I make sure that only when these conditions are met, I take up something or else I would just skip. I have to spend time with my son and if that can’t be taken care of, then work can wait.”

Asked about people who say that life and career priorities change for female stars once they become mothers, Ayesha says each person’s journey is different and it’s unfair to compare. “Each actor is different and not everyone is looking for the same thing. For instance, I have never worried that people have to think of me in a certain way or have to accept me when I return to screen after a sabbatical. Those have never been important things for me,” she adds.

The actor feels that “times have changed” and people no longer talk about such things. “Whether before a sabbatical or after that, everybody is doing their own things. You see so many actors branching out into so many different things than just acting. It’s so fantastic.”

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First Published: Jul 19, 2017 16:29 IST