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Comedy is not easy: Ayesha Takia

Ayesha Takia believes her role in the comedy, Sunday, has that edge of difference. The actress talks to V Ananth on how to tackle the ha-ha business.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2008 18:43 IST
V Ananth
V Ananth
Hindustan Times

W hen I meet her at a suburban club, she announces that perhaps for the first time in our movies, she’s playing a girl who earns her livelihood by dubbing for movie animation characters. Yeah Ayesha Takia believes her role in the upcoming comedy, Sunday, has that edge of difference.

Comedy is tough
After her remarkable performance in Dor, Takia believes this has been her most demanding role. Er..really?

“Yes absolutely. Believe me comedy is no laughing matter for an actress, in fact it’s tougher to do than a dramatic role,” she asserts. “I had to be loud because, in general, animated characters are pretty lively and over the top. I must have watched hundreds of cartoon movies beforewe started filming.”

Her parents thought she had regressed into her childhood because she would only watch cartoon movies for weeks.Voice modulation — to sound like the Disneyesque animal toons—was part of her coaching.

Okay, so what does she have to say about the odd ball No Smoking? "Compared to my role in Dor, I had nothing much to do in No
Smoking. I took on the part because I couldn’t say no to Anurag Kashyap when he offered me the double role—as the wife and the secretary to John Abraham. Anurag has been a friend and well-wisher ever since I was shooting my first film (Socha Na Tha).”

Her favourites

Ayesha, who turns 23 this year, says that among the cartoon heroes, Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse are her favourites. “Tom and Jerry too,” she adds. “But I didn’t have to watch them for Sunday .. because they don’t talk.. there are only sound effects and music.”

The actress admits that though she has been praised as an actress who can deliver the goods, she still longs for a bonanza commercial hit which will push her into the A-list of heroines. “I still have to get that hit which will be my career’s turning point. Sure, it’s better to be known as a good performer rather than a non-actor whose films are major hits. Still, I am sure there’s no artiste in the world who doesn’t want to be in a mega hit.”

About working with Ajay Devgan and director Rohit Shetty in Sunday, she smiles, “I was working with them for the first time.. but they made me feel as if I was their long-lost friend. I felt like one of the boys in the unit."

Coming up
Among the films Ayesha has in her kitty right now, count Prabhu Deva's Wanted with Salman Khan, E. Niwas' De Taali with Riteish Deshmukh and Aftab Shivdasani and Nagesh Kukunoor's Eight ByTen, a psychological thriller with Akshay Kumar.

Five years from now—but not a day before that, it seems—Ayesha Takia sees herself as Ayesha Azmi.

“ Farhan and I have been going around for the last four years,” she says matter-of-factly. “It’s no secret that we’re serious about each other. What I like about him is that he likes to give me a lot of space.”