Waiting to be a writer
Ayesha Kapoor, who shot into limelight with her laurel-winning performance as a deaf, mute and blind girl in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bollywood blockbuster Black, is more keen to become a writer than an actress.
Ayesha, who received the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) award recently for the best supporting artiste for her role in the film, says she had acted only in a few school plays prior to landing the role in Black.
Ayesha is not doing any movies at present but will consider if any good roles come by. “I am too young to decide now, if I will take up acting as a profession,” she says. Ayesha is modest about her performance in Black.
“I was nervous initially, playing opposite Amitabh Bachchan but then it was fun,” she says. Ayesha says she is more interested in becoming a writer than an actress.
She likes to read and listen to music. She is passionate about horses and goes to a riding school. Though the movie Black made her a star, the sixth standard student who stays in Auroville near Pondicherry does not watch Bollywood movies and loves Hollywood flicks.
“I love to watch Hollywood movies. I love so many actors that it is difficult to single one out as my favourite actor or actress,” she says in reply to a question on her favourite screen stars. Ayesha has three brothers. She is the youngest. “No one is into acting,” she says.
Her father Dilip Kapoor is a businessman and her mother is also a working woman. Asked if her friends at school treat her differently, she says “for them, I am just Ayesha.” Ayesha used to play a “bit of football” but then gave it up and was never interested in cricket.
Apart from the IIFA award, Ayesha has won the BBC Asian Network Award, Pogo Award, Stardust Award, Screen, Apsara and Zee Cine Award for her breathtaking performance in Black.