It was a dream debut for Ayesha Kapoor – a dream role with a dream cast, who played a blind, deaf and dumb girl in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film. Black In 2005, the actor shared screen space with Amitabh Bachchan. but in another role Sikandari (2009) As a child actor, Kapoor stayed away from films till date.
talking about his life post BlackThe 27-year-old, who grew up in Auroville, says, “People don’t really watch movies in Auroville. I didn’t grow up watching Bollywood movies, it’s very multicultural. It was not like growing up in Delhi or Mumbai. People liked me. I didn’t make a big deal about being in black and being famous. I remember when I went to Pondicherry people would recognize me and take autographs… and that would be embarrassing.”
She admits that she had a different upbringing so she never let fame and money go to her head. “In Auroville you don’t brag about fame and money because you don’t want to come across as a pretentious person. It was a little overwhelming for me to navigate it all. But I am grateful for the opportunity to do the film,” She adds.
After a stellar debut that fetched him several awards, it is hard to imagine that Kapoor would not have got more acting opportunities as a child artist. Here, she reveals that her father took the decision to stay away from Bollywood on her behalf.
“My father is super protective and he didn’t want me to get caught up in the whole Bollywood stuff. They were not living in Mumbai and they did not want me to lead that life. At that age the person is very influential. People tell you that you are good and that can have a negative effect on me and affect who I am growing up.”
Kapoor quickly says that fame is not a bad thing, but for the kid, it’s a different story. In fact, she revealed that between school and college, she spent some time in Mumbai to pursue an acting career, and that’s when Shekhar Kapur’s career took off. Water Happened. Unfortunately, the film was never made.
“It was a dream role for me. The film was in both Hindi and English, something I was very comfortable with as English is not my first language…. I had a contract for three films with the production house and then the film got shelved and I broke the contract. My parents then insisted that I go to college and I went back to study,” shares Kapoor, who is now an integrative nutrition health coach.
Currently based in Goa, she says that living outside Auroville made her realize how difficult it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle on a daily basis.
“It also made me realize that I wanted to be in the field and embrace health and wellness. I graduated with sociology from Columbia University last year and I did a one-year health and nutrition course. I Want to share this with people. I now live in Goa and help people achieve their health goals and get healthy themselves,” explains Kapoor, who co-founded an accessory company with her mother are also.
However, she admits that there is still love left for acting. “My primary focus is the health and wellness sector. But I am ready for acting. I haven’t signed any agent yet. I’ve approached people, but nothing has happened. I’m just doing it in the right kind of role. Would like to play with,” she concluded.