REACHING FOR THE STARS
Elle India|April 2020
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AISHA AHMED

On Ahmed: cotton shirt, ₹2,799, cotton and polyester pants, ₹4,499, mesh blend and imitation leather sneakers, ₹5,299; all United Colors of Benetton. Sterling silver ear clip, ₹1,500, sterling silver nail rings, ₹1,900 (each), sterling silver nail rings, ₹1,200, (each); all Bhavya Ramesh. 22K gunmetal-plated base metal and enamel pendant, ₹6,500, Outhouse

She grew up in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, with her maternal grandparents, far away from the temptation of Mumbai, and was sent to Barnes School in Deolali, Nashik after Class 5. But clearly, Aisha Ahmed was destined to follow her mother Rukhsar Kabir’s footsteps. After her Class 10 board exams, she came to Mumbai to live with her mother and started auditioning while attending acting workshops. She bagged her first feature film when she was just 19, 3 Storeys, directed by Arjun Mukerjee, but that took three years to release. In the meantime, she started doing sketches with Filter Copy, which did so well that she was cast in Adulting, a digital series by Dice Media that chronicles the lives of two twentysomething women in Mumbai. From clinking Beer mugs to living life on a budget, sexual harassment to corporate drudgery, Adulting tackled topics that struck a chord with other twenty-somethings to become something of a cult. Along the way, she’s done music videos, fashion shoots, and become the goto girl for those looking for an actor to play the “young urban girl”.

WHAT’S NEXT: She wants to keep experimenting with roles to avoid being typecast.

WHY SHE’S UNIQUE: “It was a huge challenge for Aisha to portray a role that is set in the Partition era for my short film Amritsar Junction, but she was like an empty cassette, ready to be filled with the right thoughts and emotions. And yet she didn’t hold herself back from sharing conflicting views, which helped in building the right chemistry on set,” says writer and director Aditya Jhambale.

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