She is a Mumbaite and comes from a mixed family. Her father is Gujarati, and her mother is half British and half Maharashtrian Muslim.
She listens to loads of hip-hop, techno, trance, soft rock, rock, and also loves Ghazals, Sufi, and Hindi film music. Her favorite Pakistani artists are Ghulam Ali and Abeeda Parveen.
Loves to listen to stories of the character she is playing in upcoming films, holidays, coffee, dancing, music, reading, traveling, & her favorite thing to do is sitting at cafés over conversation with people she likes.
Is a member of PETA.She is a person who is very much attached to animals. Encourages people to stop using leather and other products which are tested on animals and to be kind to animals.
Her favorite actors from childhood are Johnny Depp, Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, and Shah Rukh Khan. Her favorite actresses are Priyanka Chopra, Rani Mukerji, and her all-time favorite is Sridevi. Ayesha finds there are many good directors, but she has always liked Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
When she is not acting she reads books, goes for long drives, and meets her friends in the industry.
Won the Filmfare Best Debut Award 2004 for Taarzan.
In 2006, she was amongst the Top Ten on the listing of India's 50 Most Desirable Women Alive, a poll conducted by Zoom, an Indian TV channel.
Her father's name is Nishit, her mother's name is Faridah, and her younger sister's name is Natasha.
Grew up in Chembur which is the suburb of Mumbai located in India.
Before entering films, she appeared in two music videos: Falguni Pathak's Meri Chunar Udd Udd Jaye, when she was fifteen. She then appeared in the video, Shake It Daddy by Dee Jay Aqeel, when she was sixteen, which brought her to the attention of the movie industry, and a few film offers followed.
Owns a BMW 7 Series Sedan and Honda City.
Her favorite film Yash Chopra film is Lamhe (1991) since it has Sridevi in it. Another favorite is Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). She said that the role of Kajol in the movie is her dream role.
Had to learn Urdu to act, but she only had to learn diction because she came from a family where she speaks more of English at home.
Shares a cat with her sister named Morrisson.
Went to St. Anthony's school, but never went to college because she started to work when she turned sixteen.
Fasted the entire month of Ramadan out of love for boyfriend Farhan Azmi.
Her dad interacts with her producers because he handles her dates. She only interacts with her directors and says her mom handles her life.
Did her first ad when she was 4 and since then she wanted to be an actress.
Says if she weren't an actress she would be a would be a travel show hostess, as she loves to travel and would still be in front of the camera.
Is scared of heights and everything that has risks involved.
Favorite brands: Mango, Zara, Diesel, Fcuk, Guess and G star.
Favorite perfumes: 212 Sexy by Carolina Herrera, Armani Code by Giorgio Armani, Cherie by Christian Dior, and True Star by Tommy Hilfiger.
Her favorite places to shop are Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, London and Amsterdam.
Her bad habit is chewing nails right to the skin.
Says she has never cooked, but can make good tea and coffee. She says she is a big chai addict.
Says her beauty secret is smiling.
Does two hours of aerobics everyday.
Saved from meeting with a fatal accident while shooting in Calgary, Canada for 8 x 10 Tasveer (2009). The scene required her to drive a car with Akshay Kumar sitting beside her. However, she lost control while driving. Kumar took hold of the steering wheel and controlled the car in the nick of the time (2007).
She is a person who always works out and does not indulge in drugs and alcohol because she believes it takes a person away from reality and life.
Has known Shahid Kapoor since the days when they shot for the 'Complan Kids' ad.
Won the award for IIFA Star Debut (2004).
Won Star's Sabsey Favourite Nayi Heroine (2005).
She has a boyfriend named Farhan Azmi and has started a boutique hotel business with him.
Won Zee Cine Critics Award - Best Actress , tied with Gul Panag for Dor (2006) (2007).
Won Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards, Best Actress for Dor (2006) (2007).
Won Stardust Best Supporting Actress Award for Dor (2006) (2007).
Won Star Screen Award Best Actress (Critics) for Dor (2006) (2007).
She has has done various roles ranging from comedy to serious characters, but prefers romantic movies.
Insists producers sign a contract on her reservations about intimate and steamy scenes.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 27, a son on December 6, 2013. Child's father is her husband, Farhan Azmi.
Father is producer Nishith Takia of Delhi Safari fame.
Was offered a role in the Hollywood movie " A Knight With The King" but turned it down.
Was involved with Siddharth Koirala in 2004.