Reel vs Real


Art seems to be imitating life for 21-year-old Aisha Ahmed in her Bollywood debut, ‘3 Storeys’. In the movie, the newcomer plays a Hindu girl, Malini Mathur, who would go to any extent to be with her Muslim boyfriend, Suhail Ansari (Ankit Rathi). Like her character — daughter to a single mother — Aisha has also been brought up by her mother. Her parents separated when she was a child.

Talking about her character and the similarities with her life, she says, “My character lives in a chawl and dotes on her mother, who has single-handedly brought her up after her father passed away. She is humble, yet headstrong. So, when she falls in love with a Muslim boy, she doesn’t care about his religious background. She believes that though her decision to be with her boyfriend will hurt her mom, she will accept him eventually.” She adds, “My parents got divorced and I live with my mother and stepfather, who has always been a great support.”
Like most kids, Aisha aspired to be a pilot and then a lawyer, before the acting bug bit her.