February 22, 2020
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Aishwaryaa Rajnikanth Dhanush

The director and dancer on life as a superstar child and wife, and her first book, Standing on an Apple Box.

Aishwaryaa Rajnikanth Dhanush
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Aishwaryaa Rajnikanth Dhanush

As a superstar’s kid, now life as Dhanush’s wife, you’ve had a roller-coaster ride.

Yes, I have lovely memories; It has been two meaningful roles to play.

And yet, you come across as very down-to-earth.

Thank you. My parents emp­hasised simple living and high thinking, and, luckily, so does Dhanush.

But you are a big critic of your father!

I would say so, but I am never unreasonable.

You say the book is autobiographical. Aren’t you too young to write a memoir?

It’s not autobiographical. It’s simply sharing memories and moments!

You’ve written film scripts; how different was writing a book?

Writing it was easy. I did not have to make up things and work on description. I wanted it to read as real as possible.

The book’s divided into three parts: daughter, wife and mother. Which part was most challenging?

None, as I was just putting down experiences. The most challenging part I would say was to keep up timelines and deadlines!

Do you relate to Shweta Bachchan Nanda, who has written the foreword?

Of course. The families have had great love and regard for each other for years.

There is always talk about Rajnikanth joining politics, is there any truth in it?

He is the one who should answer this.

You are working on a biopic next?

Yes, I am working on a very inspiring biopic and the protagonist is from the south.

We made this up: when Rajnikanth went to withdraw money, the ATMs queued up. What’s your fav­ourite Rajni joke?

Can’t remember—there have been so many. A recent one was at the time of Cyclone Vardah: Chennai, not to worry, it was only appa blowing his birthday candles.

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