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From a star’s daughter to a star’s wife: Aishwaryaa Dhanush’s book Standing on an Apple Box

Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush in conversation with Rana Daggubati at the launch for her debut book Standing on an Apple Box.

Written by Krishna Vamsi | Hyderabad |
December 20, 2016 2:33:02 pm
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From being a mother of two sons, to an author, actor, India’s goodwill ambassador to the UN and yet being most famous for being the daughter of superstar Rajinikanth, Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush has a lot of emotions packed in her debut book, Standing on an  Apple Box. The book is a memoir of her journey as a star’s daughter and other roles she has played in her life.

In the last leg of her book promotion that happened in Hyderabad on Monday, the actor was also joined by Tollywood hunk Rana Daggubati for a conversation talking about her book and their close relations with the filmy worlds.

“With the many roles in my life, apple box is something that has been constant throughout. It has been always there: in the set, whenever I used to go to my dad’s shoot, my husband’s shoot and even when I started shooting. There are days when there would be a lot of chaos and confusion but there is always there would always be that place where I would go and sit and that’s on the apple box,” explained why Aishwaryaa felt that title was apt for the book.

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A personal journey through her memories as a child, she said she never realised how big a personality her father was.”I think it was very different for me. It was a collective decision by my family to keep us away from limelight and media. We never realized who our dad was because he was as simple and as real as any man when he came home. That was maybe the beauty of it and we felt that we had a normal childhood. My father never came with that aura of a superstar or at least my mother filtered it. So we knew who our dad was but never so much to think that he was that larger-than-life figure,” she said.

Being a mother to two sons whose father is a star, feels like history repeating itself to Aishwarya. She said she is “60 per cent” of what her mother is.

Aishwaryaa directed three films and acted but she never imagined herself being an actor. “The whole idea of being an actress was never there and I am happy with where I am in my life right now,” she shared.

However, she also thinks it’s an absurd idea to compare herself with Rajinikanth or Dhanush.

“It is really stupid to compare or gauge my success with that of my husband’s or father’s If I do, I guess I will suffer from depression because I can never match up to them and if I start doing that it will stunt my growth too,” she added.

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A little from her upbringing and a little from her social activities in women upliftment with UN, Aishwarya thinks feminism is a very important idea to be nurtured. “I have two boys at home and I am bringing them up as feminists because I feel feminism is not a bad word. Feminism is not about hating men, it is about respecting women and I think every mother should bring up their kids like that,” she said.

Rana Daggubati also echoed similar sentiments but for the star, diverse upbringing in his life played a key role that made him the actor he is.

“I started off with films. I was a VFX supervisor. Then I sold my company and went away. I tried to do little other things for a little while. I was trying to do food processing. I was trying to make chili powder and turmeric at one point and I ran a BPO. My family had also come from diverse backgrounds to meet on a common platform called cinema. My grandfather was a farmer, my father was an engineer who became a filmmaker, my uncle (Venkatesh) studied MBA and became an actor but they all converged into movies. I always had a bunch of people who were different and this why I am what I am,” Rana said.

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