Taj Krishna, in association with HarperCollins India, Amazon India and Shethepeople, celebrated the successful launch of Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush’s debut book, Standing on an Apple Box, with a housefull audience. The book was launched by acclaimed actor Rana Daggubati in an invigorating discussion with the author, Aishwaryaa R Dhanush. The event witnessed the country’s most prominent star daughter in an engaging conversation about being a celebrity child, her many roles as women, growing up in cinema-land and much more.
To share a little about the author- Director, dancer, goodwill advocate for the United Nations, Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush, is so much more than the daughter of a legendary actor, or the wife of southern cinema’s biggest star. Growing up in Bangalore and then Madras, in a household that resolutely kept out any hint of her father’s superstardom, she was a quiet, introverted child whose greatest pleasure was a visit to Marina Beach and an occasional meal out. It was not cinema but law that became a preoccupation when she started thinking about college and career—but fate, and her mother, had other plans for her.
Intensely personal, but also inspirational, Aishwaryaa’s memoir is an unusually frank insight into growing up in cinema-land. A playful meditation on the joys and difficulties of being a woman in this age, Standing on an Apple Box is as much a celebration of individual fulfilment as it is of family.
Aishwaryaa R. Dhanush is a film director and a start-up entrepreneur. She is the daughter of the legendary actor Rajinikanth and is married to Dhanush, also one of India’s best-known actors. She is the mother of two boys. She lives in Chennai, India. Aishwaryaa is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer (recognized by the state government for the same in 2009), a voracious reader and a passionate writer. In August 2016, she was appointed as UN Women’s Advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment in India. Standing on an Apple Box is her first book.