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She plays out her own Titanic styled love story with her on-screen beau. It’s a small part in Dil Dhadakne Do(DDD). But debutante Ridhima Sud, with her bangs and soulful eyes, has got noticed.
The Delhi girl who has a double-major in Political Science and Economics from New York University, can’t believe she is a part of this big Bollywood movie with a cast of stalwarts. “I come from a family of flustered Panjus who can’t believe a girl from their clan had an acting plan. My father is a businessman. My mother’s family including my mother, is filled with academicians. Interest in acting is the last thing they expected from me,” says Ridhima who took off to NY for a degree and then got herself a job at Wall Street , “Just so that my family is convinced that I’m capable of living up to their expectations.Then I resigned from the Wall Street job to pursue my dream.”
Landing up in Mumbai to pursue a career in films was not easy. Ridhima has three unreleased films to prove how tough the going can be for a newcomer not connected to the film inddustry. “I felt so out of place. The films that I did before Dil Dhadkane Do were not Bollywood stuff. One of them Madhureeta Anand’s Kajariya may release soon. Or so I hear,” sighs the pretty newcomer.
Ridhima got the role of Noorie after only one audition. “I didn’t have to struggle to get this role. But I couldn’t believe I’d be sharing screen space with all these huge names. It was like being thrown into the deep-end, pun intended,” she smiles.
Luckily for Riddhima everyone on board was cordial and warm. “The film’s co-writer Reema Kagti helped me find my way around.
She admits to improvising on her part. “I knew what I had to do. But I would do something more to scenes and then run off to a corner hoping nobody would be offended. I was extremely lucky to have a director like Zoya Akhtar who was open to ideas.”
The reviews have made a mention of Ridhima’s debut. “To be noticed in a film that has so many big names is a blessing. I feel I am privileged. I could have easily been drowned, pun again intended. If I could float freely it was because there were so many artistes there with me to help and guide me. I’m grateful.”