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“Only India has a fifth season – the marriage season!”


If you judged her to be a bubbly pretty face after her first film, DIL DHADKNE DO, take a look at her next, KAJARYA. RIDHIMA SUD talks to VIRAJ SAWANT about her fascination with the pheras and the changing concept of marriage.

Born and raised in Delhi till 17, RidhimaSudmoved to Italy for her studies. After a brief stay there, this ambitious girl left for America to study at the New York University. All this with a part time career in modelling! She went on to baga job on Wall Street. Yet despite a well-paying job in her kitty, she returned to India to struggle to become an actor! Why?

“When I finished my college and I got myself a job, it kind of confirmed for me that this wasn’t the kind of life I was looking for. This is not who I wanted to be. All those people who want a certain lifestyle, for them that job would be perfect. But on the contrary, I realised I wasn’t one of them. The life I wanted to build for myself could not be achieved by a job on Wall Street. I also felt very disconnected with all that,” explains Ridhima.

Apparently, Bollywood casting director NandiniShrikent remembered Ridhima from a commercial she had castfor. That’s how she bagged a role in DIL DHADAKNE DO. A lot of praises from the who’s who of the industry followed and Ridhima is already flooded with offers. Coming up next is an intense film called KAJARYA. “The film is an intense docu-drama about female foeticide. It was shot partially in Delhi and in UP. The director actually incorporated real people from those villages. The film has a very raw and real feel to it. It’s a combination of actors and non-actors. The scene where I am dealing with media people, all of them are real cameramen and journalists.”

Stepping into a controversial space of films so early in her career, would that be the right move?
“As an actor I just can’t ask for anything more. I got an opportunity to indulge and explore a very different side. I liked the character. She’s a young girl and ambitious, lives away from her family and is trying to figure out life. That’s when she stumbles upon this story and unearths it for the world to see.”

After this, Ridhima also has signed a three film deal with ShoojitSircar and John Abraham Productions. And she announces, “It’s a three film deal to be completed in four years. First in the pipeline is SATRA KO SHAADI HAI. It’s a light film, unlike a content-heavy one like MADRAS CAFE or a VICKY DONOR. My angle in the film is a romantic one opposite HarshvardhanRane. BarunSobti is also in the film. In the film I am being dragged to a wedding by my parents. Everyone is dragged at some point or the other to a wedding, reluctantly. All hell breaks loose when she gets there. Beyond the love story, you can say it’s like a behind the scenes of a typical Indian wedding…The drama, the politics, to the little back-bitching and everything else that happens at a wedding!”

Carrying on with the same topic, she quips, “We are the only country which has a separate wedding season! All over the world we have four seasons but in India we have a fifth season as well. Weddings are huge, like an ultimate form of celebration!”

Just a film down and already grabbing attention, what sort of a husband would Ridhima be looking for? “I haven’t thought much about this. I am changing as a person, so you have to give the liberty to my choice as that will also be changing with time. As of now, I can say that I am looking for someone with a strong moral compass. A sense of responsibility towards family and friends and he should be ambitious. I hope he is adventurous. He should be open to new ideas and fun. Lastly music is something, I really judge people on. So he should have a good sense of music; preferably even play a musical instrument.”