She is a double major in political science and economics from New York University, USA, and had also landed a well-paying job at Wall Street. But Ridhima Sud found her calling in Bollywood, and made her acting debut with director Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do earlier this year. “My Wall Street experience comes in handy, as I can see what is commercially viable and what isn’t,” says Ridhima.
Although she starred alongside big stars such as Anil Kapoor, among others, she did make a mark with her performance. Ridhima is in no hurry to go on a film-signing spree. “I still get a lot of love for Noorie (her character in DDD). As for more work, the roles that have been offered to me [post DDD] are often in the same space [as Noorie], and I wanted my new film to showcase my range as an actor,” says the Delhi girl.
In fact, her character in her latest film, Kajarya, is starkly different from DDD. “I chose this film as my part was deeply layered and grey, and such roles are hard to come by. Also, I took it as a challenge to prove to myself that I could do something complex so early in my career. It was a huge responsibility,” she says, while calling the part “emotionally draining.”
“Usually, in such films, unless you don’t look like you haven’t bathed in three weeks, your performance doesn’t get recognised. It was emotionally challenging, but when people praise my work, it all feels worth it. I am grateful to my director,” says the young actor.
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Ridhima, who has garnered appreciation from Priyanka too, for her recent work, says that the actor is “extremely generous with her words”. “Farhan got MARD backing the film because I’m in it, and that is the biggest compliment. Everyone, whose opinions I care for, has noticed that I can play such starkly different characters,” says Ridhima, adding that her Delhi-based parents are “now cool” with her working in films, but her “grandparents still don’t miss an opportunity to suggest that I consider something else.” “They’re just being protective because our family doesn’t know anyone in films and the thought of me trying to navigate the film world alone stresses them out,” she says.