Actress Vidushi Chadha remembers her #CampusKeDin at SRCC
Vidushi Chadha’s short Neckline made waves at film festivals around the world. But the actress and screenwriter is looking forward to showcasing her award-winning work back home in India. The Delhi girl, based in Los Angeles (USA), is waiting for the opening of applications for the opening of the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) film festival. “I can’t wait to show my work [here]. I’m a little scared, because the local public is the most critical, but it will also be rewarding,” she tells us.
She wrote, starred and produced the film which won Best Direction for a Narrative Short Film at the famed Golden State Film Festival, LA this year. It will be screened at the Marina del Rey Film Festival next month. The former resident of South Delhi Defense Colony recalls her time at the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) at Delhi University (DU) where she pursued BCom (Hons) and fell in love with the theater after joining its dramatic society.
Her artistic journey began in 2016 when Chadha, in her first month after joining SRCC, was cast as the lead in the college play, an adaptation of Black Comedy, a one-act farce by the English playwright Peter Shaffer. Chadha recalls: “It was my first time playing and I didn’t know what I was doing. I started attending every theater workshop I could find because I was supposed to be on stage for at least an hour and hold the audience’s attention. I found the freedom to act. Being part of the play was life changing, not just for me but for almost everyone who was part of the production. We had been working there for months and performing all over Delhi.
Chadha remained an active member of her college’s theatrical society and even brushed her skills at various theaters around the city. “Playing has become my priority. I attended my classes in the morning and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., I rehearsed for the production of our company. Later I would take the tube to Connaught Place, to work on another piece, and then later that night I would have my accounting and company law lessons. My parents made it very clear that I wouldn’t be allowed to play if I didn’t perform well,” adds Chadha.
In 2018, she moved to California to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and is currently in pre-production for her upcoming short, Back Pocket – a cheeky, humorous piece that she wrote about the lack of pockets in women’s clothing. However, he still misses the comforts of home. “I really miss the vibe of the city, especially the theater community and their support. We used to be so resourceful in college, making huge sets possible through the juggad,” shares Chadha, who adds how she strives to create meaningful work that inspires, uplifts, and touches the hearts of people. people.
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