Ridhima Sud on her career switch from Wall Street to the silver screen
Dil Dhadakne Do came with a heavy-duty, ensemble cast, but all of us took note of fashionista Noorie who even “lost her temper with dignity”. Played by former Wall Street banker-turned-B-town debutante, Ridhima Sud has been a busy actress since. She’s bagged a three-film deal with Soojit Sircar and John Abraham’s production house and has already begun shooting for the first, a wedding drama (reportedly titled Satra Ko Shaadi Hai) co-starring Barun Sobti and Harshavardhan Rane. Up next is Madhurima Anand’s Kajariya, which sees her in the role of a journalist. Sud says she signed up for an acting course in LA, with Leonardo Di Caprio’s acting coach Larry Moss, because she had grown restless in her Wall Street job. Admitting that she was nervous acting with experienced actors like Ranveer Singh (she only had a week’s time to prepare), she says her family did not take her seriously initially. “My naani she thought no one would marry me and they were worried about the stability factor. But now they are in full support,” says the political science and economics graduate (NYU).
Sud has had several interesting associations with cinema. Besides being Toby Mcguire’s (Spider Man) classmate in the acting class, she was production assistant to second unit director, Alfonso Gomez Rajon at the Delhi schedule of Eat Pray Love. “I showed up at the set every day, asking to be part of the team. They were so fed up by the end, they created a job for me,” reminisces the 24-year-old, who has also acted in the Oscar-nominated Ballad of Rustom. Looking up to Anushka Sharma for being the youngest producer in Bollywood, Sud hopes to follow in her footsteps and turn producer for international content, besides trying her hand at an action flick in the future.
Kajariya is slated to release in September.