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Spotlight: In Conversation With Actor Trimala Adhikari



Spotlight: In Conversation With Actor Trimala Adhikari

We chat with the girl from Nainital, whose short film has made it to this year’s Cannes Film Festival

Trimala Adhikari has quite a few acting credits and one casting credit to her filmography. But her latest work definitely shines brightest. Her short film, Afternoon Clouds (in pic), has made it to the final selection of short films at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival. It is also the first FTII student film to make it to the reputed festival.

We catch up with the actress about her work, upcoming projects and more.

IB: How was the experience of working on Afternoon Clouds? How did the project happen?

My sister was a student of FTII and had once asked me to act in one of her short films. Payal (Kapadia, director or Afternoon Clouds) had seen me in one of these films. She got in touch with me and sent the script. I read the script and loved it because it had very few dialogues which instantly got me interested. It was a very good experience. She was very clear about what she wanted. Also the crew was very professional; at no point did I feel I was doing a student film.

IB: Do you plan on directing anything in the future?

I would really like to direct a short film in the future. But for now I’m directing a play for kids called English Medium, which opens this month.

IB: What are the current projects you are working on?

I’ve completed shoot for a film called Ajji ( directed by Devashish Makhija). I was also part of the film Bhasmasur directed by Nishil Sheth.

IB: How was your experience of being a casting director on Bhasmasur – a film in which you are acting as well?

It was quite tough as it was my first film as a casting director. To really understand what the director wants, was fun. The challenge was to select the kid for the film. I chose to cast a kid from the village itself, and that process was tough.

IB: Any words of wisdom for aspiring actors?

I would just say, keep working hard. Be part of something or the other; keep learning. Lack of work may frustrate you, but remind yourself to be patient.

IB: How would you describe your feeling when you heard that it made it to Cannes?

I was very glad to hear Afternoon Clouds made it to Cannes. The crew was on point through the shoot and it shows on screen. It’s a well told film and I’m glad we made it.

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Arundhati Chatterjee is a part-time writer, full-time dreamer. Hoards fountain pens, listens to The Beatles, eats multiple meals and yawns too often. Follow her @TheBongBox

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