Ridhi Dogra: My first screenplay focuses on Delhi
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Savitri, and web shows, Ridhi Dogra has now started writing scripts. The actress says that although she focused on acting, she took her interest in writing seriously. She tells us: “I develop scripts when I’m at home. After being an actor for a while, you have an idea of what you want to do in the long term. Writing is second nature to me, it’s been therapeutic and after a while in the industry you know you can tell a story. I write my own screenplay. Ekta (Kapoor) told me that if you have something other than acting, pursue it, because an actor’s life is short, so you have to branch out. I’ve always been interested in writing and I thought why not take it seriously and do something about it.
“The women of Delhi will identify with my screenplay”
Ridhi, who grew up in Delhi, says her first screenplay will center on the city and her experiences here. “I think your writing is a reflection of who you are as a person and your experiences. Delhi shaped me, it played a huge role in making me the person I am today, so there will be a lot of Delhi in the storyline. Also, I think many writers and filmmakers find Delhi fascinating because of its thriving culture and social scene, which is unique to this city. My story will be based on the women of Delhi, it will be the voice of the women of the city, it will have a message for them. It’s going to be about what it’s like to be a woman in this city and every woman who’s been to Delhi will identify with it. As we all know what it’s like to travel by car in Delhi (laughs), we all keep in mind to carry sharp and sharp things with us and sit in the corner when traveling by car here” , explains Ridhi, who was in the city recently, revisiting the places she used to go as a child.
Ridhi adds, “I visit Delhi frequently, but it’s always for work. This time I decided to spend time with my parents here and go on vacation in the hills with them. I had been planning this vacation with my parents since 2019, but the pandemic hit and we couldn’t travel. After two years, I was able to go on vacation.
“I want my work to speak for me. I don’t want to depend on my popularity on social media’
The actress says that right now she is completely focused on work and the things that make her happy. She even kept a low profile on social media. She says: ‘When I was doing TV and social media was nowhere in the picture, I was also told that ‘out of sight’ is ‘out of mind’. But for me, it’s not like that. I look at people who have lasted so long in the industry and not all of them have been very active on social media. I believe if you do a good show, that says a lot to you and is more important than any kind of promotion on social media. So I let my work do the talking.
She adds: “I don’t want to participate in any rat race. It’s a personal decision. Over the past two years we have lost so many talented people – we have seen them succumb to this pressure. I don’t want to put my energy into it. If that means a longer route for me, I have no problem. I want to be like Zohra Sehgal – I want to keep playing and I don’t want to depend on my popularity on social media. I keep telling people who call me for collaborations that I’m not an influencer, I’m an actor. I can also be more active on social media and participate in the game, but that consumes a lot of energy and I don’t think I have that addiction.
“I have never chased after Bollywood in my career”
Unlike most TV actors, who aspire to be a part of Bollywood, Ridhi says that even when she was doing TV shows or after taking a break from TV, she never tried too hard to get into it. movies. “Although I’ve made films now, I can’t talk about them much right now. I made these films because of the people in them, not because I wanted to go somewhere. My goal is always to act and work with the right people. I never pursued Bollywood because I understand how it works, how difficult it is, how you have to be a certain type of person and have great skills in public relations and networking – I can’t do it. When I took a break from TV, even then, I wasn’t thinking ‘Let’s make movies’, I was thinking ‘Let’s do theatre’. Also, for most actors, there is no rush to go to Bollywood now, thanks to OTT,” says Ridhi.