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Meet Rhydhima Raj

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rhydhima Raj.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I would like to walk you through my story of Lineage at first where I belong to a family whose morning meal is incomplete without a few spoons of Bollywood Gossip to the table. My father is a Writer in the world’s most renowned money minting production sources “Bollywood”. Through him, I got smitten and bitten by this worm of writing and story-telling. Where my father’s way of decorating and exaggerating words fell like music into my ears and soon enough was the realization of what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I started off with writing a crime show for prime time TV in India, moved to writing Spoofs for The Viral Fever (one of India’s leading online content producers), switching to assisting prominent Directors like Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra, Atul Manjrekar for Fanney Khan and working with an Ace Banner, Excel Entertainment on projects like Gully Boy and Made in Heaven. Post all the hard-work during the journey, a quote which brushed through and still lives by me is “It’s not about the Length of your journey, it’s about the Depth” which made me want to bag theoretical knowledge over my practical implications of filmmaking. So did I come to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to study the art of Filmmaking in depth. I am so zinged with the vibe of Los Angeles that I always tell people I meet that LA happened to me and now I’ll make sure it sustains through. I am now a freelance director working on short projects of fellow students and understanding Drama to its fullest. Leaving you with a famous quote to add a bit of Drama by Rhydhima to this one pager, “Success makes life easier. It doesn’t make living easier”. I am still a discoverer who likes to observe and experience things to tell a story.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It wasn’t a smooth road as Writing doesn’t hit you all of a sudden. It takes a while to understand the beauty of using words. Once you know that you want to become a writer or a storyteller, you are for sure, stuck to float through the genres of writing. Like in my case writing Satire was so difficult that I thought to throw the thought of being a Writer, where I really didn’t understand how to create punches for people to relate to. Writing is all about making the readers relate to or sit through the same pain, humour, love, agony that the writer feels. I could pull off Romantic, Dramatic, Mystery really well but blending humour and satire was difficult. Hence if I write or if I am telling a story which commands humour, I always take inspiration from people around me.

What else should our readers know?
I am a freelancer working on student projects. I enjoy writing and filmmaking. I love to make Travel Shorts.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My dad has been my greatest strength in being who I am today. He has always encouraged me to be a go-getter. I had no contact in the field of entertainment here in the US. Started literally from the scratch to now getting offers to work as a freelancer. I do write and direct short films. One of the films I worked on was Henning Morales – The Dirt Merchant. Mr. Alejandro Ruiz and Ashley Hill were also two main supports I had in here who helped me start from doing small gigs like shooting for a magazine to videotaping and editing for a Spanish Channel.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 4243822181
  • Email: rhydhimaraj@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Rhydhima Raj

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