THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS WHO DARED TO DREAM
Gujarat’s young brigade is making a splash with their achievements. From sports to the arts, this Gennext is bringing home international accolades. While 23 year-old shooter Lajja Gauswami has won gold medals in various championships in Kuwait, Germany and Pakistan; Sunny Vaghela, 23, a professional hacker helped the Mumbai Anti Terrorist Squad obtain confidential information on the banned terrorist organisation, Jamaat ud Dawah. And, Sufyan Shaikh became the youngest in the world to have crossed the English Channel at the age of 16. We present 10 young guns of Gujarat who have made it big on their own terms, with hard work, foresight, a little luck—and a lot of pluck.
RIDDHI DAVE, 24,
She was a shy child with no interest in acting, until a chance role in her family’s production, Kuvar vela re padhaarjo, changed her mind. The experience of being on stage when she was only six was so intense that when her name wasn’t called after the play, it brought tears to her eyes. Riddhi, the bubbly daughter of actors Ketaki and Rasik Dave, and grand daughter of the legendary theatre actor Sarita Joshi, can say acting is in her genes.
STORYLINE She started by lending her voice to school plays, making her first appearance on stage in Mummy 20ni Dikri 40ni, a Gujarati play where she got to work with her mother. The play was a great success and completed 250 shows in India and the US. It was then that Riddhi and her family knew she was going to go places. She has since acted in several successful Gujarati plays like Dikri No.1, Sayyar tu ave
toh jaanu, Hasta ramta jeevi layi and Anandibaa chaliya Amreli
thi America. COMIC LESSONS After studying mass media from Mithibai College in Mumbai, Riddhi went to Anupam Kher’s acting school, Actor Prepares in 2007 to fine tune her skills. Today, what she is best known for are her comic timing and stage presence. THE CHALLENGES While having famous parents make it easy to get that first opportunity, the downside is that expectations are too high. “If I fail, it is the
family name I let down, so there is no scope for mistakes,” she says. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
second opinion “She is a very dedicated actor and has a good sense
of acting. Theatre needed young divas like her.” VIPUL MEHTA, DIRECTOR OF MANY ACCLAIMED
GUJARATI PLAYS “I will continue to entertain the world, as
that’s the only thing I know”