Pro­duc­tion de­signer

Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAARHOT -

Aashrita Ka­math is go­ing places, quite lit­er­ally. The young set and pro­duc­tion de­signer who be­gan her ca­reer in Mumbai be­fore head­ing

to the renowned film school AFI Con­ser­va­tory in Los An­ge­les, re­cently won the bronze award at the 41st Stu­dent Academy Awards com­pe­ti­tion for her de­signs in the short film In­ter­state. In cre­at­ing an am­bi­ence that brought to life the im­mi­grant ex­pe­ri­ence in the US, Ka­math says, “We opted for a muted colour pal­ette, as we wanted the mu­rals and street art to stand out and play an evoca­tive role.”

Ka­math be­came in­ter­ested in movies dur­ing her years at Rishi Val­ley School, Andhra Pradesh. “I de­signed the sets for a few plays that our class put up. That was the start of my in­ter­est in

de­sign­ing spa­ces that helped tell a story.” She stud­ied so­ci­ol­ogy and a chance meet­ing with pro­duc­tion de­signer Arad­hana Seth ( Earth and

Fire) led her to an as­sis­tant’s po­si­tion in West is West; Ka­math was also prop master on Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. She ad­mits that her stint at AFI has opened en­tirely

new av­enues for her, “Be­ing in LA has pro­vided me with an op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with and learn from

some of the world’s best storytellers.” Be­sides the re­cent award, Ka­math is also work­ing on Equals, an up­com­ing sci-fi drama pro­duced by Ri­d­ley Scott. She is also in talks with a pro­ducer to de­sign an

in­de­pen­dent TV se­ries.

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