Actor. Performer. Storyteller.
A new age actor, trained dancer (Indian Classical Bharatanatyam and Western Dance Forms), a writer and a model, who believes in herself and loves to be amongst people. Quick learner, curious and eager personality. Comes with two years of experience in the entertainment industry. Also, a Times of India National ‘Fresh Face’ Winner 2016.
A TedX speaker with 2 Ted talks in TEDXYouth conferences, featured in ‘Forever 21’s under 21 Campaign’ in Bangalore. Also featured twice in Tv9 news as a Young Panelist.
Height - 5 Feet 7 inches
Languages fluent - English, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada
Hair Color - Brown
Eye Color - Brown
Based out of - Mumbai, India
Hobbies - Dance, Poetry and writing, Travel, Adventure Sports
Skills - Dance
Other Skills - Swimming, Two wheeler and Four wheeler driving, Skateboarding,
Born in Pune and brought up in the metropolitan city of Bangalore, Ria has had a multicultural upbringing. Being the only child of self-made parents, she has been brought up with strong values and a unique sense of self and individuality.
A true all rounder, Ria has excelled in academics, arts and sports alike, yet her passion for stage and cinema drove her to make her own life into a larger than life movie.
In Bangalore, Ria was discovered by Fashion guru Prasad Bidapa as a model who later discovered her acting talent and guided her to make the big move to the city of dreams - Mumbai.
"I want to put a dent in the universe."
THREE LEGGED HORSE
Director - Noopur Bora
Production - Medium Strong Productions
TLH is a coming of age film with dark elements, which has been selected at the prestigious NFDC film bazaar. Ria plays 'Chandrika', a hopeless romantic, who can do anything for love. Her effortless performance has been appreciated by big industry names. The film is currently on it's festival journey and will release in 2021.
Director - Sheetal Shetty
Producer - Golden Gate Motion Pictures
In this feel good Romantic Comedy, Ria plays the lead, Meera, a young corporate worker, a newbie to workspace romance. The film was shot in Nagpur and Scotland, and will see Ria acting alongside industry stars like Bhau Kadam and Jaywant Wadkar. The film releases Theatrically in 2021. There is already a social media buzz about the film as the most anticipated Marathi film of 2021.
Director - Vikas Bahl, Rahul SenGupta
Producer - Reliance Ent, The Good Co.
Ria's edgiest character yet - a spunky, bike riding, chain smoking, rebellious teenager confused about the questions of love and attraction. Ria has worked alongside Aashish Vidyarthi, Ranvir Shorey, Sunil Grover and ofcourse the accalimed director Vikas Bahl who strongly applauds her performance. Sunflower releases on Zee5 in June 2021.
DANCE OF A THOUSAND STEPS
Director - Indrani Pal Chourdhary
Producer - Lotus Entertainment Los Angeles
Ria's first hollywood film is currently in preproduction. It will see her as a gritty New York teenager who learns bharatnatyam to connect to her Indian roots. The director Indrani is acclaimed in the international film circuit - her films winning at Tribecca, Cannes, and officially qualified at the Oscars.
"Always having been a dancer, performance and emotions have come naturally to me. Bharatnatyam has taught me Abhinaya (expression and emotion) , the stage has given me an unshatterable confidence ; and as for inhibitions, I've never had them."
Ria's first break into film has been with the coming of age Marathi feature film "Three Legged Horse", directed by Noopur Bora, which is aiming for a 2019 release.
"I'm in love with stories, characters, their worlds and their lives. I'm also fully aware of the power of cinema : how it can change the world, and simultaneously entertain it. Through my work in the future, I plan to do exactly that, and more."
Ria is a dedicated and passionate actor, honest and hardworking. She is currently looking for projects that will propel her talent on the world stage.
COMMERCIALS - POPULAR BRANDS
In a short span of 2 years, Ria has grown to be the face of several mainstream brands and has featured in their commercials. Here are some of her ad films -
FILM AND FASHION
THREE LEGGED HORSE - Actor
MANMAUJI - Actor
SUNFLOWER - Actor
Dance of a Thousand Steps - Actor/writer
THE HOUSE PARTY (Assistant Director) – Sastatikao Productions, A One-shot Short Film, Produced By Mukesh Chhabra
Several fashion shows like Bombay Times Fashion Week, Bangalore Times Fashion Week, Rajasthan Heritage Week.
ADVERTISEMENTS AND COMMERCIALS
Kerala Tourism Print Ad
Brides of Sri Lanka editorial
Myntra online campaign
Oppo Mobile Print Ad
Xiomi Mobile online campaign
Lenovo Print campaign
Spoyl App commercial
Havells India commercial
Theatre for Liberation & Cycle Gap Productions English Play
Best Overall Production, Bangalore One-Act Theatre
Best Stagecraft, Bangalore One-Act Theatre Festival
Street Play in Mahila Seva Samaj, on Women Empowerment
Street Play on Environment Conservation
Improvisational Theatre at Dramaticon
TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS
Acting - Prashanth Singh, Mumbai
Acting -CenterStage, Bangalore
Bharatanatyam, Indian Classical Dance for over 7 years
Western Dance -various Dance forms -Contemporary, Hip-Hop, B-Boying, Jazz, Basic Ballet, Bangalore School of Performing Arts & ASDA
Training under Fashion Guru- Prasad Bidapa; Winner of Models Unlimited -Bollywood Face Title.
Shakespeare – Under Shubha Das of the British Council, at National center for Performing Arts, Mumbai
Screenwriting - Satyanshu Singh
People around her always joke that Ria started dancing before she could walk. From a young age itself, a love of rhythm and music contributed to an eager curiosity towards Dance, and led her to join Shiamak Davar's Academy, one of her first dance schools. Being a graduate of The Bangalore School of Performing Arts, Ria has choreographed several award winning performances. In order to attain grace and to maintain a strong connect to her cultural roots, Ria has also learnt Bharatanatyam in the Thanjavur and Kalakshetra styles under the Gurus - Smt Amrithavalli and Smt Rajeshwari. Currently she is furthering her education in the dance form, and working towards her Arangetram at the Kalalaya Nritha Foundation under the tutilage of Pandit Dr Naresh Pillay, reciever of the Global Achiever's Award.
On the completion of her Arangetram, Ria plans to give Dance a new meaning by starting an organization called Dance for Therapy.
ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS
PRASAD BIDAPA UNLIMITED
Winner of Bollywood Face
TIMES FRESH FACE
Winner of a Nation Wide Talent hunt conducted by TIMES OF INDIA
One of the youngest TEDxYOUTH conference speakers, having given two TED Talks - At Amaatra Academy and DPS East, Bangalore.
FOREVER 21'S UNDER 21 CAMPAIGN
Was a part of Forever21's under 21 influencers
YOUNG PANELIST ON TV9
Featured on TV9 twice as a young panelist speaking about issues like Malnutrition and Women's safety