GIFTED & PROTEAN ACTRESS ALLURES THE VIEWERS WITH HER LOVE FOR ART
“Slowly, my father started to acknowledge my progress; his heart melted into accepting the confluence of my dream and profession. He was most proud of my recent Bollywood venture in the song ‘Tum Bewafa Ho’ as the parallel lead with Nia Sharma and Arjun Bijlani. Now he has become social media savvy, as the proud father who shares every success story of his daughter.”
Dreams are an accumulation of fantasies and goals. Often, we live with the precipice of our dreams until a stroke of determination hits our mind, and we commence the journey of chasing them. Glued to books and rooted in the being of art, Soumya grew up into a multifaceted artist.
Born in Jaipur and raised in Punjab, she was often found immersed in works by Manto, Khalil Jibran, Amrita Pritam, and Pash. Hailing from a conventional Indian family, Soumya was seasoned to pursue a stable professional life backed with solid academic background.
When Soumya opted for Commerce in high school, she grappled with her innate desire to pursue arts as her major. Owing to her outstanding participation in the school co-curricular activities, she was always amongst the top debaters and speakers in her school. Nevertheless, as a persistent student, she won laurels to her academic journey during her college years with a Major in Economics.
“My old-school soul has been planted in the body of a contemporary artist. When I joined a few theatre groups, I unravelled another part of myself. It was almost like I was getting closer to my core, and my inner voice knew that Acting was the path for me.”
Soumya’s professional journey is marked by some notable milestones. Since the artist in Joshi was peering through her professional aura, she decided to pursue master’s in communications & journalism from Panjab University. From there on, she became unstoppable with her immaculate ventures on Poetry, Interviews, Public Speaking, and even participating in Pollywood projects.
“My family wanted me to procure a stable future with a master’s degree in economics. They always supported me, but my dreams could not convince their reason. So, the rebel in me whispered, ‘Be who you are and let your passion convince them of your excellence’.”
Succumbing to her resilient attitude, she began to exude absolute brilliance. Being a poet, she brimmed with joy on her interview with Gulzar Sahab. In addition, she also played the role of RJ at the community Radio station. After her post-graduation, she started working full-time in an advertising agency where she stayed for almost a year and realized that her soul was starving for something more. Subsequently, the momentum of her trajectory rose instantly with her Pollywood Projects as the lead in two short films- Ik Hor Jannat and Justice.
While unleashing her cinematic prowess, Soumya did some special projects in recent years as a lead character in a Comedy Web Series starring Shakti Kapoor and other seasoned actors, Supporting Role in a Punjabi art film “Saade Aale” directed by critically acclaimed director Jatinder Mauhar (got screened at Cannes in 2017 under Regional Cinema). Also, as the lead in the film “Dushman” directed by Rajeev Kumar (National award-winning director for feature film Nabar) and did a Sufi Song as the lead opposite Indian Idol Winner Salman Ali.
“Slowly, my father started to acknowledge my progress; his heart melted into accepting the confluence of my dream and profession. He was most proud of my recent Bollywood venture in the song ‘Tum Bewafa ho’ parallel lead with Nia Sharma and Arjun Bijlani. Now he has become social media savvy, as the proud father who shares every progress and success of his daughter.”
Currently, Soumya is working on her a few projects which will be releasing soon. Given her charm and attractiveness, she is often found engaged in various Catalogue shoots with prominent wardrobe and jewellery brands. Despite her packed schedule, she scoops out a few hours for her Content Writing projects since she could not despise the writer in herself.
Through her inclination towards psychology and spirituality, she unwinds with the serenity of morning hours, often reading a book and turning into soul-stirring podcasts by Osho, Sadhguru and Sri Sri Ravishankar Ji. Soumya deciphers poetry for her listeners with her poise through her Contemporary Dance moves. She believes in the power of conflating art and expressionism through the wings of freedom.
When asked about her future endeavours and the brewing competition in B-Town, Soumya replied, “I believe in my talent and the power of real stories. As far as the audience connects with my character and receives the content unfiltered, I will feel fulfilled with my performance. And I don’t think that any number of followers or social media algorithm can dismiss or elevate the true spirit of an artist. So why not express without any boundaries and apprehensions?”
– Roshni Ahuja