Rasika Dugal Shines on Global Stage: Awarded SAFA Honor at Chicago South Asian Film Festival 2023
The Chicago South Asian Film Festival serves as a global platform that celebrates South Asian culture, talent, and perspectives through the medium of cinema, art, and meaningful discussions.
Acclaimed actress Rasika Dugal garnered international recognition and applause as she was honored with the prestigious SAFA Award at the 2023 Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF) for her remarkable performance in the movie 'Lord Curzon Ki Haveli.'
The Chicago South Asian Film Festival serves as a global platform that celebrates South Asian culture, talent, and perspectives through the medium of cinema, art, and meaningful discussions. Rasika Dugal's exceptional work in 'Lord Curzon Ki Haveli' was acknowledged with the esteemed SAFA Award, reaffirming her standing as a formidable artist.
'Lord Curzon Ki Haveli' is a gripping black comedy thriller that has been garnering attention and acclaim on the festival circuit. The film takes viewers on a compelling journey through the Asian diaspora in the UK, while exploring profound themes of identity and gender within the framework of a captivating mystery. It was selected as the Closing Night Film at the Chicago South Asian International Film Festival, further underscoring its significance.
Expressing her gratitude upon receiving the award, Rasika Dugal remarked, "It's truly an honor to be here today. The last time I came to Chicago was 12 years ago for the Chicago International Film Festival with a very independent film that we shot over weekends or whenever we had the funds. It was the first time at that festival that my work was reviewed by critics. Fortunately, the reviews were glorious, and just reading those words about my work was so encouraging. So yes, Chicago has been very kind to me. I feel very fortunate that 12 years later, I am here again in the city for another festival with another independent film. I’m very proud that in my journey as an actor, I get to continue to do films that bring me here while also getting opportunities to work on more mainstream projects, which actors like me now have access to thanks to streaming services. It is because of festivals like CSAFF that artists like me are encouraged. Thank you to CSAFF for their curation and for respecting and nurturing our work."
In addition to her acclaimed role in 'Lord Curzon Ki Haveli,' Rasika Dugal has been making waves in the entertainment industry. She recently appeared in the horror series 'Adhura,' directed by Ananya Banerjee and Gauravv K. Chawla, and produced by Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, and Nikkhil Advani of Emmay Entertainment. The series boasts a talented ensemble cast, including Ishwak Singh, Poojan Chhabra, Rijul Ray, Zoa Morani, Sahil Salathia, Aru Krishansh Verma, alongside Rasika Dugal, Shrenik Arora, and Rahul Dev in pivotal roles.
Rasika's upcoming projects include 'Mirzapur 3,' 'Spike: Sports Drama,' 'Fairy Folk: Improv Comedy,' and 'Little Thomas: Dramedy.' Her continued success and versatility in the world of entertainment exemplify her dedication to her craft and her ability to captivate audiences across genres and platforms.