Kanika Maheshwari Debuts As A Director With A Short Film Which Makes Into Chicago South Asian Film Festival

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Published by Soniya Kaur on 10 Oct 2018

Diya Aur Baati fame actress Kanika Maheshwari recently debuted as a director with a short film ‘Forever Whim’. The actress is on the cloud ninth as her debut film Forever Whim made it to the prestigious Chicago South Asian Film Festival. Kanika took a hiatus from TV industry for her maternity period and made a strong comeback as a writer, director and producer with this film. Who would have thought Kanika would make in the movie world as a director.

Kanika has also featured in a film which is a story of a mother-daughter relationship. It revolves around them where the mother is diagnosed with a serious ailment. This film is award at Melbourne City Independent Film Awards. Not only this, her film is being held at the Oakbrook auditorium for the premiere, which is a big deal for any filmmaker.

Kanika was at Chicago to attend the premiere where she received an offer she couldn’t refuse. Talking about it, she said, “The whole process was surreal. This film is my baby and I started out as a passionate writer, so being nominated at these global events is a huge deal for me. The roaring applause for the movie after the premiere was music to my ears. After the basic Q & A round which every filmmaker has to go through the post the screening, a gentleman from Florida, who also had a nomination walked up to me and offered me a film straight up. I was thrilled.”

Further, she confessed, “He said that he liked the actor in the film and wanted to find out more on her as he was looking to cast an Indian actress for his next. Only during Q & A, he figured I acted in it too. We chatted for quite some time and I was completely sold on the film. It was about an aspiring Indian actress trying to make it big in Hollywood. It did excite me but I have a son back home who needs me, so I had to choose. I shared my dilemma with him and he was sweet to understand. Nonetheless, we have connected now and maybe in future something works out. But I had set my priorities straight right from the start”.

Stay tuned!

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