‘Sho’ time!


From modeling to TV to theatre and film, the stage has no boundaries for Shourya Nidhi

From the passion that blazes in his eyes, one can feel the level of commitment artist Shourya Nidhi has towards theatre. Treading the footprints of his mother veteran theatre artist Aishveryaa Nidhi, Shourya, popularly known as ‘Sho’, is an embodiment of devotion, talent and commitment.

In India, as a child, Shourya bagged a fair share of modeling assignments and has made it to the glossy pages of several Indian magazines as a model. Television seemed a logical progression for the child star.
“I worked for’ Chetna Ki Ghadi’, one of the prime time television serials on Sony. Working in it gave me a lot of confidence and I got a great deal of recognition,” says Shourya.

In 2001, when his family moved to New Zealand, Shourya was nine years old. “This did not end my career with modeling or tele-serials. I continued acting though on a different format. I continued modeling as well which includes an assignment with MARC Clothing in Australia and others in New Zealand,” says Shourya, who attended acting workshops to hone his skills, as well as a Shaimak Dawar dancing workshop.

“Shourya started acting when he was a kid. He did his first play ‘Raja’ when he was in kindergarten. From the time he was a child, we could tell he had exceptional skills as an actor,” says Aishveryaa.

“It is time to give culture and theatre a chance to ensure peaceful co-existence between different cultures and ideologies. I love experimenting with different aspects to the arts and have tried my hand in script writing, direction and editing. Comedy is my best pastime and I do a bit of stand up too,” says the Russell Peters fan, who enthralled Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan’s Holi Mahotsav at Darling Harbor with his stand up show. His shows at the UIA India-Australia Fair in Sydney Olympic Park and Om Adi Shakti Ashram’s Anniversary celebrations were also hits.

Shourya has now managed to land a few movies. His work including short film ‘Perish’, acting in his directorial venture Bandhak, and his valuable assistance in the production of the Aussie-Bollywood film ‘Flight to Bollywood’ have made him a name to reckon with in the film industry. He has recently appeared in Raghunandan Gudur’s Telegu film NRI (Now return to India).

The last couple of years have seen Shourya receive even more recognition for his work. He won the Best Actor Award at Indradhanush 2011. His play ‘The Hostage’ was selected from among the top 100 plays for performance at Short+Sweet Festival Sydney in 2012. As an actor, Shourya’s performance received critical appreciation. Impressed by his work and talent, Shourya was picked up by the Sydney Theatre Company for the second time.

Looks like the act is just going to keep getting better.

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