Local actress talks about new role

2019-04-02 06:01
Carishma Basday takes the role of a surfer in the local film, Deep End.PHOTO: JUSTIN Muntiz

Carishma Basday takes the role of a surfer in the local film, Deep End.PHOTO: JUSTIN Muntiz

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Carishma Basday plays Sunitha Patel in the local coming-of-age movie, Deep End, and even though the actress was born in Durban, she loves her new home in Cape Town.

Deep End was initially released last year at the Durban International Film Festival, with its official public release having taken place in March this year.

The movie tells the story of a young woman who is eager to surf, but is met with criticism and urged not to take part in the sport by her father.

Deep End is an inspiring family movie about having the courage to follow your dreams. It will encourage young women to be fearless in pursuit of what sets your soul on fire,” explains Basday, who plays the lead role in the film.

She was drawn to the film not only by the storyline but also for what it meant for her as an Indian actress.

“It’s not often that an Indian actress or women of colour gets to take the lead in a feature film and on top of that, get to play such a dynamic character that challenges you on so many levels,” she says.

Sharing the same excitement about the film’s theme of women empowerment, the film’s producer, Jacintha de Nobrega explains: “As a woman, I could identify with the characters, the journey of self-discovery and pursuit of independence. The story is so universal that women all over the world will identify with, it just happens to be set in Durban.”

While the film was shot in Durban, Basday no longer finds herself a resident of Kwa-Zulu Natal and now resides in Cape Town.

Speaking on what the cape has to offer she says: “It’s a little bit of everything for everyone; we have oceans, mountains, sand dunes, forests, the most amazing restaurants and wine farms, shopping malls and boutiques. Everyone can find something they love in Cape Town.”

The film’s cinematographer, Ebrahim Hajee also hails from Cape Town, specifically Athlone. He dabbled in graffiti and community work through art, leading him to direct his first documentary, Overspray, which won an award in 2001.

Filming, Basday says, was made easier by the cohesive crew and the dreamy set on the beach.

“We had such an incredible cast and crew, we all had the best time. We all took our jobs seriously but were always up for a laugh which made every day an absolute blast and made the long sometimes really tough days just a little bit easier.”

Basday will have her hands busy as she promotes the film following its release, but that’s not all she’s working on this year.

“I have a few projects coming up, both in theatre and film, so that’s exciting. I am also working on writing my own screenplay,” she reveals.


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