Riva Arora: ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ is very close to my heart, I would love to work in the sequel – Exclusive – Times of India
How did you come on board for the song, ‘Khelo Shyam Sang Hori’?
Aarush Verma and I have been friends for the last six years and I really love Amitabh S Verma uncle’s voice. When his wife Shruti Verma, who is also the producer of this video, approached me for the music video I was very excited. They have known me for years. To get together to work professionally was like a dream come true. I was really very interested in being a part of ‘Khelo Shyam Sang Hori’ as this happens to be my first sufi song.
How was your experience shooting for the song?
It was an amazing experience and I had a lot of fun shooting for this song. It felt more like having fun with my friend. My character is exactly how I am in real life and Aarush is that friend you see on screen. I really enjoyed shooting it.
What kind of reactions have you been getting for the song?
The song is getting phenomenal response and I have been receiving a lot of love and very nice reactions, too. They are showering our video with love and that is very satisfying. It crossed 1 million views in a span of 10 hours. I am really overwhelmed and I hope it grows more and more.
Apart from your familial connections, what really attracted you to be a part of the song?
Amitabh uncle’s voice is so mesmerising that it touches your heart. The fact that it’s a sufi song and is different from all the songs that I have done so far is what really attracted me. The entire video was shot in Vrindavan which is like a dream place.
You have been a part of some very interesting and successful projects like, ‘Mom’, ‘Kaali Khuhi’, ‘Uri’ and others. How do you look back at them today?
I really feel proud to be part of all my previous projects and I feel blessed that I am still receiving so much love for all the projects I have done. I will be thrilled if there is a sequel to any of those films. I would love to be a part of it again.
You are one of the youngest, most popular social media influencers we have. How did it all start?
It all started during the lockdown period. I used to study and most of the time I was free. I started using tiktok and then instagram. I used to make videos at home and then post them. I enjoyed expressing my acting talent and my fashion sense through my videos and pictures.
There was a lot of fuss about your age some time ago. How do you deal with that controversy?
I would beg to differ on this. I don’t think there was any controversy as such. My mother keeps me out of such things as much as possible. I try to focus on my work and try to give my 100 percent for those who love me.
Gaining so much fame can be overwhelming at such a young age. Do you miss being a normal teenager?
I don’t feel like that. In fact, I feel very happy when small kids come and say, ‘Didi we love you!’. I love kids so I feel happy to receive appreciation from them. When I am not working, I enjoy my life like a normal teenager.
Is there anybody from the industry you look up to?
There are many people in the industry who are doing a wonderful job. I have always looked up to Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and Alia Bhatt.
What kind of projects do you wish to be a part of?
I feel proud of all the work that I have done in the past. However, I feel extra close to the film, ‘URI: The Surgical Strike’. I would like to be a part of films where I get to explore challenging characters.
There are many films in the pipeline. I can’t divulge the details right now.