Rajshri Deshpande celebrated for festival success: ‘Not chasing Rs 100 crore’

Actress Rajshri Deshpande highlights the importance of showcasing films at festivals over commercial success. She shared her views at the Cinevesture International Film Festival in Chandigarh, emphasizing festivals as a platform for artistic freedom. Rajshri’s projects like ‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ and ‘Manto’ have been celebrated at various prestigious film festivals.

Rajshri expressed her love for film festivals, stating, “In festivals they don’t treat us like the market kind of thing. They give us that kind of freedom, where you can actually breathe.” She discussed the recognition her projects received at festivals like Toronto International Film Festival, Cannes, and Busan Film Festival, emphasizing the value festivals place on the quality of filmmaking.

The actress emphasized the significance of storytelling and filmmaking at festivals, stating, “Because in festivals there is nothing such as who are your actors, or stars.” Rajshri believes that films showcased at festivals receive recognition solely based on their merit, pushing filmmakers to strive for excellence and evolve in their craft.

Rajshri’s recent work includes the crime drama ‘Trial by Fire’ alongside Abhay Deol. She remains committed to participating in festivals, viewing them as her “home patch” in the industry. Rajshri values the recognition and achievement that comes with showcasing her films at prestigious festivals, setting her apart from mainstream commercial projects.

With acclaimed projects like ‘Joram’, ‘The Fame Game’, and ‘The Sky is Pink’, Rajshri continues to make a mark in the industry through her association with festival-friendly content. She stands by the belief that the recognition gained from festivals is a testament to the quality of her work, prioritizing artistic value over commercial success in her career.


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