Shimla: Paulo Coelho in The Alchemist, says, “When you want something, the whole world conspires in helping you to achieve it.” How true the statement appears in case of Shreya Sharma, the child actor from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, as she finds herself on cloud nine and also in US classrooms, not as a student but an inspiring figure. Mahek, her latest film in which she plays the lead role, has been included in the curriculum of a premier university in the United States.
In 2006, The Blue Umbrella, a film directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, where Shreya had played the lead character of Biniya, had won the national award for best children’s film. Shreya is a class X student of Loerto Convent Tara Hall School.
Her new film Mahek deals with the subject of understanding children’s talents, their imaginative skills and also their rights in context of present-day India. Otterbein College, Ohio will screen the movie as part of its curriculum in ‘Integrative Studies Programmed and Teaching of Modern India’.
Recognising Shreya’s talent, the film was declared the best feature film at ARPA International Film Festival in the US in November last year. The film has been produced by Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI). The acclaimed film was last year screened at the Golden Elephant Children Film Festival in Hyderabad.
Her father, Abhay Sharma informed that the film recently bagged the best feature film (family) Platinum Remi Award at the prestigious 41st Houston International Film Festival, 2008.