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Fresh Stock: Ferena Ahmed
Text by Shraddha Jahagirdar-Saxena and Photographs by Akash Mehta
Published: Volume 14, Issue 2, March-April, 2006

Young, talented and ambitious, these new buds on the block are driven by a passion to make a mark in their chosen careers. SHRADDHA JAHAGIRDAR-SAXENA spotlights eight gutsy girls - who are following - and fulfilling - their desires, from Mumbai, the city of dreams

The Face In The Lens Eye

Born Ferena Wazir Ahmed - "I just go by Ferena though" - this 21-year-old Kashmiri Muslim has made swift inroads into the glamorous world of drama, modelling and films. Having studied communication, cultural and media studies - "My degree involved modules in feminist film theory, black cinema, social psychology, media and film production - and by her own admission 'no shy wallflower and a little narcissistic', Ferena preened happily before the camera for student projects. "When I made a film about the Massai tribe in Africa one summer vacation, I thought I wanted to be the next Jane Campion, but somewhere the acting bug started creeping in and my dreams changed shape."
The RADA student has done a few plays in Britain - Shakespeare and The Vagina Monologues. Back home, she has worked with Satyadev Dubey and Alyque Padamsee and is currently doing Unspoken Dialogues. "The immediacy of stage is scary and compelling."