Guest Info

Veena Sood, an internationally acclaimed actress of Indian descent, is renowned for her exceptional talent in both comedy and drama. She has shared the screen with notable figures such as Al Pacino and Anupam Kher, and has made appearances on the popular Netflix series Lucifer.

With a background spanning three decades in improvisational theatre, Veena earned a Drama degree and co-founded “The Loose Moose Theatre Company” alongside improv master Keith Johnstone. Throughout her career, she has been involved in numerous plays, films, and television series, while also showcasing her improvisation skills on stage. Raised in the Canadian Rockies, Veena developed a deep love for outdoor activities and nature exploration, even participating in competitive rodeo events during her youth. Currently residing in the western Canadian mountains, she continues to indulge her passion for nature by embarking on expeditions to remote locations worldwide.

About the Show

In this captivating episode of the Global Indian Series, Chief Explorer Rajan Nazran engages in a revealing conversation with Veena Sood, a highly accomplished actress. 

Veena delves into the origins of her career, which sprouted from a profound inner calling that evolved into her true passion. Despite anticipating societal opposition and concerns about practicality, she fearlessly pursued her dreams. Veena’s approach to acting involves immersing herself in the characters, using them to express and explore her emotions. This process provides a liberating outlet where judgement is absent. However, she also acknowledges the challenges of auditions, maintaining a wholesome public image, and the business aspects of the industry. 

Veena firmly believes that films with compelling narratives and authentic vibes resonate more deeply with audiences, transcending flashy appearances. She highlights the persistence of stereotypes, such as Indians being typecast as doctors, lawyers, or cab drivers, particularly noting the British and ongoing learning within the American casting scene. Additionally, Veena discusses the diverse range of shows that cater to various needs, from stimulating our intellect to providing comforting escapism. 

The story of a young Indian girl navigating her identity in Canadian society holds the potential to inspire millions. Tune in to this podcast for an enriching experience.

Produced by Global Indian Series for the Global Indian Network.
Script by Rajan Nazran
original idea: Rajan Nazran

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