The Swedish Greek-Indian film actress Elli AvrRam who is known for her roles in Malang, Jabariya Jodi andKis Kisko Pyar Karoon, has won the Best Actress award for her role in the Swedish short film With You at the Stockholm City Film Festival.
The 23-minute short film is based on the socially relevant subjects of mental health awareness, sexual abuse and childhood trauma.
"I'm just so thrilled and grateful for this recognition. We all went in with our heart for this project, and to see it getting this response at such prestigious film festivals is truly heart-warming. I feel so happy for all of us, grateful to my director Peppe Segura, and especially for the fact that a story like this is being noticed and appreciated," she says.
Talking about the process of shooting the film, she adds: "I flew down from Mumbai to Stockholm to shoot the film because I wanted to be part of such films that raise awareness about important issues. Everyone who worked on the film felt it's important to bring in light, in the darkness, because that's what we all need to be able to find the strength and to change things. It was emotionally tough to step into my character, Lilly, but I believe that's what I also love, to get challenged, because it leads to growth as an actor."
Previously the actress was quoted saying that she had been waiting for an opportunity to do a Swedish project and that the film was intense and sends out a strong message.
Elli came to prominence after participating in Bigg Boss in 2013 and has since worked in several Bollywood films and web series.