Premiere: Raja Kumari Shares Her Story In Short Film ‘Raja Kumari: So Far’
Raja Kumari has her feet in multiple worlds at all times. The rapper, singer and songwriter traces her roots to America and India. It’s that blend of passions and cultures that makes her such an exciting artist. After honing her pen crafting hits for the likes of Iggy Azalea and Fifth Harmony, she launched a solo career in 2016. Her sophomore EP BLOODLINE followed earlier this year. Now we’re about to see a whole new side of her. Today (August 29), she partnered with SONY for Raja Kumari: So Far. Directed by Zoé Salicrup Junco, the short film illuminates her journey in the music world.
And it is a story many can relate to. How so? Simply, Raja’s is about searching for a space to belong. For her, that became possible when she left Los Angeles for Mumbai. In the new city, the “Karma” siren came into herself as an artist. “It was beautiful because it was a creative space where I could truly be myself,” she says. “It was just acceptance. And that really gave me freedom as a creator to really explore.” Of course, there were a few bumps along the way. However, she opens up about a passion that keeps her going: to “become the artist that I needed when I was growing up.”
“What if in five years, in 10 years, there’s a girl that grew up listening to me that becomes one of the greatest artists of all time and wins a Grammy coming out of India? I want to see that future.” Raja had even more to say about that goal in an exclusive statement. “Many girls can relate to my experience of growing up without seeing anyone like me in media. It’s been a struggle to overcome stereotypes and stigmas in the music industry, but I’ve continued fighting these battles so more young girls can know that they too can forge their own lane, and achieve anything themselves,” she explained.
“I’m so grateful to the SONY team for allowing me to share my story by coming to Bombay, India and capturing what makes it so special to my journey as an artist. I hope this film will inspire and empower more young girls to manifest and accomplish their dreams.” SONY also chimed in. “SONY produced this film, the first of its kind for us, because, as a home to passionate creators, we feel strongly about supporting and celebrating their vision,” they said. “Raja’s journey of self-discovery, finding her voice in the face of adversity and ultimately embracing what makes her different, will resonate with many today.”
With an album and tour in the works, we’ll hear more from Raja in the near future. In the meantime, we’re proud to partner with her to premiere Raja Kumari: So Far. Get an exclusive first look below.