South Asian actress Priya Mahendra channels her inner Disney princess for The Princess Possibility Project, her 7-part video series.
Directed and edited by Garth Kravits of cut & dry films with COVID-19 regulations and social distancing guidelines in full effect, Ms. Mahendra produced the series and is accompanied by James Rushin on piano, who also mixed the tracks.
The videos bring to life the hopes, constraints, dreams and desires of 7 popular animated princesses – Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Anya from Anastasia, Jasmine from Aladdin, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Mulan – through their “I Want” songs.
“I created The Princess Possibility Project to raise awareness of the way these universally known and loved characters are traditionally portrayed in Entertainment, and the need to expand it in a consciously inclusive direction,” shared Ms. Mahendra. “These Disney Princesses fight to belong while being themselves, and have the potential to be powerful igniters of this change. My project illuminates the power of possibility, perspective, and resilience — especially in times when we need it the most.”
Check out her interpretations of “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid; “Journey to the Past” from Anastasia, and “In My Own Little Corner” from Cinderella.
The Little Mermaid
Ariel is rebellious and resilient. She feels like an outsider in her environment, constrained by rules and regulations, and fights for the possibility to be a part of a different world that she yearns to belong in.
Anya is a seeker and a searcher. She follows her heart even in the face of fear, to find love and the place she belongs. Anya is clever, strong-willed, and builds her own fate. She purposefully chooses the unknown path, and the possibilities that could exist by doing so.
Cinderella is compassionate and filled with wonder. She is a visionary who realizes the power that exists in her imagination. Optimistic and determined to be a dreamer, Cinderella and reminds us that no matter what our circumstances are, “if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”
Priya Mahendra is a New York City based actress who believes that theater can be a space and place where everyone feels like they belong.