She isn’t the conventional glam doll of Bollywood and is better known for her critically acclaimed roles in films such as Gangs of Wasseypur and Masaan. Indeed, actor Richa Chadha has worked with the biggest names in the industry and has made a place of her own in the competitive world of Indian cinema. Meet the Delhi girl, who continues to amaze us each time she appears on the big screen. In a candid conversation with us, the actor talks about issues close to her heart, her career and why she prefers Mumbai over Delhi.
WHAT DOES WOMANHOOD MEAN TO YOU?
It means that you can be strong and sensitive at the same time; you can be a mother and businesswoman; and you can be pretty and powerful at the same time.
HAS THERE EVER BEEN A MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE WHERE YOU WERE LET DOWN BECAUSE YOU ARE A WOMAN AND YOU WISHED YOU WERE BORN AS A MAN?
No, I didn’t ever feel like that in my professional life. However, sometimes in Delhi, if you are a woman and travelling alone at night, you will uncomfortable because it's not safe. That’s something that we should all work for. I think Mumbai is a much safer place.
YOU SAID THAT YOU WERE OFTEN CALLED AN OUTSIDER IN BOLLYWOOD. HAS THAT BEEN A CHALLENGING PHASE IN YOUR CAREER?
Of course. I don’t think the challenge will ever end in my life. Every week, I feel like I could do other things rather than acting… It’s so hard to work… and yes sometimes the script spoils my mood because some scripts have no storyline. However, I think it’s a daily routine of an artist as our field is unpredictable and with your friends working as bankers or as a lawyer, one questions herself is she in right field or not. So, everything here is challenging; life is not a struggle, it’s a challenge.
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH TROLLS ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
On social media, I speak for myself. I feel sometimes it’s important to reply as you are not only defending yourself but also your colleagues, your staff, and your fraternity.
WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL STYLE STATEMENT?
It’s comfort. It’s about being an individual and feeling good about yourself.
A MESSAGE THAT YOU HAD LIKE TO GIVE ALL WOMEN WHO ARE SCARED TO LIVE FREELY IN THIS MALE DOMINANT SOCIETY?
I’d like every woman to be independent – mentally, economically and physically. Women are nurturing by nature. But, you must understand that it is not always good to just give away. One should also receive some love. And girls, please encourage your husbands, boyfriends, and lovers to treat you with respect. Teach your grandparents not to be narrow-minded since the world has progressed immensely since their times. Whoever thinks the other way is creating a hindrance to our country’s progress.
*As published in HT City & HT Cafe, on 10 March 2017
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