‘I am a free spirited girl but I have drawn lines for myself’ – Richa Chadha

Most remember her for her role Nagma Khatoon in Gangs of Wasseypur. Richa Chadha feels the feisty part has given her the image of a bold devil-may-care actor. Her recent release Jia Aur Jia has brought her once again into the limelight

Q)Your film, Jia Aur Jia talks about female bonding. Do you relate to the subject?

Several films have been made on male friendship but hardly any have been made on girl bonding and in Jia Aur Jia the girl bonding is very deep. I firmly believe in girl bonding and really enjoyed doing the film. Even the audiences’ are loving it!

Q) You have done quite a few women oriented films. Don’t you feel there is a risk involved when you do films like that?

Today there are different types of films being made and the audience is lapping them up. Classic examples are Neerja and Queen. I was quite sure that the audience will like Jia Aur Jia. Today people want a good film, a good story they are not concerned whether the lead is a male or female.

Q)You have done a variety of films likes Gangs Of Wasseypur, Fukrey, Masaan Sarabjit etc. Did you think of doing such films in the beginning of your career or you did them because they were offered to you?

I have been a theater actor so I always wanted to play varied roles. I didn’t want to be part of the rat race. I may have done less films but I am proud of them. The audience is appreciating what I am doing and I am sure I will make my own mark one day.

Q)You have started your own production house with a short Punjabi film Khoon Aali Chithi. What kind of films would you like to make?

I am making mostly short films which have tackle important issue, and are effective. After that I will think of TV serials and Films but presently I am focused on shorts, as that was my goal when I started my production house.

Q)You have the image of a free spirited girl. Was that developed intentionally or it was organic?

I believe that the image that an actor has is not made intentionally but gets made organically. After Gangs of Wasseypur; came Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela and Fukrey. But I am most remembered for my character Nagma Khatoon in Gangs Of Wasseypur, the reason why I got this image of a devil-may-care girl. In real life also I am carefree, but I have drawn lines for myself. My character and image in real life are very important to me. Professionally I don’t mind playing strong bold characters.

Q)The year 2017 s has been good for you!

Yes 2017 has been good because I have tried different things. I did a web series Inside Edge, I started my production house with a short film Khoon Aali Chithi and there are several film offers. The year has been good for my growth as an actress.

Q)How was the experience of working with Kalki Koechlin in Jia Aur Jia?

Kalki and I know each other from a long time but our friendship was further cemented during the shooting of Jia Aur Jia. Kalki taught me French and I polished her Hindi!

Q)What’s your Hollywood film Love Sonia all about?

Love Sonia is a crossover Indo American film directed by Tabrez Noorani and reveals the brutal realities of human trafficking and child abuse. My role is crucial to the film which has been shot in Hong Kong and Mumbai.

Q)How content are you as an actress today?

An actor is never content, but I am happy my hard work has paid off and I have done some good work. Now I want to work harder so that people remember my work. If my stint in the industry is not too long then I would like to do films for which I am remembered.

Interviewed By: Arti Saxena