Richa Chadha Talks About Type-Casting in Bollywood
Richa Chadha shared that Bollywood still focuses a lot on looks and social media following when choosing an actor instead of their talent
Bollywood star Richa Chadha has come a long way throughout the course of her career. She started her career in 2008 with Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! but only got her big break four years later with Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur, which went on to become one of the biggest hits of Bollywood. Things didn’t stop there for Richa as she went ahead and signed Fukrey, Sarabjit, Love Sonia and the recently released Section 375, in which she essays a lawyer fighting for a rape victim. Despite having a fruitful career in Bollywood, where many believe that the stereotype around only casting good-looking actors and actresses is slowly dying, Richa thinks otherwise.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Richa said that it's still a very looks-oriented industry, and added, "It’s a visual medium. That’s why I am wearing make-up and sitting in front of you!" In another interview with DNA India, she also spoke about how her role was criticised for not being meaty enough as compared to that of Akshaye Khanna's in Section 375. She stated, "I think it’s a childish thing to say, as it depends on the story. When I did Gangs of Wasseypur, nobody said that Manoj Bajpayee’s role was meatier. That’s because people have started expecting me to do a role like Punjaban in Fukrey where I have the punch lines. This is kind of a stereotype in the viewers’ minds."
Richa also shed light on how many celebrities are now landing roles because of their social media following instead of their talent. She concluded, "If I were to get a role through social media, I don’t want it. What can you show from social media? That you have a good following? Those are not the roles I am after. I am not judging people who get roles like that! I was off it for a month, and it didn’t make a difference to my life, apart from the fact that I was very peaceful. It was around the time of elections, and everyone was losing it!"