From playing the mother of Nawazuddin Siddiqui at the age of 24 to making her presence felt at the festival circuit as well as at the box office, Richa Chadha has carved her own niche. The star says she would rather opt for a project that gives her a chance to act than just give her visibility.
When asked if she felt that mainstream filmmakers are not collaborating with her enough for a protagonist’s role she replied, “Look, if the producer is looking for a business of Rs 100 crore from a film, they need a star like Deepika Padukone to pull it off and it is purely a professional reason. I am okay with all that. I am not here to make money anyway. I want to leave a mark on every project that I take up, every film that I do.”
“I would say that only in Sarbjit, I felt misused. I regretted choosing the film, but Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela was a great experience. My character was pretty substantial. As long as my choice of the film gives me a chance to do that, I will continue choosing quality,” she added.
However, she admits that playing the mother of an older man, at the age of 24 in ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ (2012), was certainly a risk. “That was a huge risk that I took at that point in time for which nobody appreciated me. There are people who thought that I am much older than what my actual age was. But people also understood my caliber as an actor,” she said.
Chadha was also offered to play the mother of Hrithik Roshan in the film ‘Agneepath’ (2012). “Yes, that is true, and I think that was a really stupid idea of the person who offered me that role. I think he was smoking something wrong,” quipped the star, known for speaking her mind.
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