Richa Chadha has always believed in pushing boundaries with her film choices. From the Gangs of Wasseypur series, the Fukrey franchise, or Masaan (2015) to the recent Cabaret, the actor has opted for powerful subjects. And it’s the same with her upcoming films — she will be playing ’90s adult film star Shakeela in a biopic, a strong-headed advocate in Section 375 and a kabaddi player in Panga. But Richa says that when someone addresses her as a ‘bold actor’, she finds it “very uncomfortable”.
“I find ‘bold’ to be a very cringeworthy label. Even words such as ‘outsider’ or ‘glamorous’ indicate strange meanings. But I don’t look at things like that. And when somebody labels me as an ‘outsider’ or ‘glamorous’ or a ‘bold’ actor, I don’t enjoy these labels at all,” she says.
But the 32-year-old shares that when shooting for an intimate scene in Masaan, she had no idea people would call it “a bold movie” and label her accordingly. “The whole film (Masaan) rests on the love-making scene which is there in the beginning. But would you call it a bold movie? I don’t think so. And how can you define an actor as a ‘bold’ one? Surprisingly, people made a big thing out of it,” says Richa adding, “You can tell a titillating scene from a non-titillating one. There is a difference.”
And the actor admits that she fears being labelled. “The fear of being stereotyped is always there and it should be. I’ve explored many opportunities to be a versatile actor, but I’ve also said no to roles many times. When you truly love your work and when you aren’t operating out of insecurity, that’s the only time you figure this out,” Richa says.
Besides films, she has also ventured into the web space with Inside Edge (2017). And while many web series have explicitly shown nudity and sex, Richa feels that there is no need to judge the actors because sometimes it may be the need of the story. “One should see the intent of the maker, how the scene is shot and the story is told. That’s the only thing one should judge, not the bold scenes,” Richa adds.