Richa Chadda is a new and sultry Indian actress. She came into public’s view through her film
Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! starring as Dolly in a supportive actress role. But before this stardom, Richa started out as a model. After modeling, she changed her course to the theater. She toured in India as well as Pakistan for her plays. She gained more insight on the theater from the Founder-Director of ‘Theatre Action Group’, Barry John.
She spent her childhood in Delhi with her father of Punjabi and mother of Bihari descent. She completed her schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya in 2002. After graduating from St. Stephan’s college for Bachelors in History, she went on to get a PG Diploma. Her course was of Social Communication Media, which she completed from Sophia Polytechnic College, Mumbai. Chadda received positive responses for her part in the film “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!,” after which she appeared in a comedy film by the name ‘Benny and Babloo’ in 2010. Her role was of a character named Fedora. She was praised for her role by well-known critics from Bollywood: Hungama and Koimoi.
The year 2012 was quite busy and good for Chadda as she was cast by
Anurag Kashyap in the films “ Gangs Of Wasseypur- Part 1” and “
Gangs of Wasseypur- Part 2.” “Gangs of Wasseypur” is a crime drama and is focused on the coal coterie of Dhanbad, Jharkhand. It features the fight for power, politics and unsolved enmity between three crime families. Her character was of a Nagma Khatoon. This character portrayed the helplessness of women in the old era. Her portrayal of the designed character got her 11 movie roles. She is shown to mature from 16 to 60 years of age in the film for which she got the name "Miss Fire" for her brave act. The first part of the two films premiered at the 65th Cannes Film Festival and the sequel in which she reprised her original role premiered at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Madhureeta Mukherjee of The Times of India praised the star by saying she holds her foot and is poised. She received a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress category and won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress.
Later, Chadda was cast in a comedy film “
Fukrey". She portrayed a hard-hitting female don of the name Bholi Punjaban. She perfected the role in every aspect. Anurag Kashyap cast her in compilation film ‘Shorts’ titled “Epilogue”.
Chadda and her co-star Shrivastav play a dysfunctional couple who is unhappy with each other. The actress received mixed reviews from critics. Chadda then was cast in a multi-starred
Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed drama film Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela. Chadda appeared in a supporting role as Rasila. Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com wrote, "Richa Chadda doesn’t have a big role, but she owns the scenes she walks in with her inbuilt fire.” She got nominated in IIFA Best Supporting Actress category for her role.
Despite that, the actress shocked the town when she said that, “I won’t do a role like the one I did in Ram Leela again.” In 2014, Chadda was in by Navneet Behal directed film ‘
Tamanchey’. She portrayed a criminal named Babu. She got downplayed by the critics. Chadda then worked with director Mira Nair in a Mexican-American anthology film ‘Words with Gods’ in which she played the role of Meghna in the segment titled "God Room." It was screened out of competition at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.
Chadda, being a vegetarian, posed as a mermaid for a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ad campaign, encouraging people to avoid eating fish. She also walked the ramps of Lakme Fashion Week and performed in a play called “Trivial Disasters.” Chadda got distinguished for her role in the 2015 film “
Masaan.” Both the movie and Chadda shined throughout getting 4.5 stars. Her next film was “
Main Aur Charles,” which was based on biggest conman Charles Sobhraj and The Jailbreak of 1986.
Chadda is to star in Sudhir Mishra's version of the ‘
Devdas’ saga, titled “
Aur Devdas” as Paro” and Aditi Rao Hydari's Chadramukhi. Also, she is cast as the lead in the much talked about movie “
Cabaret,” which is being directed by
Pooja Bhatt. Chadda has signed to play in the biopic Sarabjit Singh as the wife of Sarabjit. Chadda has promoted the brands Minute Maid, Tata Sky, Archies Gallery and Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate through advertisements. She also faced some controversies like the one where she got detained at an airport for 2 hours and also when she lamented the Prime Minister’s #SelfieWithDaughter initiative. Richa is in a relationship with boyfriend Franck Gastambide. Photos cited her with her beau in Los Angeles where they shopped and bonded.
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Richa Chadda is an Indian-born actress in Bollywood. She was born on December 18, 1986, in Amritsar. Brought up in Delhi, her father is a Punjabi Hindu and owns a management firm while her mother is working as a professor at PGDAV College, Delhi University. Richa’s mother also works at Gandhi Smriti. Her father initially was a reader in the University, but to settle in Delhi, he had to work from scratch.
Richa completed her school from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Delhi, and subsequently took admission in History Hons., in the prestigious St. Stephens College, Delhi University. After graduation, she went on to pursue masters in social communication from Sophia College, Mumbai. Richa says that ever since her graduation days, she was interested in theater. Her career started with modeling, which slowly traversed to the theater. As a part of a theater group, she performed in many places, including India and Pakistan.
Richa has been active in the industry since 2008. She has made her debut with Dibakar Banerjee’s “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!” opposite
Abhay Deol. Even though it was a supporting role, her work was appreciated since then. Richa Chadda’s graph, ever since she came into the industry, has been on a rise. In 2010, she worked in a comedy flick “Benny and Babloo.” Many moviegoers and critics again appreciated the role of Fedora in the movie. Anurag Kashyap’s “Gangs of Wasseypur” gave her the much-needed break and appreciation, as she tells in an interview, that this particular role got her 11 new roles. The portrayal of Nagma Khatoon, as many critics said, could not have been done better if Kashyap’s first choice wouldn’t have been Richa Chadda. In “Gangs of Wasseypur- Part 1,” Richa’s character has been described by many critics, as a perfect combination of strength and helplessness of women belonging to our previous generation.
The movie was premiered at Cannes Film Festival, its 65th edition. The second part of “Gangs of Wasseypur” was no less, as she was successful in reprising the role, as she matured and quite aptly portrayed an age leap from 16-60 years. The movie enjoyed its premiere at Cannes Director Fortnight, coupled with it a prequel. For her role in the second part, she enjoyed a Filmfare nomination for the Best Supporting Actress and went on to win the Filmfare Critics Award for the Best Actress. In 2013, Richa worked in Mrighdeep Singh Lamba’s movie “Fukrey” where she portrayed the role of a female Don, named Bholi Punjaban. The movie was not that appreciated as her character. Richa Chadda portrayed the role of a female gunda, in a very convincing manner.
Next, she was seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Goliyon ki Raslila Ram-Leela,” a Hindi adaptation of the great Shakespearian play -
Romeo Juliet. Chadda played the character of Rasila, which was a supporting actress role. Many critics described her role as a short and strong role. She was nominated in the IIFA Best Supporting Actress category, for her role in Raam Leela. Richa played the role of Meghna in Mira Nair’s “Words with God”. In 2014, she appeared in Navneet-Behal’s project “Tamanchey” where she portrayed the role of a criminal.
The movie got mixed reviews and did pretty decent at the box office. Richa managed to come back with a hit at the box office, with her movie “Masaan” in 2015. She played the role of a traumatized small town girl in the film. The critics described the role as not just the character that she went into, but also the soul. The result was a convincing portrayal of Devi on screen. A recent release of Richa “Main Aur Charles”, based on the life of the famous Charles Shobhraj, has done quite well in the box office. She is now working on Pooja Bhatt’s project “Cabaret” and Sudhir Mishra’s adaptation of ‘Devdas’. She has a lot of projects in her kitty, so be ready to get surprised in future.