Sunday September 22, 2019

Wanted an Excellent Actor Over Dancer: ‘Cabaret’ Makers on Casting Richa Chadha

Niyogi said: "When it comes to dance, Richa Chadha really worked hard and it shows on-screen... Dance really was a thing out of her syllabus and she learnt it correctly."

Richa Chadha
Richa Chadha. Wikimedia Commons

The rationale behind casting Richa Chadha as a bar dancer for “Cabaret” was that the team wanted an excellent actor over a dancer, the film’s director Kaustav Narayan Niyogi and producer Pooja Bhatt have said.

As Richa has featured in films like “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!”, “Masaan”, “Fukrey Returns” and “Love Sonia”, the audience has never seen her flaunt her dancing skills.

On what made them choose Richa Chadha, Niyogi told IANS here: “Well, there was a tussle between choosing the actor based on the skill. We had to decide whether we are going to take an actor who can dance or a dancer who can act. Initially, I thought of someone who can really dance well… But when I looked at the story, we had to look at a character that starts her journey from the heartland of India and transforms herself into a bar dancer.

“For the convincing portrayal of such a complex character, we needed an actor. Richa was the best choice we had.”

In “Cabaret”, Richa plays a bar dancer who comes from a small village in Jharkhand with a dream to start her own dance school and to teach children. But life offers her a different journey altogether.

On casting Richa, Pooja said: “We met the beautiful dancer Lauren Gottlieb when we were developing the script. Initially, we thought she would be the right choice of the film. Of course, she is not Indian and in the final script, we set the story in Jharkhand. So then it was important for us to look for someone who can capture the nuances of an Indian girl very convincingly.

“When it comes to Richa, she really does not need to speak a lot to convince the audience that she is an Indian. It is all over her,” she said.

Richa Chadha
Wanted actor over dancer: ‘Cabaret’ makers on casting Richa. Flickr

Niyogi added: “Dance is one of the elements of the whole narrative and that is why we emphasised on the wholesome performance of an actor over a dancer.”

The film also features Gulshan Devaiah and S. Sreesanth streaming on the OTT platform ZEE5.

Asked if it was difficult for the makers to make Richa dance, Pooja said: “It is tougher for us to make a non-actor act than an actor to dance.”

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Sharing her earlier experience of working with Sunny Leone in the film “Jism 2”, she said: “She was a very disciplined individual who used to learn all her lines in Hindi and put in a lot of hard work.

“But let’s be honest, Sunny is not a born actor… So whatever performance she delivered on ‘Jism 2’, was our hard work. When it comes to Richa, she is a born actor… She is a gifted talent.”

Niyogi said: “When it comes to dance, Richa Chadha really worked hard and it shows on-screen… Dance really was a thing out of her syllabus and she learnt it correctly.” (IANS)

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Actress Richa Chadha Extends her Support to Pride Month

Richa was also recently chosen as the face face by Humsafar Trust, an NGO for the LGBTQ community

Richa Chadha
Richa Chadha. Wikimedia Commons

Actress Richa Chadha has become a part of a special promotional initiative of the US Consulate here to extend support for the Pride Month in India.

A post on the official Instagram account of the US Consulate General in Mumbai, shows Richa posing in a bright yellow ensemble and making a heart gesture with her hands.

Alongside that is a post which reads: “It’s 2019! Obsolete ideas of morality, misinformation about LGBTQIA+ must go. By repealing Section 377, India has joined the ranks of other progressive nations in the world. For the common man, there’s now a growing understanding that being LGBTQIA+ is normal. But repealing the law on paper and having greater acceptability as an LGBTQIA+ in society are very different things.

Richa Chadha at an event. IANS

“We need to work tirelessly to remove ignorance, misinformation and stigma attached to the community and its choices. Life must be made easier. An open and welcoming approach to the LGBTQIA+ must percolate down to the tier two cities and villages in India, and not stay restricted to the cosmopolitans.”

The actress added: “As a society, we must become more inclusive and aware about all genders and their needs. The role of LGBTQIA allies is crucial in this regard, as we can help bring issues of stereotyping and harassment to the notice of people and popular media. We should team up with artists who fight for freedom of expression, against censorship, and also join hands with those fighting for marginalised groups.”

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Richa was also recently chosen as the face face by Humsafar Trust, an NGO for the LGBTQ community, to inaugurate India’s first ever holistic medical centre for the people of the community to help them break away from stigmas of general discrimination they may face. (IANS)