Wednesday January 16, 2019

Richa Chadha Talks About Importance of Taking a Break

To adhere to her dates committed to her future projects, Richa will spend a working Diwali due to the shoot for the film away from home and friends

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

Actress Richa Chadha, who is currently busy with the final schedule of the upcoming biopic “Shakeela”, says taking a break from work is important.

To adhere to her dates committed to her future projects, Richa will spend a working Diwali due to the shoot for the film away from home and friends. She is glad to be doing it this way.

Richa Chadha
Richa Chadha, Wikimedia Commons

“These dates were locked months ago. I agree that taking a break is important but I have had a busy few months and we as a team wanted to finish the shoot on time so that the film can be ready for its release on time. I’m happy to be spending time on sets on Diwali, it would be different, but we will make it special here to be with my little family I have made on the sets here,” she added.

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Director Indrajit Lankesh is helming the movie, which stars Richa Chadha in the role of real-life adult film actress Shakeela, who was popular in southern showbiz in the 1990s and continues to work even today. (IANS)

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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."

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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)