Tuesday February 18, 2020

Actress Richa Chadha Looks at The #MeToo Movement Positively

The promotional calendar, featuring Richa in 12 avatars, is themed on the 1990s' pulp films

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Instead of trial by media, it should be trial by law: Richa Chadha on #MeToo. Flickr

Actress Richa Chadha, who is proud to portray a brave character like Shakeela on the big screen, looks at the #MeToo movement positively. She believes the movement should have a trial by law that can bring the truth to the fore.

The most recent name to have emerged in the #MeToo wave is that of filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, who has been accused of sexual harassment by a woman assistant.

On her opinion on the movement, Richa Chadha told the media here: “I am happy that this movement took place and it is important to the cause of it. However, I feel that instead of the #MeToo movement being more about trial by media, it should be more trial by law, which is what will bring the truth to the cause.

“Instead of rumours, I feel it’s more important to understand the actual cases and bring justice to them.”

The actress was present along with “Shakeela” director Indrajit Lankesh for the launch of a quirky calendar here on Thursday night.

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Richa Chadha at an event, IANS

The film is based on the life of bold south Indian actress Shakeela who gained popularity in the 1990s by acting in Telugu and Malayalam films.

Richa said: “When I first heard the story and when Indrajit told me about the script, I was amazed to know how cinematic her life is. She is an unapologetic person who never apologized for her choices. She empowered herself and did things in a business which was largely male-dominated back then.

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“‘Shakeela’ is a story deserving to be told. I am fascinated by her and her story. We talk about issues like women empowerment, gender discrimination and #MeToo today. Shakeela has seen and witnessed this years ago. And she bravely stood up for each of these things during her time which was way early in those days. And she has lived an unapologetic life. Her career choices was always about why should I be ashamed to do my work.”

The promotional calendar, featuring Richa in 12 avatars, is themed on the 1990s’ pulp films.

Richa Chadha said: “The idea of the calendar was to create something that was tongue-in-cheek and equally funny. It is a homage to those pulp films of the 1990s. These posters have been intricately thought through with the intention of invoking a funny reaction from the audiences. I hope people get the humour in all of this. It’s a fun concept and the calendar is something that works well for the film.” (IANS)

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“Filmmakers Should Make More Films About Women Leadership”, Says Actress Richa Chadha

"I have always believed that more stories of women in leadership roles need to be told", Says Richa

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"I have always believed that more stories of women in leadership roles need to be told", Says Richa. Wikimedia Commons

Actress Richa chadha, who will be next seen in the political drama “Madam Chief Minister”, urges filmmakers to make more films about women leadership.

Directed by Subhash Kapoor, “Madam Chief Minister” features Richa in the lead role of a chief minister of a state.

“I was pleasantly surprised to be cast for the titular role in Subhash Sir’s film. I have followed his work since ‘Phans Gaye Re Obama’, which I enjoyed very much. ‘Madam Chief Minister’ is one of the most exciting scripts I have read and it possessed me. I am so grateful for this opportunity, as it is rare to come across writing and insight like this. It has been the toughest yet most enjoyable working experience for me. I have always believed that more stories of women in leadership roles need to be told and I am glad I could be a part of one such story,” Richa said.

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Actress Richa chadha, who will be next seen in the political drama “Madam Chief Minister”, urges filmmakers to make more films about women leadership. Wikimedia Commons

The film has been shot in Lucknow. It also stars Akshay Oberoi, Manav Kaul and Saurabh Shukla.

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“Madam Chief Minister” is slated to release on July 17. (IANS)