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Richa Chadha Considers Her Singing Debut as a Happy Accident

As a listener, she enjoys light Hindustani classical music "because it's vast"

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

Actress Richa Chadha says making her debut as a singer with Punjabi track “‘Gwandian from Dr. Zeus’ album “Global Injection”, was a decision that came about as a “happy accident”.

What drew her to come up with a song?

“It was a happy accident at best. I met with some friends and they were looking for a vocalist. I hummed and they asked me to record it. We were done with the whole thing in about 5 hours,” Richa told IANS over email.

The song, launched on Thursday, features the dynamic duo Dr.Zeus and Zora Randhawa and Richa Chadha with her “Fukrey” co-star Varun Sharma. Its video has already received over 1,757,750 views.

“‘Gwandian’ is a party track and also could be a wedding song. Hence, we didn’t want to shoot it in a typical fashion. We wanted to give it a family feel and make it relatable for people who live in big cities in apartment complexes,” she said.

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Richa Chadha at an event, IANS

Is the response encouraging enough to follow it up with another track?

“Sure. Since I am an actor first and not a singer, if anyone wants to collaborate with me, I am more than happy to,” said Richa, who is not opposed to the idea of singing for a film.

“Why not? If some one trusts me with it, why not?”

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As a listener, she enjoys light Hindustani classical music “because it’s vast”.

“I listen to a lot of house and instrumental too. I like old Hindi songs and Sufi music. But my cardio playlist is usually hip-hop and pop,” the actress added. (IANS)

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Actress Richa Chadha Feels That So Much Stigma is Attached to Sexual Crime

Speaking about the harsh standards of beauty for women, Richa said: "Today, it can be very confusing for young women... what you're supposed to do with your body. I believe that one should be healthy and exercise

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

Actress Richa Chadha says there is so much stigma attached to sexual crime that sometimes it’s impossible to get even the bravest women to speak up.

Last year, the Indian audience saw Richa Chadha in “Love Sonia”, a film which deals with the topic of human trafficking.

The Tabrez Noorani directorial released in the UK last week. To promote the film, the Indian actress appeared on a show hosted by Victoria Derbyshire on Monday. She also used the platform to speak about a variety of issues, including the #MeToo movement — a global movement which is against sexual harassment and assault.

On #MeToo, she said: “It’s upsetting that those women who have come out and spoken, many of them have received death threats, rape threats, for some their livelihood has been snatched away.

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Richa Chadha, Wikimedia Commons

“Primarily, there’s an issue of will and consent. There are many cases where a woman may have given the consent to sleep with somebody, but her will may not have been there because they will have a position of authority or power over the woman which they can blatantly abuse.

“So, this is a very tricky territory which we need to figure out to make this work, to create a supportive environment for women who speak out. The term for rape in Hindi is ‘izzat lootna’. Its literal translation is losing your dignity. So, there’s so much stigma attached to any kind of sexual crime that sometimes, it’s impossible to get the bravest women to speak out…because this then, becomes that one thing that defines them,” she added.

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Speaking about the harsh standards of beauty for women, Richa Chadha said: “Today, it can be very confusing for young women… what you’re supposed to do with your body. I believe that one should be healthy and exercise.

“Everybody should be allowed to be happy in their own skin without being called ‘lazy’ or ‘unprofessional’ or ‘anorexic’ or ‘not womanly’ enough. It’s so harsh for women to keep up and adhere to these standards.” (IANS)