Saturday November 17, 2018
Home Entertainment Richa Chadha ...

Richa Chadha speaks about the difficulties on the mainstream film’s set

"Working in mainstream is somewhat stressful, but not in exact sense. It's a very different experience... There is an unspoken hierarchy in a mainstream film, that I am not fond of," Richa told IANS here after she wrapped up the shoot of "Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui".

0
//
Richa Chadha
Richa Chadha, Wikimedia Commons
Republish
Reprint

An unspoken hierarchy on the sets of a mainstream film is not something actress Richa Chadha is fond of.

Having worked in both mainstream cinema and projects with theater artistes, Richa pointed at the basic difference between the two.

“Working in mainstream is somewhat stressful, but not in exact sense. It’s a very different experience… There is an unspoken hierarchy in a mainstream film, that I am not fond of,” Richa told IANS here after she wrapped up the shoot of “Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui”.

The film’s ensemble cast includes actors as talented as Pankaj Tripathi, Saurabh Shukla, Vinay Pathak, Divya Dutta, Manoj Pahwa and Pavan Malhotra. Richa says even if she is on the top of that hierarchy, it makes her uncomfortable.

The film's ensemble cast includes actors as talented as Pankaj Tripathi, Saurabh Shukla, Vinay Pathak, Divya Dutta, Manoj Pahwa and Pavan Malhotra. Richa says even if she is on the top of that hierarchy, it makes her uncomfortable.
Richa Chadha at an event, IANS

“Even if I am at the top of a hierarchy, I don’t like it. Because it unknowingly distances yourself from other people working on the project. For example, there are five actors and all of them are equally commercially viable and have equal experience… Just because my manager says, ‘Richa ko kuch alag do, alag van mil jaye (Give Richa a separate vanity van)’, so when I will sit and eat food with them, I will feel weird,” she said.

During the shoot of “Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui”, the experience was different.

All the actors, who have a lot of experience, stayed together till its wrap up. And they also helped junior artistes in giving the best shot.

“Suppose we are doing a scene… Like, while shooting ‘Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui’, we have had a few junior artistes in Lucknow. They are not trained actors, so they do not know mark, light, how to put the mic, and the basics. But we are sitting and helping, coming together… If there is a hierarchy, then it won’t be the same… They won’t be able to open up.

Also Read: Diana Penty happy for doing versatile stories

“The pressure on that artiste is in fact much more because he/she has to prove himself/herself in just those two days. So, why make that difference or bring it in the first place? If it is there, it really pinches the person on the other side.

“If you are doing a comedy, you have to be comfortable enough with each other to have that camaraderie. Jokes happen between friends, right?” added the “Daas Dev” actress.

“Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui” is a political satire, Co-produced by Sony Pictures Networks Productions and Anubhav Sinha. Its release date is yet to be announced. (IANS)

 

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2018 NewsGram

Next Story

‘Raid’: A one-dimensional tale that hinges on a weak plot

Overall, with a tinge of patriotism, Raid is a film that gives an insight into how corrupt our country is

0
Ajay Devgn's Raid is worth a watch. Wikimedia Commons
  • Raid released this Friday and is directed by Raj Kumar Gupta
  • The movie stars Ajay Devgn, Saurabh Shukla, Ileana D’Cruz, Gayathri Iyer, Ajay Singh and Amit Sial
  • The movie gives an insight into the corruption going on in the country

Of late, there has been a string of films inspired by true events. The latest to join the list is Director Raj Kumar Gupta’s “Raid”.

Designed to glorify the unsung heroes namely the Income Tax officers who work to make the Indian economy run smoothly, the film portrays one such officer Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgn). How he relentlessly and honestly goes about his duty ensuring that the government gets its due from defaulting tax-payers, forms the crux of the tale.

Actress Ileana D'Cruz
The movie also stars Ileana D’Cruz . Wikimedia Commons

The story written by Ritesh Shah is set in the early 1980s. It is a laboured, one dimensional tale which involves the incorruptible and fearless Amay who after getting tipped by a secret source, raids the premises of the well-connected business tycoon and the most powerful man in Lucknow – Rameshwar Singh aka Tauji (Saurabh Shukla). The raid spans over a couple of days with Rameshwar trying to use all his clout to put a spanner into the proceedings.

While the message against corruption is strong, the plot pivoting around just one case, seems stretched with verbal deliberations and one-upmanship between the hero and the antagonists and overtones of romance and concern between the hero and his wife Malini (Ileana D’Cruz).

Also, the Raid, which is a battle against evil – read corruption, seems to have a diluted effect, not because mythology is dragged into the dialogues, but because Tauji was actually ignorant of how, “so much black money was stacked in his own house”. This is definitely a sore point in the plot. It diminishes the aura of the antagonist and thereby plummets the film notches down the relatability grade.

While the first half of the film is engrossing, the second half turns into a comic exposure of serious events.

Also Read: Padman Review: Social Issue Presented Right

Ajay Devgn with his intense look and no-nonsense demeanour slips into IT officer Amay Patnaik’s boots effortlessly. He displays his righteousness and sincerity with equal ease, but does nothing to elevate his performance. He is his usual self and we have seen him perform such roles in numerable films earlier. He is aptly paired with Ileana as his concerned and courageous wife. She hardly has anything to offer in terms of histrionics.

Saurabh Shukla as the chief antagonist is in top form. He delivers with all sincerity. But what elevates his performance is the support he gets from the cast who plays his extended family. Each character has their moment of on-screen glory, but the best is his octogenarian mother who is charming with her bluntness. She steals the show from all of them.

On the production front, the film is well-mounted except that in certain scenes, the lighting seems to be an issue. The frames were too dark to enjoy the visuals. While Amish Trivedi and Tanishk Bagchi’s background score has the right timbre for the drama, the songs in the film are an aberration in the narrative. They break the momentum of its intensity.

Overall, with a tinge of patriotism, Raid is a film that gives an insight into how corrupt our country is. IANS