The Coalition: Candid Comments by Richa Chadha


“The Hollywood sign still flashes on Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills area. But I wonder why it is called Bollywood? Bollywood is more like a Hindi film industry,” said actress Richa Chadha to her fellow panellists (Neil Bhoopalam, Anurag Kashyap, Hussain Dalal) and moderators (The AIB Team) on the occasion of The Coalition TC/3 event in Delhi. She also added in a slightly amusing tone, “Rather it should be called the ‘Mumbaiii’ film industry.”

Richa Chadha was certainly spontaneous, interesting and added some one-liners on various aspects of her acting career:

On Auditions

“He (Anurag Kashyap) rejected me for the part of Dev D, which ultimately went to Kalki Koechlin.” She also added, “The role of Nagma Khatoon in Gangs of Wasseypur was ultimately given to me when two other actresses turned down the role.”

On Being Stereotyped

Richa also shared that she is often stereotyped as a bold and fiery actress. She shared a small anecdote of how one of the script writers approached her who said, “Madam script me itni galli hain, aap ko maza aa jayega.” (Madam, you’ll enjoy working with us as the script is full of abusive language).

The Worst Piece Of Advice

“So now I have made my place in the industry, made a mark and a PR (Public Relation executive) suggested to me that I date a cricketer in order to sustain my career and be in the limelight.”

On Money

“I am not thinking money when I am doing movies like Masaan. I will do something like a fashion show for money, like I did last evening.”

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