Richa’s ‘ve­gan’ or­deal

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Sneha Ma­hade­van sneha.ma­hade­van@hin­dus­tan­times.com

It may be fun to shoot at beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions in Europe, but Richa Chadha didn’t have it easy while work­ing on her up­com­ing film, Jia Aur

Jia. The film was shot solely in Swe­den, and ac­cord­ing to a source, shoot­ing for the film was a breeze, but as a ve­gan, Richa had a hard time with the food.

The source says, “Swe­den is known for its rich food, which fea­tures dishes full of cheese, dairy prod­ucts, and dif­fer­ent meats and seafood. As a ve­gan, Richa swears by or­ganic food and avoids meat and dairy prod­ucts. She faced a lot of prob­lems dur­ing the shoot sched­ule, as it was very dif­fi­cult for her to find good food that suited her diet. Richa usu­ally makes it a point to carry her own food, but it was dif­fi­cult to do that for the en­tire length of the sched­ule. “The film crew helped her find places that of­fered ve­gan food, and she some­how man­aged to stick to her diet,” the source says.

Richa says, “Swe­den is a re­ally cool place. I had a hard time with the food, as most veg­e­tar­i­ans do when they travel over­seas. Thank­fully, Swe­den pro­vides one ve­gan dish per res­tau­rant by law. In that sense, it is pro­gres­sive. But my op­tions were still lim­ited. I came back home and had spicy In­dian food to show my taste buds some love.”

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