Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Yashika Mathur ■

Ac­tor Richa Chadha has reg­u­larly been a part of films that break away from stereo­typ­i­cal ide­olo­gies, play­ing un­con­ven­tional roles, but she feels that the main­stream film in­dus­try takes up cer­tain themes only af­ter they be­come pop­u­lar trends world­wide.

“Bol­ly­wood re­sponds to change, a bit late. When some­thing cool starts hap­pen­ing in the world, we de­cide that we should make a film on it,” says Richa.

The 30-year old ac­tor, who has been part of films such as Masaan (2015) and Sar­b­jit (2016), will soon be seen in a film which re­volves around two girls on a road trip to Swe­den. She as­serts that when Bol­ly­wood takes up a topic, it has a cer­tain im­pact on the mind of the au­di­ence.

“A film might not al­ways have a mes­sage, but it does have some kind of im­pact on peo­ple. A film like mine (Jia Aur Jia) tries to nor­malise the idea of girls bond­ing and trav­el­ling to­gether. I think peo­ple should be al­lowed to min­gle with­out any pres­sure from par­ents, spouses or in-laws,” she feels.

The ac­tor also be­lieves that films about fe­male bond­ing are im­por­tant for the au­di­ence, es­pe­cially since there is a dearth of such cinema in the main­stream in­dus­try. In­ter­est­ingly, 2017 can be said to be the year of films with fe­male pro­tag­o­nists, with more such films lined up this year.

“We have seen a lot of films such as Dil Chahta Hai and Zindagi Na Mi­legi Do­bara, which are cen­tred around male bond­ing. There is hardly any­thing for girls. Its ei­ther a love tri­an­gle, or be­ing catty. It’s just not a healthy space in films for women-bond­ing sto­ries,” she feels.


Richa Chadha, who has al­ways ex­per­i­mented with her choice of roles, feels Bol­ly­wood takes up trends only when they get pop­u­lar

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