‘DON’T WANT TO BE NEXT HEART­THROB’

Says ac­tor Richa Chadha; ad­mits she’s far from com­pe­ti­tion and happy with her work

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Ac­tor Richa Chadha (right), whose re­cent re­lease has been re­ceived well, says that she has never felt that she is part of the rat race in the in­dus­try. The 26-year-old says that she only com­pares her work to the work she has done ear­lier. “I don’t com­pete with any­one. I started with a film like Gangs of Wassey­pur... who will com­pete with me any­way? Plus, I am not in­ter­ested in be­ing the next heart­throb. I see the long way that I have come, and I am only in­ter­ested in that,” she says.

Talk­ing about suc­cess, Richa says that she has a long way to go. “If I start feel­ing that I am suc­cess­ful, then I’ll stop work­ing. For me, each film is dif­fer­ent, and so is the ef­fort I put in for each film. I feel this is very im­por­tant for an ac­tor,” she adds.

While there is a de­bate about the dis­par­ity in money paid to male and fe­male ac­tors, Richa says that this amount should be di­rectly pro­mo­tional to box of­fice col­lec­tion of one’s films. “I feel that it is stupid to pay peo­ple based on their gen­der. If they are paid ac­cord­ing to the pull that they have in bring­ing the view­ers in to watch their films, then it’s jus­ti­fied,” she says.

While many of roles in her films such as Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008) and Fukrey (2013) have been very dif­fer­ent, Richa is glad that they have been loved. “I know I took a risk by play­ing those char­ac­ters and I am glad that the risk has paid off. Also, I am lucky to get parts like these. I feel that this shows that fe­male ac­tors are more ca­pa­ble than what peo­ple think,” she says.

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