Ac­tor Richa Chadha says when celebrities speak about their per­sonal is­sues on a public plat­form, peo­ple should give them credit for it

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Ac­tor Richa Chadha (right) doesn’t be­lieve in minc­ing her words. Time and again, she has ex­pressed strong opin­ions about var­i­ous is­sues in the film in­dus­try. Some­time back, she also made a con­fes­sion and came out clean about bat­tling bu­limia — an eat­ing dis­or­der char­ac­terised by binge eat­ing. Be­sides Richa, there are many other celebs who have made shock­ing rev­e­la­tions about how they suf­fered and over­came a par­tic­u­lar dis­or­der.

Clearly, it has be­come a trend of sorts among celebrities to share their per­sonal is­sues on a public plat­form, “I don’t think they should be called con­fes­sions at all. It’s not like we are re­veal­ing that we have done some­thing il­le­gal. It’s some­thing we’ve dealt with — whether its abuse, self con­fi­dence is­sues, some in­jury or a dis­or­der that other peo­ple may not nec­es­sar­ily speak about,” says Richa.

On be­ing asked if such con­fes­sions can harm a celeb’s ca­reer, the ac­tor says, “As an ac­tor you are go­ing to be more vul­ner­a­ble and feel a cer­tain way about yourself and the world. And some­times, a celeb’s life is not all rosy, so I don’t think one should judge any­body who comes out clean.”

Ask her if there’s any plan to marry and set­tle down soon, the ac­tor quips, “Women are al­ways asked about get­ting mar­ried, set­tling down and hav­ing kids and to choose be­tween ca­reer and fam­ily, and I don’t want to en­cour­age that trend.” Not the one to think of mar­riage as the be all and end all of a woman’s life, Richa adds, “Also it’s not nice to say set­tling down. Why are we set­tling down? Are we dust or mud? What if you’re al­ready set­tled down in your head? What if you’re al­ready at peace and you’re evolv­ing and grow­ing and be­com­ing wiser and more in­tel­li­gent and more beau­ti­ful … what about that?”

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