Richa wanted to turn pro­ducer af­ter Gangs of Wassey­pur

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Actor Richa Chadha (above) says that she wanted to turn pro­ducer right af­ter her break­through film Gangs of Wassey­pur (2012) but it was not taken kindly by the peo­ple around her.

“I wanted to pro­duce some­thing right af­ter ‘Gangs...’ I was 24 at that point of time. I said can we in­vest some money? I had no man­ager, noth­ing. Ev­ery­one shot me down and said ‘You’re so young and stupid, you won’t be able to do any­thing,’” Richa says.

Five years later, the actor has fi­nally taken the plunge by pro­duc­ing a short film that ex­plores a love story set against the back­drop of the tur­moil in Pun­jab in the early ’90s. The 15-minute-long film, di­rected by Rupin­der In­der­jit re­leased dig­i­tally on Tues­day.

The actor says that pro­duc­ing con­tent which one be­lieves in is grat­i­fy­ing. “I want to en­cour­age young peo­ple to come for­ward and take charge. We have some­thing which the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion didn’t — the In­ter­net. There is a huge democ­racy and scope in that,” she says.

Richa, who is known for her per­for­mances in films such as Masaan (2015) and Fukrey (2013), says she has learnt dif­fer­ent as­pects of cinema only af­ter don­ning the pro­ducer’s hat. “Pro­duc­ing the film was re­ally amaz­ing. It made me look at things from a dif­fer­ent point of view; where I am won­der­ing ‘why are ac­tors so ex­pen­sive, so much money needs to be spent on them, van­ity van, make up etc.’” Though born in Delhi to a Pun­jabi fa­ther and Bi­hari mother, Richa says that she feels con­nected to the “soil of Pun­jab”, a state which has been through a lot.

PHOTO: KARUN SHARMA/HT

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