Richa wanted to turn producer after Gangs of Wasseypur
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.