Richa goes back to school

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Work­ing on films with­out a break can be fun and ex­haust­ing, but Richa Chadha has found that it can also be help­ful in prep­ping for a role. The ac­tor is cur­rently pro­mot­ing her up­com­ing po­lit­i­cal thriller, di­rected by Sud­hir Mishra, and is also prep­ping for her next film, a black com­edy di­rected by Anub­hav Sinha. The lat­ter film is a satire of coali­tion politics, and ac­cord­ing to a source, Richa is pos­i­tive that her ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing for Mishra’s film will come in handy while she preps for the new one.

The source adds that the Gangs of Wassey­pur (2012) ac­tor is thrilled that her char­ac­ter in the new project is quite dif­fer­ent from her role in Sud­hir Mishra’s film, and she is quite ex­cited to work in an­other film with a po­lit­i­cal un­der­tone.

Richa is also study­ing politics to pre­pare for her next movie. The source re­veals, “Apart from us­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence from her pre­vi­ous films, Richa is cur­rently study­ing and re­search­ing politics at length. She’s tak­ing help from her pro­fes­sors in college, as she stud­ied history and politics in St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. She has been dis­cussing Ut­tar Pradesh’s po­lit­i­cal history with her teachers, be­cause both the di­rec­tors she is work­ing with are so clued in to the politics of the re­gion that she has had to work hard to catch up. How­ever, be­sides prep­ping for the role, Richa is per­son­ally in­ter­ested in know­ing more about the re­gion and its history and back­ground. She wants to un­der­stand the class di­vide, how strongholds are cre­ated, and the prob­lems and is­sues the state faces.”

Richa says, “History was my ma­jor sub­ject in college. World politics has al­ways in­ter­ested me and I al­ways liked keep­ing up with global events. Re­search­ing ar­ea­spe­cific politics was very in­trigu­ing and in­ter­est­ing. This isn’t the first time I’ve worked to re­search politics, as I did that for my pre­vi­ous films too. This re­search comes in handy when you want to un­der­stand the script and the con­text of the film bet­ter.”

History was my ma­jor sub­ject in college. World politics has al­ways in­ter­ested me and I al­ways liked keep­ing up with global events. Re­search­ing area­spe­cific politics was very in­trigu­ing and in­ter­est­ing. RICHA CHADHA, AC­TOR

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