“I woke up all of Chandni Chowk yelling abuses from the ter­race”

Af­ter giv­ing the men a run for their money in Gangs of Wassey­pur, Richa Chadda will make life tough for the boys in Fukrey

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Q. You are be­ing in­creas­ingly per­ceived as a feisty char­ac­ter. Your com­ments. A. Maybe be­cause of my chis­elled jaw­line, one gets the im­pres­sion that I am feisty. But in real life, I am re­ally peace­ful. I don’t eat meat. I am a hard­core be­liever in non- vi­o­lence. But the char­ac­ters I get to play are the ex­act op­po­site. Q. Tell us about your role as Bholi Pun­ja­ban in Fukrey. A. Bholi is a woman who con­trols the city from her den. She runs a prostitution ring and pi­rates films. She is a glamorous ver­sion of

Q. Did you bully the boys on the sets? A. No. In fact, the first few days, I was very re­served be­cause the boys— Pulkit Sam­rat, Varun Sharma, Man­jot Singh, Ali Fazal— had al­ready shot to­gether and shared a chem­istry. But I had lots of fun as I have only worked with very se­nior ac­tors like Manoj Ba­j­payee and Piyush Mishra be­fore. Q. How did you pre­pare for the role? A. I read what other

Sho­lay’s Gab­bar Singh. peo­ple said about my char­ac­ter in the script. One char­ac­ter says that she is bholi ( in­no­cent) only till she opens her mouth. For me, that is the ba­sis of my char­ac­ter. Q. What’s the cra­zi­est thing you did for the role? A. I got up at 4.30 a. m., reached the sets by 6 and woke up all of Chandni Chowk by yelling from the ter­race, “Dalli, Dalli, Haan Hun Main Dalli ( Pimp, Pimp, Yes I am a Pimp)”. I could ac­tu­ally see lights switch on in one house from the Q. Tell us about your forth­com­ing roles. A. In Ram Leela, San­jay Leela Bhansali gave me the most loving role ever. My char­ac­ter is sweet but can also be kadak ( strict). In Ta­manchey, I play an or­phan who ped­dles drugs to sur­vive. In Ishqe­ria, I am a shy girl con­scious of her looks who falls for a dream man ( Neil Nitin Mukesh). cor­ner of my eye. The cam­era was much lower so peo­ple couldn’t see it. All they saw was an abu­sive chick in a hoody.

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