Why Richa dis­likes the term ‘Fe­male­ori­ented’

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - FRONT PAGE -

With films such as Gangs of Wassey­pur (2012), Fukrey (2013), Mas­san (2015) and this year’s Love So­nia, ac­tor Richa Chadha has made a con­scious choice to por­tray stronger parts in films. But the ac­tor strongly de­spises the term “fe­ma­le­ori­ented” films and says the phrase will con­tinue to be rel­a­tively novel till such movies be­come a norm.

The 31-year-old ac­tor says she started hear­ing the term when Sridevi’s English Vinglish (2012) re­leased but adds that ac­tors from Nu­tan to Rani Muk­erji have been the face of their films from a long time.

“I never buy this ‘womenori­ented’ term. I don’t like it. I have been hear­ing this term since 2012 when English Vinglish was com­ing. I al­ways turn around and say ‘You never call the other things male-ori­ented’. But I guess it’ll be a thing, till it be­comes a norm,” says Richa, who will next be seen in a biopic on an adult star.

The ac­tor adds, “Be it Nu­tan, Nar­gis Sridevi or Rani (Muk­erji), these women have done films which they have car­ried on their shoul­ders com­pletely. There was an en­tire al­ter­nate cinema move­ment with Smita Patil, Sha­bana Azmi, Deepti Naval, Mita Vashisht and Neena Gupta... These are great ac­tresses and they have done some ex­cel­lent work.”

I never buy this ‘women­ori­ented’ term. I’ve been hear­ing this term since 2012 when English Vinglish was com­ing.

RICHA CHADHA AC­TOR

PHOTO: RAAJESSH KASHYAP/HT

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