Richa Chadha was advised to date actors
Actor Richa Chadha says outsiders are often advised to date actors and cricketers to create an image at the beginning of their career. She was also advised to do the same but she refused. “When I came to the industry, one PR person told me, ‘Send a text message to this actor. Go on a date with him.’ And I said, ‘But he is married!’ then this person said, ‘Why didn't you send a message to this cricketer? It would have been good for your career, for your PR and public image,’” she says. She feels she “can't date anyone on a transactional basis,” and says, “That's why I have very few friends in the industry”. Though she made her debut with Dibakar Banerjee’s Oye Lucky Lucky Oye (2008), her breakthrough performance was Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur. Recalling her initial days, the 32-year-old actor says she managed all on her own without an entourage. “When I did Gangs... I didn't have a manager, a PR, or a stylist,” she says. For Richa, it’s these issues that outsiders face, since they have no one to get some sound advice from. “This is what people don’t understand about actors who come from outside. We don’t have anyone guiding us about these things. At least in the initial stage, there is no grooming, there are no advisers (to tell us don't do this, or do this, or that this film will get typecast, or this film will be good for you). You just make your own way here, so it takes time,” she adds. The actor, who stars in the recently released Jia Aur Jia, alongside actor Kalki Koechlin, feels that female actors need to have each other’s back to have longevity in the industry. “I can't keep talking about myself. If Sonam [Kapoor] is doing well, I have to compliment her, or if Kangana [Ranaut] is doing well, I must acknowledge it, to promote our category, that's how actresses will get longevity,” says Richa, and wishes that female actors realise that otherwise “fresh faces” will replace them.
Richa Chadha stars in the recent release Jia Aur Jia