Richa Chadha was ad­vised to date ac­tors

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - PTI

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

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