Richa Chadda

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Richa Chadda
Richa Chadda in April 2013
Born Amritsar, Punjab, India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008—present

Richa Chadda is an Indian actress.[1] She made her Bollywood debut with the comedy-drama film Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008). She was praised for her performance in the 2012 crime films Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 and Part 2, for which she was awarded the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress.[2]

Early life[edit]

Chadda was born on 28 December 1988 [3] in Amritsar and brought up in Delhi, India, to a Punjabi Hindu father and a Bihari mother.[4][5] Her father owns a management firm and her mother is a professor at PGDAV College of Delhi University, who has authored two books and also works with Gandhi Smriti.[6][7] After completing her schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya in 2002, she graduated with a Bachelors in History from St. Stephen's College, Delhi. Chadda later went on to get a PG Diploma in Social Communication Media from Sophia College, Mumbai.


Chadda began her career as a model and then she moved to theater. She has performed plays touring in India and Pakistan. Later, she also received her training under Barry John.[8][9]


Chadda acted in the movie Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! as the character of Dolly. She was cast by Anurag Kashyap for his movies Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 and Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2 wherein she plays the pivotal character of Nagma Khatoon in the narrative. In the movie, she matured from 16 to 60 years of age. She got the name "Ms. Fire" for her spirited portrayal in the epic movie. The movie was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and the entire cast was present at the event. called it the Second Best Performance of the Year: "In a film packed with crazy characters stuffed to the gills with quirks and an ensemble throbbing with authentic, theatrical intensity, it takes some significant magic to stand out. Chaddha does so almost effortlessly in Anurag Kashyap's Gangs Of Wasseypur, right from its uneven Part One where she violently lambasts the menfolk around her till she gets into a position of control, and the madder Part Two, where she, as matriarch, controls the show. It is a firecracker of a performance, one that sets up Chaddha -- who was so thrilling in Oye Lucky Lucky Oye a few years ago -- as an actress with a tremendous amount to offer."[10]

Karan Anshuman of the Mumbai Mirror said "Richa Chadda essays the strongest and best role written for a woman in recent memory (yes Dirty Picture included) with a memorable performance. For me, Chadda and her character are the best thing about GoW". Khalid Muhammed said "Richa Chadda is first-rate, using her eyes and voice as sharp lethal weapons." Rajeev Masand said : "This film is a male bastion, but the women are unforgettable. Richa Chaddha sparkles as Sardar’s steely wife Nagma." [11]

Chadda won the Filmfare Best Actress (Critics) award in 2013. Of her performance it was said : "She had a cracking performance up her sleeve, one that nearly stole the show in GOW. Richa's control over her character’s emotions and the arc, going from a shy newly married girl to an iron handed matriarch, you thought her track was straight from the Godmother. The critics were swayed by her underplay and Richa took home her first Filmfare Award."

Chadda appears in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's epic movie Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, a Gujarati version of Romeo & Juliet, in which she plays the character of Raseela. The film was released on November 15, 2013.[12]

Chadda also appeared in Farhan Akhtar's Excel Entertainment movie Fukrey, where she plays the role of a female mafia don called Bholi Punjaban. The film was released in the Summer of 2013.[13]

Other projects[edit]

Chadda has worked with director Mira Nair in a short film that was scheduled for release in 2013.[14]

In 2014, she posed as a mermaid for a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ad campaign, encouraging people to avoid eating fish and to go vegetarian.[15]


Year Title Role Sources
2008 Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! Dolly
2010 Benny and Babloo Fedora
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1 Nagma Khatoon
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2
2013 Fukrey Bholi Punjaban
2013 Shorts[16] Unknown
2013 Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela Rasila
2014 Tamanchey Bablu Post-production
2014 Ghoomketu TBA Cameo appearance[17]
2015 Ishqeria TBA Filming[18]
2015 Jiah aur Jiah Jiah Venkataraman Filming[19]
2015 Main Aur Charles TBA Filming
2015 Aur Devdas Paro Filming

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Award Category Result
2013 Gangs of Wasseypur Filmfare Awards Best Actress (Critics) Won[20]
Best Supporting Actress Nominated[21]
Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated[22]
Stardust Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated[23]
Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female Nominated[24]


Year Title Role
2013 24 Cameo


  1. ^ "Injury won't keep Richa Chadha away from walkathon | NDTV". 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  2. ^ "'Barfi!' Sweeps India's Filmfare Awards - The Hollywood Reporter". 2013-01-21. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
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  4. ^ "Dating an actor is even worse, says Richa Chadda". 12/17/2013. 
  5. ^ "Interview with Richa Chadda". Times of India. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  6. ^ '+relativeTime_tweet(this.created_at)+' (2012-11-30). "Richa Chadda At Her Candid Best!". Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  7. ^ "Richa Chadda enjoying newfound fame". Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  8. ^ An Interview With Oye Lucky Lucky Oye’s Dolly - Richa Chadda
  9. ^ Times of India article on Richa Chadda
  10. ^ "Richa Chadda unknown facts and favourite things". 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  11. ^ "Masand: 'Gangs of Wasseypur' is a gripping film- Masand's Verdict- Reviews-IBNLive". 2012-06-23. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  12. ^ Stuti Agrawal, TNN Sep 21, 2012, 12.00AM IST (2012-09-21). "Richa Chadda’s garba act in Ram Leela". The Times of India. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  13. ^ "Fukrey: Richa Chadda all set to play a don- Bollywood- Movies News-IBNLive". 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  14. ^ Tushar Joshi, TNN Jul 1, 2012, 12.00AM IST (2012-07-01). "Richa Chadda goes international". The Times of India. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  15. ^ "Richa Chadda Turns Mermaid for PETA India," Times of India, 20 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Anurag Kashyap's next 'Shorts' - First Look". Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  17. ^ "I owe my career to Anurag Kashyap: Richa Chadda". Hindustan Times. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Ishqeria: Richa Chadda to romance Neil Nitin Mukesh". IBN Live. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  19. ^ Jha, Subhash K. "Richa and Kalki to play Jiah Aur Jiah". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  20. ^ "58th Idea Filmfare Awards nominations are here!". Filmfare. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "58th Idea Filmfare Awards nominations are here!". Filmfare. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Nominations of 19th Screen Awards". Screen India. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
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  24. ^ "Winners of Zee Cine Awards 2012". Bollywood Hungama. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 

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