Richa Chadda

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Richa Chadda
Richa Chadda LFW.jpg
Chadda at Lakme Fashion Week, 2014
Born (1986-12-18) 18 December 1986 (age 29)[1][2]
Amritsar, Punjab, India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Richa Chadha[3]
Alma mater St. Stephen's College, Delhi, Sophia College, Mumbai, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008–present

Richa Chadda is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films. After debuting with a bit role in the comedy film Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008), she worked as a supporting actress in several films.[4] Her major breakthrough was a supporting role in the film noir gangster saga Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), where her role as the bellicose and extremely foul-tongued wife of a gangster earned her a Filmfare award.[5] Her sole foray into mainstream cinema has been as a supporting character in Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (2013).

In 2015, Chadda made her debut in a leading role with the drama Masaan, playing a girl caught in a blackmail situation after indulging in casual sex. The film got a 'standing ovation' when screened at the Cannes film festival.[6] The film has been cited as a milestone in Chadda's career and through it she is said to have created a niche for herself in the Hindi film industry.[7] Chadda has also worked in theatre, essaying the role of a married Delhi-based women in Trivial Disasters (2014).

In May 2016, Chadda revealed in an interview to NDTV that she had suffered from bulimia (an eating disorder) for several years, and that she had recovered after seeking professional help from a clinical psychiatrist.[citation needed] Attributing her eating disorder to patriarchy, misogyny and the prevalence of the 'male gaze' in the field of entertainment, she exhorted other women to go public with their own (patriarchy-induced) eating and mental disorders and called for the destruction of 'ways of thinking' which oppressed women.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Chadda was born on 18 December 1986[1][2] to a Punjabi Hindu father and a Bihari mother.[8][9] 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.[10][11]

Chadda was brought up in Delhi, India. After completing her schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya in 2002, she took a 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.[12][13]

Initial struggles (2008-2012)[edit]

Chadda made her acting debut in a supporting role as Dolly in Dibakar Banerjee-directed 2008 film Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!. Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN described her as a "revelation " in the film.[14] She appeared in the 2010 comedy film Benny and Babloo as Fedora. Taran Adarsh reviewing for Bollywood Hungama stated that Chadda "stand[s] out with confident portrayal"[15] and Komal Nahta from Koimoi stated that she lend[s] "fine support" in the film.[16]

Breakthrough (2012)[edit]

In 2012, she did a pivotal role in Anurag Kashyap's crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1. The plot (spanning 50 years) tells a story of power struggles, politics and vengeance among three crime families. She stated in an interview that this role as 'Nagma Khatoon' helped her get 11 film roles.[17] The film premiered at the 65th Cannes Film Festival and she was universally praised for her performance. Taran Adrash found Chadda "simply brilliant from the very inception".[18] Mansha Rastogi of Now Running said "Chadda brings a perfect blend of the strength and helplessness of a woman in the yesteryears".[19] She reprised her role as Nagma Khatoon in the sequel Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2. The film premiered in the Cannes Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival with its prequel. According to Madhureeta Mukherjee of The Times of India "Chadda holds fort in the sequel too, strong and poised, she's fab",[20] and Taran Adarsh stated she "fetches dignity to her character".[21] Chadda received a Filmfare Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category[22] and won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress.[23]

Recognition (2013-2015)[edit]

Chadda's first release of 2013 came in the Mrighdeep Singh Lamba-directed coming of age comedy film Fukrey, in which she portrayed a tough-talking female don Bholi Punjaban. Taran Adarsh wrote "Richa Chadda is in terrific form and from her introduction itself, the graph of the film steers Northwards".[24] She then appeared in one of the segments in the Anurag Kashyap-produced anthology film Shorts titled "Epilogue". Chadha and Shirvastav play a dysfunctional couple who seem extremely unhappy with each other.[25] The segment featuring Chadda, received mixed reviews from critics.[26]

Chadda next appeared in a supporting role as Rasila in Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed drama film Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, an adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Meena Iyer of The Times of India said "You have to applaud Richa Chadda ... for being the talent [she is]".[27] Sukanya Verma of wrote "Richa Chadda doesn’t have a big role but she owns the scenes she walks in with her inbuilt fire".[28] She received a nomination in IIFA Best Supporting Actress category for the role.

Chadda next appeared in Navneet Behal-directed 2014 film Tamanchey in the role of Babu, a criminal. Chadda's role received mixed reviews, being compared to her earlier works. Saibal Chatterjee reviewing for criticized: "Chadda, coming off a string of well-received screen performances, is completely off-colour here. There is far less meat in the role than she imagines",[29] though Mohar Basu from Koimoi found Chadda "feisty and brilliant in the film".[30] Chadda has worked with director Mira Nair in a Mexican-American anthology film Words with Gods which is directed by nine different directors.[31][32] Chadda plays the role of Meghna in the segment titled "God Room". It was screened out of competition at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.[33]

Masaan (Fly Away Solo) was appreciated at 2015 Cannes Film Festival and won two prestigious awards. NDTV's Saibal Chatterjee gave Masaan(2015) 4.5 stars, saying "Richa Chadha inhabits not just the body of Devi Pathak, but her entire soul. The result is as powerful a screen heroine as any we have seen in years."[34] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN, said- "Masaan is a deeply affecting film that is brought to life by its remarkable cast, particularly Sanjay Mishra, Richa Chadha and terrific new-find Vicky Kaushal."[35]

Richa Chadda talks about ‘HER’ kind of cinema after Masaan release- "People ask me what kind of cinema I ‘represent’, don’t know the answer to that. All I know is that I want to be a part of change in Indian cinema. Just a tiny dent." [36]

After a massive appreciation for Masaan, her next movie was a biopic of Charles Sobhraj, Main Aur Charles. She played a role of Charles’ girlfriend. Being a law student, she defended Charles in legal proceedings as she tries to convince police how misunderstood the criminal Sobhraj really is. Her blind love and faith is well captured in her adamant expressions and lines. "He (Charles) can escape but no one can escape him," she says [37]

Upcoming projects (2016-)[edit]

Richa Chadda is currently filming for Sudhir Mishra's version of the Devdas saga, entitled Aur Devdas as Paro and Aditi Rao Hydari's Chadramukhi.[38] Filming for Pooja Bhatt's Cabaret, featuring Chadda as the female lead, started in June 2015.[39] Chadda plays role of Sarabjit's wife in the biopic Sarabjit Singh (2016).[40]

Modeling and endorsements[edit]

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.[41] The same year, she walked the ramps of Lakme Fashion Week[42] and performed in a play called Trivial Disasters.[43] Although she appeared in PETA ads supporting vegetarianism, she opposed the beef ban in Indian state of Maharashtra.[44]

In 2015, Richa Chadda represented India at the 18th Marrakech International Film Festival. The festival representatives invited her as a Jury member alongside Hollywood film-maker and screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola, the president of the Marrakech Film Festival.

She had also done advertisements for Minute Maid, Tata Sky, Archies Gallery, Virgin Mobile and Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate.[45]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! Dolly
2010 Benny and Babloo Fedora
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1 Nagma Khatoon Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2
2013 Fukrey Bholi Punjaban
2013 Shorts Girlfriend
2013 Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela Rasila Sanera
2014 Tamanchey Babu
2014 24 Sapna TV series
Cameo appearance
2014 Words with Gods Meghna Indian-Mexican-American film
2015 Masaan Devi Pathak Indian-French film[46]
2015 Main Aur Charles Mira Sharma
2016 Chalk n Duster Reporter Cameo appearance
2016 Sarbjit Sukhpreet
2016 Aur Devdas Film has yet to be released Paro Post-production[47]
2016 Cabaret Film has yet to be released TBA Filming[48]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Award Category Result Ref
2013 Gangs of Wasseypur Filmfare Awards Best Actress (Critics) Won [23]
Best Supporting Actress Nominated [22]
Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress [49]
Stardust Awards Best Supporting Actress [50]
Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female [51]
2014 Fukrey Screen Awards Best Performance in a Comic Role Won [52]
Star Guild Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role Nominated [53]
Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela Star Guild Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role [53]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress [54]
Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress [55]
2015 Masaan (Fly Away Solo) Stardust Awards Editor's Choice Performer of the Year Won [56]


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