Chadda at Lakme Fashion Week, 2014
18 December 1988 |
Amritsar, Punjab, India
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Alma mater||St. Stephen's College, Delhi, Sophia College, Mumbai, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya|
Richa Chadda is an Indian actress who has repeatedly garnered accolades through her consistent portrayal of unconventional characters in what is often sighted as off-beat cinema. She made her bollywood debut in the comedy-drama film Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008). Inspite of favorable reviews in the debut film, her major breakthrough came only in 2012 with a two-part series crime film Gangs of Wasseypur. She was awarded the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress for her talent in the first installment of the same film.
Her foray into main-stream cinema began with a supporting role in the 2013 hit film Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela. Despite the relatively short screen time, she was nevertheless praised for the conspicuous presence she imposed. Furthering her prowess, she enjoyed critical acclaim and a standing ovation at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for her depiction of a girl in 'morality crisis' in the film Masaan (2015). The film has been sighted as a new milestone in her career and through it she is said to have created a niche for herself in the Hindi film industry.
Along side films,Richa who has nurtured her craft through theatre plays, went back to it, essaying a role of a married Delhi women in Trivial Disasters (2014). She claimed that doing plays are her way 'to improve as an actor'.
Reports indicated Chadda was born circa 1982 or circa 1987. She was brought up in Delhi, India, to a Punjabi Hindu father and a Bihari mother. 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. After completing her schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya in 2002, Richa 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.
Initial Struggles (2008-2012)
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. 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" and Komal Nahta from Koimoi stated that she lend[s] "fine support" in the film.
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. 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". Mansha Rastogi of Now Running said "Chadda brings a perfect blend of the strength and helplessness of a woman in the yesteryears". 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", and Taran Adarsh stated she "fetches dignity to her character". Chadda received a Filmfare Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category and won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress.
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". 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. The segment featuring Chadda, received mixed reviews from critics.
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]". Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com wrote "Richa Chadda doesn’t have a big role but she owns the scenes she walks in with her inbuilt fire". 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 NDTV.com 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", though Mohar Basu from Koimoi found Chadda "feisty and brilliant in the film". Chadda has worked with director Mira Nair in a Mexican-American anthology film Words with Gods which is directed by nine different directors. 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.
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." 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." The Hollywood Reporter stated "Devi (played by an understated, very self-possessed Richa Chadda), an educated and surprisingly independent young woman who tells the police she went to the rendezvous in the hotel “out of curiosity."
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." 
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 
Upcoming Projects (2016-)
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. Filming for Pooja Bhatt's Cabaret, featuring Chadda as the female lead, started in June 2015. Chadda has signed to play in the biopic Sarabjit Singh as the wife of Sarabjit.
Personal Life and Other Work
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. The same year, she walked the ramps of Lakme Fashion Week and performed in a play called Trivial Disasters. Although she appeared in PETA ads supporting vegetarianism, she opposed the beef ban in Indian state of Maharashtra.
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.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|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||Nagma Khatoon|
|2013||Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela||Rasila|
|2014||24: India (TV Series)||Sapna|
|2014||Words with Gods||Meghna||Meera Nair's Indo-Mexican-American project|
Premiered at 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Won FIPRESCI Prize
|2015||Main Aur Charles||Mira|
|2016||Chalk n Duster||Reporter||Cameo appearance|
|2016||Cabaret (upcoming film)||TBA||Filming|
Awards and nominations
|2013||Gangs of Wasseypur||Filmfare Awards||Best Actress (Critics)||Won|||
|Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|||
|Screen Awards||Best Supporting Actress|||
|Stardust Awards||Best Supporting Actress|||
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female|||
|2014||Fukrey||Screen Awards||Best Performance in a Comic Role||Won|||
|Star Guild Awards||Best Actor in a Negative Role||Nominated|||
|Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela||Star Guild Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role|||
|International Indian Film Academy Awards||Best Supporting Actress|||
|Screen Awards||Best Supporting Actress|||
|2015||Masaan (Fly Away Solo)||Stardust Awards||Editor's Choice Performer of the Year||Won|||
|BIG Star Entertainment Awards||BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor in a Social Role- Female||Nominated|||
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