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Richa Pallod
Richa Pallod in 2016
Born (1980-08-30) 30 August 1980 (age 43)
  • Actress
  • model
  • voice artist
Years active2000–present
Himanshu Bajaj
(m. 2011)
Children1 son

Richa Pallod is an Indian model and actress who predominantly appears in Hindi films. Besides Hindi, she has been featured in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam language films. After appearing as a child artiste in Lamhe (1991), she appeared in an award-winning role in Nuvve Kavali (2000), her first film in Telugu.

Her most notable Hindi film include Yash Raj Films' Neal 'n' Nikki (2005). Her roles in Tamil films Shahjahan (2001) and Unakkum Enakkum (2006) are noted whilst she has also featured in Kannada and Malayalam language films.

Personal life[edit]

She married Himanshu Bajaj, sometime around 2011 and their son was born around 2013.


Richa Pallod made her entry into films with a minute role as a child artiste in the film Lamhe (1991) and Pardes (1997). She started modelling at the age of 16, has featured in over five hundred commercials and appeared in Falguni Pathak's music videos "Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi" and "Piya Se Mil Ke Aaye Nain".[1] Richa made her film debut in the Telugu film, Nuvve Kavali (2000), opposite Tarun, whom she had previously appeared with in a commercial shot by Rajiv Menon. The film, which portrayed love between two childhood friends in college, became a huge commercial success and won favourable reviews with claims that Richa "did not seem like a debutant" in her role.[2] Her performance in the film won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu.[3][4]

She made her debut in Tamil cinema, playing the lead role opposite Vijay in Shajahan. The film was appreciated by critics and Richa's performance was noted to have "done little good".[5] Her second Tamil film was Alli Arjuna, directed by noted film maker Saran featuring Manoj Bharathiraja. Richa played the role of an independent girl being romantically pursued by Manoj, but once again received unfavourable reviews with reviewers citing that "you do not feel for Richa".[6]

Her first Hindi film as a lead artiste was opposite Fardeen Khan in Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein, a critical and commercial failure. Richa claimed that the lack of promotion of the project might have been the reason for the dull response towards the film. Her subsequent Hindi films within the next two years, including two films opposite actor Rakesh Bapat, were low-budget projects and did not fare well at the box office. Similarly, her projects in Kannada, Cheppale and Jootata, opposite Sameer Dattani also failed commercially, with reviews criticising Richa's performance in the latter.[7] Richa went on to appear in Yash Raj Films' Neal 'n' Nikki, featuring Uday Chopra and Tanishaa Mukerji, playing the role of Sweety.[8][9] After several of her previous ventures failed to succeed, Richa appeared in a supporting role in Unakkum Enakkum (2006).[10]

Richa went on to claim that poor public relations and lack of promotion led to her disappearance from films before returning in 2009, with her first appearance in a Malayalam film in the Mammootty-starrer, Daddy Cool. Playing the role of Annie Simon, mother of an eight-year-old, her role won critical acclaim and the film was a commercial success.[11][12] In 2010, she appeared in the Telugu language film, Inkosaari alongside Raja and Manjari Phadnis. However, the film failed to succeed commercially as it was released alongside the hit film, Ye Maaya Chesaave, which went on to attract more viewers.[13] Towards the end of her career as a lead actress, Richa featured in the making of two low-budget unreleased Tamil films, Nalvaravu and Kadhal Kalvan. In 2011, she was chosen to be one of the Hindi-dubbing artistes for the Hindi dubbed version of the Hollywood film, X-Men: First Class, when it was released in theatres, shortly after its North American release, dubbing for Rose Byrne's role as Moira MacTaggert.[14]

Richa took a sabbatical from acting for a few years after her wedding, before appearing in Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka / Malupu (2015) in a supporting role.[15]



Year Film Role language Notes
1991 Lamhe Pooja Hindi Child artist
1997 Pardes Child artist
2000 Nuvve Kavali Madhu Telugu Won - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2001 Chirujallu Radhika
Prematho Raa Cameo appearance
Shahjahan Maha Tamil
2002 Alli Arjuna Savithri
Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein Mangala Solanki Hindi
Holi Sandhya Telugu
Naa Manasistha Raa Seershika
2003 Tumse Milke Wrong Number Mahi Mathur Hindi
Kadhal Kirukkan Maha Tamil
2004 Agnipankh Surbhi Hindi
Kaun Hai Jo Sapno Mein Aaya Mahek
Chappale Priya Kannada
2005 Pellam Pichodu Priya Telugu
Neal 'n' Nikki Sweety Hindi
Jootata Nandini Kannada
2006 Something Something ... Unakkum Enakkum Lalitha Tamil
2008 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Dance Instructor Hindi
2009 Daddy Cool Annie Simon Malayalam
2010 Inkosaari Deepa Telugu
2011 Tell Me O Khuda Hindi
2015 Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka Priya Tamil
2016 Malupu Telugu


Year Series Role language
2012 Ramleela – Ajay Devgn Ke Saath Sita Hindi
2018 Khan No.1 [16] Tarini Bhatt Hindi
2020 Laal Ishq - Episode 210 Pisachini Kaya Hindi

Web series[edit]

Year Series Role language Network Notes
2020 Your Honor Indu Samthar Hindi Sony Liv [17]


  1. ^ The Sunday Tribune – Spectrum. The Tribune. (22 August 2004). Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  2. ^ rediff.com, Movies: The Rediff Review: Nuvve Kavali. Rediff.com (7 December 2000). Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Glitzy Filmfare awards nite in Hyderabad". The Times of India.
  4. ^ "Vishnuvardhan, Sudharani win Filmfare awards". The Times of India.
  5. ^ Shahjahan[usurped]. The Hindu. 23 November 2001
  6. ^ rediff.com, Movies: The review of Alli Arjuna. Rediff.com (15 February 2002). Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  7. ^ MLN (30 August 2009). "Richa and R.P. in Kannada film". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Archived from the original on 1 September 2004. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  8. ^ The surprise package of Neal N Nikki. Sify.com (6 December 2005). Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  9. ^ Neal 'n' Nikki (2005) | Movie Review, Trailers, Music Videos, Songs, Wallpapers. Bollywood Hungama (9 December 2005). Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  10. ^ Richa plays Trisha’s friend. Sify.com (27 January 2006). Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  11. ^ George, Vijay (7 August 2009). "Model mother". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Archived from the original on 5 June 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  12. ^ "Richa is back!". The Times of India. 20 November 2009. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012.
  13. ^ Inkosari Telugu Movie Review. IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  14. ^ "TV actors turn X-Men! - indya.com". indya.com. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  15. ^ Rao, Subha J. (17 June 2015). "Richa Pallod logging in to Kollywood again". The Hindu.
  16. ^ "Rohan Sippy to make directorial debut on television". Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Info". sonyliv.com. Archived from the original on 21 June 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.

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