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My character is based on Sonu Punjaban in 'Fukrey': Richa Chadda

Press Trust of India
May 09, 2013 at 03:58pm IST

New Delhi: After her critically acclaimed performance as Nagma Khatun in 'Gangs of Wasseypur', Richa Chadda is keen to cement her career by experimenting with challenging role in Bollywood.

Chadda, who earned praise in Anurag Kashyap's two-part crime saga, will next be seen playing a gangster in two of her upcoming movies --'Fukrey' and 'Tamanchey'.

Richa's aim is to follow the success of 'GOW' by taking on challenging roles rather than go the glamorous way.

My character is based on Sonu Punjaban in 'Fukrey': Richa Chadda

Richa's aim is to follow the success of 'GOW' by taking on challenging roles rather than go the glamorous way.

"Over the next ten years, my aim is to do roles that other people will turn down or be afraid of experimenting. I like doing different characters and people will get bored of me if I am doing only one kind of character and I will get bored too," Richa told PTI in an interview.

Starting her career with a supporting role in Dibakar Banerjee's 'Oye Lucky Lucky Oye', Richa surprised everyone with her range in Anurag Kashyap's film.

Though she was offered a lot of similar roles post the success of the film, Richa believes 'GOW' helped her establish as an actress with substance.

"After 'Gangs of Wasseypur' I was offered a lot of roles but they were not similar but what I am grateful for my whole life is that I got accepted as an actress.

"Normally, what happens is that you do item songs and glamorous roles first. I believe the trajectory should be about doing difficult scripts first and the glamorous roles will follow," Chadda said.

The actress, 26, is currently busy with three films; Mrighdeep Singh Lamba's 'Fukrey', Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Ram Leela' and 'Tamanchey'.

Out of her three films she is a playing a criminal girl in two of them though the actress admits that both the roles are different from each other.

"I am playing a local don in 'Fukrey'. There was a girl in Delhi, Sonu Punjaban. My character is loosely based on her. She got criminally active at a very early age. By the age of 20, she was known in entire North India."

Currently Chadda is working with ace director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and believes he is a genius. She says he keeps his actors on their toes and he questions their choices.

When asked about her experience with Kashyap she said, "He gives the actors a lot of freedom. He lets you evolve on your character on your own. He trusts his actors and he is very compassionate and ethical. He understands the limitations

of the medium.

"There is a scene in Wasseypur where I am supposed to be washing utensils. I had never done that before. Anurag actually sat down on the floor to explain that in villages they they wash utensils with ash. He gets into the actor's

space."

Her comedy film 'Fukrey' based on the lives of Delhi-based college students is slated to release on June 14.

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