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The actress recently shot for an item song composed by RDB in Akshay Chaubey’s untitled directorial venture
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; August 14, 2012)
After portraying de-glam roles in all the three feature films she has appeared in so far, Richa Chadda did what she has never attempted before. She recently shot for an item song composed by the British Punjabi band RDB in Akshay Chaubey’s untitled directorial venture.
With an acting career that has her playing characters way too older than her actual age, she found the whole experience a welcome change from her usual drama-driven act. And she enjoyed it thoroughly as well!
Speaking about her experience, Richa explains why she opted for an item number, “I agreed to the song only because Akshay asked me to. Also, he’s one of the very few in the industry who knows that I can dance. The pub-type number was catchy and I learned my moves within a couple of hours when the choreographer had scheduled an eight-hour shift to teach me the whole thing!”
Incidentally, Akshay and Richa go back a long way. The debutant director who assisted Dibakar Banerjee during the making of Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! is also a friend of the actress’ brother and has known her for quite a long time now. Both hail from New Delhi and even the song is set in the neighbourhood that the two grew up in.
Mira Nair’s signed her up for a short film, also featuring Ben Kingsley
Tushar Joshi (BOMBAY TIMES; July 1, 2012)
Mira Nair has signed up Richa Chadda, who made her debut with Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! for a short film, which will be showcased at international film festivals. The actress, last seen in a rustic role in Anurag Kashyap’s latest gangster flick Gangs Of Wasseypur, will play an urban, Mumbai-based character this time. Confirming the news, Richa says, “I got a call from her casting director and couldn’t believe that Mira Nair had shown interest in me. Later on I learnt that she’d watched both my films before casting me.”
Richa adds that her background in theatre will be of “tremendous help” to her for this film. She says, “I’ll draw from my experience for Mira’s film. I was seen wearing Bata chappals and cotton saris in my last film, but this time it’ll be a different look altogether. It’s a short film, which is part of an ensemble of other stories. My story revolves around an Indian family, and I play a Mumbai-based girl. I am taking help from my friends in the city to take me around and they’re giving me interesting anecdotes.”
Talking about her interaction with Nair, she adds, “Despite her prolific body of work, Mira is so grounded. I am looking forward to working on the film.” Hollywood actor Ben Kingsley is also part of the project.
Chaya Unnikrishnan (DNA; June 29, 2012)
Actress Richa Chadda even in her wildest dreams hadn’t thought that her Nagma Khatoon will turn out to be the talk-of-the-town. We are talking about Gangs of Wasseypur that is gathering critical acclaim and Richa, whose portrayal of Nagma, a strong character in the male-dominated movie has got everyone sit up and take notice. Though the film has chauvinistic undertones, Richa has managed to emerge as a feisty woman, who stands on her own. “The film is patriarchal and is based on real incidents. I also thought it was chauvinistic but if you see, even though Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) is ruthless and powerful he is scared of both his wives Nagma and Durga (Reemma Sen)!,” informs Richa, who has essayed a woman much older than her age.
The film has got her two international offers, one from a Berlin-Indo production house and one based out of New York. While she is keen to take up the former, she is wary of being a part of the latter because it involves some nude scenes. “I am not comfortable with that,” she reveals. Meanwhile,Bollywood producers too are keen to have her in their films. Two days ago, she had three film offers and what has got her excited are that they include a romcom, a masala entertainer and one alternative cinema. “I am happy that I am getting a variety as I don’t want to be stuck in one genre,” says Richa, who had made her debut with filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee’s Oye Lucky Lucky Oye “After that film, though I got a More >
A motley group of women writers in Bollywood give their male counterparts a tip or two on the new rules of scriptwriting
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; June 25, 2012)
What’s common between Agneepath, Vicky Donor and Shanghai? Other than the fact that they released this year and had strong male characters, all three were written by female screenwriters.
Given the longstanding tradition of employing male writers who took care of the story, dialogues and lyrics, it’s a pleasant shift from the usual track for Bollywood. Interestingly, however, none of the emerging ladies are prepared to point a finger at the industry. They’d rather welcome the change…
Urmi Juvekar After coming up with a heralded script like Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Urmi Juvekar went a step ahead and created Shanghai (both directed by Dibakar Banerjee). While penning a story, Urmi reveals that she keeps reminding herself that she’s a screenwriter first — not a novelist. “The role of a screenwriter is peculiarly different from a fiction writer. We are writing for a picture and words tend to change the image in my head to some other image when it enters the director’s head.” On being asked whether writers are given due credit in Bollywood, Urmi poses, “As long as we are getting paid, there shouldn’t be any issue. Anyway, do you care to know who the editor or the cinematographer of the film is? Nahi na? Then why bother with credit for writers only?”
Ila Bedi Datta Although Ila Bedi Datta has been actively involved in More >
Richa Chadda reveals that the director went with his instinct by casting her in their upcoming film ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; June 19, 2012)
There are few actresses in the Hindi film industry who truly mean it when they claim to have the patience to wait for a good role. Richa Chadda is surely one of them.
Nearly four years ago, she made her debut in the National Award-winning Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! as Neetu Chandra’s sensuous sister, it was apparent that the audience would be seeing more of her in the future. Somehow that didn’t materialise.
In fact, we are yet to see her star in her second film. But thankfully her prolonged wait will end very soon. In a freewheeling chat, the actress tells us why she went obscure for quite a long while…
You had an accident last month during a shoot, what’s the news on that front? I had a knee injury while shooting an action sequence but I’m perfectly fine now. I even went to Cannes for my film Gangs Of Wasseypur’s premiere a few days later following the accident. But I made sure I followed my doctor’s tips.
How was your experience at the film festival? Wonderful! Loved every single minute of my stay there. By the way, I was hoping to bump into Johnny Depp. He’s simply delicious!
Did that happen? No. (grins)
It’s been a while since your debut film, what were you up to in the meantime? Soon after Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, I turned my attention to theatre and also signed up for Anurag Kashyap’s epic project at the same More >
Bohemian Sneha Khanwalkar is trippin’ on the new sound of Bollywood
Anand Holla (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 17, 2012)
For cinema that yearns for romantic ballads, Sneha Khanwalkar, the composer of Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur is a renegade. “The only bona fide love song I’ve done is ironically titled Keh Ke Loonga,” she says. The song, a coarsely-worded revenge anthem, is as far as Sneha can stretch her soundscape to accommodate a romantic number. “If you alter the lyrics and the mood, it could become a love song,” the sprightly 29-year-old reasons.
After she scored the clutter-breaking Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and the unconventional Love Sex Aur Dhokha, this sound tripper lays bare her free-spiritedness with the rustic Gangs of Wasseypur. “I never try to be literal about the emotion in my music. So when I put tune to a ringing thought of manic retribution, I say it like a love song,” she says, tossing her tresses.
Bohemian as Sneha’s approach to Bollywood music is, it is far from the rebellion it can be mistaken for. She says, “Neither have I tried to be niche nor do I strive to be different. I am open to composing across genres. But this is my voice. I have never been a conventional musician and hence my unconventional sound.”
Though she didn’t formally learn music at Indore, where she completed her schooling before moving to Mumbai a decade ago, Sneha was swamped with strains of Hindustani classical music. Her maternal family from the Gwalior gharana gathered to perform More >
More B-Town filmmakers are setting and shooting their flicks in the country’s capital. BT analyses the trend
Tushar Joshi (BOMBAY TIMES; May 19, 2012)
The Hindi film industry is in Mumbai. Actors and filmmakers live here and have offices in the city. Even the studios are all here. So why are more and more Hindi films now being set and shot in Delhi? The country’s capital is not only the newest destination to shoot films, but script writers are setting their stories in the alleys and nukkads of the city. The Delhi-friendly wave began with Dibakar Banerjee’s Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006), about a middle class man from Delhi. The film was a commercial and critical success, and its main attraction was the city. The latest in the line of shot-in-Delhi films is Vicky Donor.
Born in Dilli Credit for bringing Delhi in our films goes to filmmakers and writers from that city, who have made careers in B-Town. Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra (Delhi 6, Rang De Basanti) is a Delhi boy who went on to make films set in the city. Mehra says, “I am a Delhi boy and all my stories are somehow influenced by events from my youth. Rang De Basanti was set in Delhi and so was Delhi 6, which is actually a post code of a certain area in the state. My next, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, is also set in Delhi. Since I belong to that area, I can relate to the stories and tell them to my audience.” Shoojit Sircar (director, Vicky Donor) adds, “I lived in Delhi for 15 years and I’m in love with the city and its culture. More >
Abhay Deol on his transformation from being a Punjabi munda to playing a traditional Tamilian in the upcoming Shanghai
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; May 5, 2012)
Clearly there’s no seven-year itch as far as Abhay Deol is concerned. In the years gone by, the 36-year-old actor has become one of the most respected actors on the marquee. After playing safe initially with lover-boy roles in Socha Na Tha, Ahista Ahista and Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, he took giant strides into off-beat cinema and broke stereotypes in Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, Manorama Six Feet Under, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, the avant-garde Dev.D and the super-successful Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, getting accolades for every avatar. His Tamilian act in Shanghai will take him a few notches higher. After all, it isn’t everyday that a Punjabi munda slips seamlessly into a white dhoti and delivers a cool-as-a-cucumber performance in a hard-hitting film.
What was your first reaction when Dibakar Banerjee asked you to play TA Krishnan, a Tamilian, in Shanghai? My first reaction was one of denial. I was like, ‘Are you all right? What is it? Does no other decent actor want to play the role?’
Then why did you relent? Dibakar is one filmmaker I’m happy working with even without him giving me a script narration. I trust him implicitly. In fact, after we did Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, he did Love, Sex Aur Dhoka and had no role for me. I hoped he has a role for me in his next film at least.
So tell me about Mr Krishnan. Well he is More >
Richa Chadda was shooting a chase scene when she injured herself on the sets of her next, leading to the shoot coming to an abrupt halt
By Mauli Singh (MID-DAY; April 27, 2012)
It seems quite a lot of Bollywood actors lately have become victims of injuries sustained on the sets. The latest actor to join the bandwagon is Richa Chadda.
The Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! girl, while shooting a stunt scene for her upcoming film Tamanchey, met with an accident recently on the sets. Richa has been advised bed rest for a month and is currently recuperating at home, causing a delay in the film’s shoot schedule.
We learnt that the starlet is scheduled to undergo a knee surgery tomorrow. A source from the crew reveals, “On the first day of the third schedule, Richa was shooting a chase scene when she suddenly slipped and injured her knee.
She took some painkillers and finished the shoot for the day. It was only when she reached home that she realised it was really bad.” The source adds, “Since she needed complete bed rest, she has gone to Delhi to be taken care of by her family.
Richa is in a lot of pain but her spirits are still high. She is catching up with all her school and college friends who have been giving her loads of books to read and films to watch.”
The shoot is apparently on hold due to the mishap. On whether it has caused a delay, director Bharat Ratan says, “We had to stop the shoot but we are utilising the time to edit the portions we shot earlier.”
A TV show, anchored by music director Sneha Kanwalkar, will do just that
Roshni K Olivera (BOMBAY TIMES; April 13, 2012)
For a change, here’s an original show on Indian television. We are talking about an upcoming show that will see well-known music director Sneha Kanwalkar venture boldly into the lesser-known India, backpack and recorder in tow, in relentless pursuit of authentic sound. Why sound? Because nothing captures the essence of a community better than its local sounds, she says.
The show — Intel MTV Sound Trippin, partnered by Woodland — will see Sneha traverse through lesser known territories, ranging from the north to the far east to places down South. “I am a sound and vocal freak and I’m ecstatic to be part of something different and create sound and transform it to music,” says Sneha.
The show will showcase Punjab’s Kila Raipur for the 76th Rural Olympics, a three-day rural sports festival where competitors from around the globe participate in adrenaline-pumping races involving bullocks, camels, dogs, mules and other animals. The place provided sounds of all sorts and much more as Sneha also met rustic vocalists the Noora sisters, Jyoti and Sultana. The sisters are from a dynasty of talented singers who worked with Sneha during the composition of the song Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!
Sneha then travelled to a cricket gear factory in Jalandhar and Yellapur in Karnataka, which the Sidi tribe (who are of African descent) made their home 400 years ago. The quest for More >