Richa Chadha (right) recently spoke about her struggle with bulimia, and the actor was applauded for doing so. On the career front, the Masaan (2015) star’s latest release was Sarbjit, in which she played Randeep Hooda’s wife. However, the actor feels that her role in the movie deserved far more screen time. Here, Richa talks about her career, and the impact of social media.
Why do you think most actors keep quiet about issues like bulimia?
I disagree. Everyone speaks up today — whether it’s Deepika (Padukone), who spoke about depression, or Kalki (Koechlin), who spoke about abuse, or Sonakshi (Sinha) and Anushka (Sharma) talking about getting bullied. I admire my colleagues, and I think the time has come for everyone to speak out, share, and consequently, deal with issues. There may be a few who keep quiet, and I guess they do that because it’s not easy to make your fears public. It could also be because of certain invasive and tabloid-like media.
Do you feel social media has made things easier or worse, when it comes to verbalising such issues?
Only a small segment of my TEDx talk was about bulimia, but it went viral. In this case, social media has made things easier. The platform gives actors the opportunity to speak directly to people, and the message doesn’t get lost in translation. Trolls are inconsequential.
In most of your films, your characters have largely been termed ‘bold’. Do you think you may get typecast?
In my last three outings — Masaan, Main Aur Charles (2015) and Sarbjit — the roles have been of women who were stifled, are naive and are suffering. If people think these are bold parts, then maybe, I have to look up the meaning of the word ‘bold’ in the dictionary. Some oft-repeated terms just stick.
How tough has your journey in Bollywood been?
I have been blessed, but it has been extremely tough on my mind, body and soul. So, it’s an uphill climb still, I guess. But I trek onward with a smile, because I like adventure.