Richa Chadha enjoys attending film festivals. For her, they are important because “films are awarded and appreciated” at these events. She also feels that being showcased at big festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival helps with the distribution of movies.
“They definitely provide exposure. I was invited to be on the jury at Morocco’s Marrakech International Film Festival. It is unusual for someone in my age group or with my kind of experience. So, I think it was only because I attended Cannes last year,” she says.
At a masterclass at the recently concluded Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, which was held in Australia, Richa spoke about women in Bollywood. The actor says, “I don’t want women in Bollywood to be thought of as a different category. For that, society needs to change its perception of women. Bollywood is one part of society. I enjoyed the masterclass because I like talking to people. Some issues are the same no matter where you live in the world. It was great that I got an opportunity to interact with people on such a platform.”
Richa was also excited about showcasing a short film that she had produced. But she didn’t think it was challenging. “I produced it for a friend who needed help. The subject was good and I helped out. I think what Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma are doing while managing their respective acting careers is harder,” she says.