Actor Richa Chadha, who is portraying the role of Sarabjit Singh’s wife Sukhpreet Kaur in the much-awaited Omung Kumar biopic on the Indian prisoner, is all set to throw light on a part of the entire struggle to bring Sarabjit back from a Lahore jail that had remained hidden from media glare so far.
The cast and crew of the movie has already started to gather in Amritsar. Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai, who plays Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur, is already in the city. Richa Chadda also landed in Amritsar on Thursday.
Amritsar-born Richa is not only excited to be back home to meet family and relatives but is also determined to justify the role of Sarabjit’s wife which she sees as a responsibility in her career. Curious to meet Sukhpreet, who lives in Bhikhiwind (40km from Amritsar), Chadda who claims to have read a lot about Sarabjit and his family says a lot will be clearer once she spends time with Sukhpreet.
SUKHPREET’S UNTOLD STORY
Richa said, “This biopic has three primary characters. Sarabjit (played by Randeep Hooda), Dalbir Kaur (Sarabjit’s sister played by Aishwarya) and Sukhpreet. Sukhpreet is one character not known to people but is important. Reading and knowing about her and what she went through made me curious but I won’t ask her intrusive questions.”
Talking about Aishwarya and her role, she said, “Aish is incredible and her role is pivotal as she plays Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir. I am really looking forward to work with her,” adding, “I play a beautiful character - Sukhpreet is quiet and gentle and thus it would be a challenge to play her. In this biopic, we have characters who are fighting for justice, but there is also a character like mine who is quiet and would emote through her silence.”
VERSATILITY IN BOLLYWOOD
The 27-year-old actor has brought uniqueness to every character she has played till date, ranging from the demure and long-suffering Devi Pathak in Masaan (2015) as well as the local gangster Bholi Punjaban in Fukrey (2013). So what has her journey been like so far?
“My journey has been quite experimental and I have taken many chances and this is evident from the roles I have played. My character in Gangs of Wasseypur, in Fukrey actually got me a lot of appreciation and encouragement to work harder. Even Sukhpreet is a character close to life. The industry receives versatile actors very well now and the best example for that would be Nawazuddin Siddiqui who has achieved immense stardom because of his talent,” says Richa, whose parents were teachers at the Guru Nanak Dev University.
“I have a strong connection with Amritsar. I am here for 15 days and I am going to try all the sumptuous delicacies and offer prayers at the Golden Temple. This shooting has given me a chance to meet close family and relatives,” says Richa.
ON HER CHARACTER
It is a huge responsibility to play her… it is a beautiful character. Sukhpreet is quiet and gentle and thus it would be a challenge to play her
ON AISHWARYA RAI
Aish is incredible and her role is pivotal as she plays Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir. I am really looking forward to work with her
The industry receives versatile actors very well now and the best example for that would be Nawazuddin Siddiqui who has achieved immense stardom because of his talent