Super excited about heading to Cannes with her first big role in Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur (GAW), newbie Richa Chadda isn’t letting her knee surgery deter her. She has been advised by her doctor not to wear heels or stand for too long, but she isn’t listening.
“I will wear heels on the red carpet, and flats off it. This is a dream for any actor and I will not let anything hinder this experience,” exclaims Richa, who injured a ligament in her knee last month after a 10-foot fall during a stunt scene for her next project, Tamanchey.
Though GAW is a story of two warring families, set against a political backdrop in Wasseypur, Bihar, Richa is thrilled about her meaty role. She says, “I play Manoj Bajpai’s wife, who transforms from a naïve village girl to a feared lioness who protects her family from harm.”
The film has been split into two parts, and Richa will be prominently seen in the first, which will narrate the tale from 1940 to 2012. “It was interesting to play someone who gets fascinated by refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, etc. It might not be a big deal for city dwellers, but in villages, it is an event to get a new appliance,” she adds.
After her debut in Oye Lucky Lucky Oye (2008), the actor is looking forward to this being her big break. She is all praise for her co-stars and director.
“Being a senior actor, Manoj could have finished his shots and gone to his van, but he was supportive and would give me cues for my lines. His support helped increase my confidence. I had auditioned for DevD (2009) for Paro’s role, but it didn’t work out. But Anurag said he’d work with me later. I thought he would forget, so imagine my surprise when I got a call for GAW.”