Richa Chadha on working with Kangana Ranaut in Panga: ‘Not necessary that you make friends on all sets’
While Richa has been a vocal supporter of the student-led protests against the controversial CAA-NRC bills, Kangana has sided with the government, and has often referred to the dissenters as members of the ‘tukde tukde gang’.
Richa told Pinkvilla in an interview, “I have known Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s style of working and thoroughly enjoyed my role. It was different from the recent roles I had done and I really liked the story and wanted to be a part of it.” About working with Kangana, Richa added, “Our synergy as actors worked well on-screen. We had a good time and it is not necessary that you make friends on all sets. At the end of the day, we are all here to give in our best.”
Kangana attracted controversy yet again during the publicity tour of Panga, when she slammed lawyer Indira Jaising for seeking a pardon for the accused in the December 12 Delhi gang rape case. She also said that had she been in Deepika Padukone’s place, she would not have stood in solidarity with the students of JNU.
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Richa continued, “It is not necessary that your wavelengths and thoughts match with everyone, but I am happy that man and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but on sets, we are professionals. But I am happy that many citizens who are aware have come forward to lead the protests and spark a revolution of sorts. It’s an onward journey from hereon.” Richa had previously been publicly called a ‘jobless actor’ by Kangana’s sister, Rangoli Chandel.
Panga was released to positive reviews but mediocre box office reception on January 24. Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari had previously said that she doesn’t hire actors based on their politics, but on the basis of their talent.
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