Actress Richa Chadha says it is heartening to see actresses like Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar take on roles of older women on the big screen. When Richa was all of 24, she played a mother and a grandmother in the two-part "Gangs of Wasseypur" series which marked her breakthrough in Hindi films.
"I feel happy that today actresses are able to take on more diverse and challenging parts. I think it is fantastic because really, the age of the actors is here, the age of good content is here. The fact that there are actresses like Taapsee and Bhumi who are now playing older characters on-screen is pretty remarkable," Richa told IANS.
"Let's not go into whether they were the right cast because there was some debate about casting older actresses, but I am sure the filmmaker has a certain vision in mind for casting these two girls in Saand Ki Aankh. So I feel happy when actresses take chances with their reel life depiction. They are doing roles that are not considered glamorous in a conventional sense. Everyone has done it... From Deepika Padukone to Alia Bhatt, and I think it's a great phase for actresses in the industry," she added
In hindsight, she says Gangs of Wasseypur, which released seven years ago, was a mixed blessing for her when she played the role of a woman older than her real age.
"I was playing a mother to people who are much older on-screen... I thought I made a mistake because even when I was shooting for Gangs of Wasseypur, people started calling me with weird requests of casting, and I thought I would get stereotyped and my career would get finished. Everybody would only look at me through this character, and to some extent, this film, although it was great and acquired cult status and I became very popular and I owe my career to this film, it was a mixed blessing because there are some aspects of stereotyping that I still have to deal with and fight," Richa said.
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As for her upcoming projects, the actress is currently working on a mixed bouquet of films including Panga starring Kangana Ranaut and Punjabi pop star Jassi Gill in lead and Section 375, slated release on August 2, 2019, as well as web series Inside Edge 3 which will be streamed on Amazon Prime.