Women’s problems cannot be solved by selfie: Richa Chadha on PM Modi’s selfie with daughter campaign

Richa Chadha feels problems faced by women cannot be solved by "selfie or anything like that."

By: PTI | Bengaluru | Updated: July 20, 2015 4:24 pm
Richa Chadha, actress Richa Chadha, Richa Chadha movies, Richa Chadha masaan, masaan, Richa Chadha upcoming movies, entertainment news Richa Chadha has termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “selfie with daughter” campaign as sweet, but feels problems faced by women cannot be solved by “selfie or anything like that.”

Actress Richa Chadha has termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “selfie with daughter” campaign as sweet, but feels problems faced by women cannot be solved by “selfie or anything like that.”

“It was a sweet initiative: was a good initiative… there is no harm, but I thought it is an urban initiative … the initiative is meant for those who have smart phones with them,” Richa Chadha told PTI in an interview.

“The problems of the female – dowry, sexual harassment, eve teasing and others – cannot be solved by selfie or anything like that,” she said.

Richa, along with Vicky Kaushal, Shwetha Tripathi and director Neeraj Ghaywan, was in the city to promote ‘Masaan’, which is slated to release on July 24 in the country.  ‘Massan’ portrays the relationship between father and daughter amid troubled times.

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Asked about Bollywood films on father-daughter relationship she liked the most and how these were different from “Masaan”, Richa said “Mili” and “Daddy” were two films that portrayed father-daughter relationship in a beautiful way.

“There is a very nice film called Mili – Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan were in it. It is quite a beautiful film … Mahesh Bhatt’s “Daddy” is also very nice which spoke about the problem of addiction. The portrayal of father-daughter relationship is very nice,” she said.

However, these two films are altogether different from “Masaan” – the father here is not at all supportive and rude to the character of Devi she is playing in the film, she said.

“In my film the father is not at all supportive. He is not nice to her at all; he is rude to her, though it is justifiable from the point of view of which society he comes from,” she said.

“It is different because the story is set in the cultural context of Banaras, a city which is very religious in its character. The father’s expectations of his daughter are very high. The weight of Maryada (dignity) is borne by the woman so, in that it is very different,” she said.

She is also doing a film with Excel Entertainment.

“…It will start next year. They are still finalising the cast. It is about a guy who is a pathological liar, and the woman falls for him. I am playing a regular role,” she said.

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  1. A
    Jul 19, 2015 at 8:01 pm
    Modi never said that selfies will solve problems of women in India. Selfies with daughters the love and affection that we shower on our daughters. That act in itself has meaning in India where mostly male children are adored.
    1. K
      Jul 20, 2015 at 8:37 pm
      Every journey starts with the first step. The first step in my mind to solving for the unbearable state of women in India is to make people feel women as human as men. Who else to bring about the love and affection towards women than a father depicting and cherishing the relationship of father and daughter.
      1. B
        baba thugdev
        Jul 19, 2015 at 7:27 pm
        well said Ms Chadhdha. I am going to watch your movies.
        1. D
          Jul 20, 2015 at 2:50 am
          It won't be solved by selfies, but presumably by watching her film! That's what one calls a duh moment. Rome wasn't built in a day, and gender sensitisation will take its own time as well. The selfie movement was a good start.
          1. R
            Rangaesh Gadasalli
            Jul 20, 2015 at 12:16 am
            I am sorry to say this aspiring actress is off the mark in her comments. what did the PM say during his first address to the nation? He asked the parents why dont the control the behavior of their sons and wh they give them always the free p while asking Daughter many questions like why did you come late? etc etc. No PM did this before.The toilet issue and privacy issue for women was made fun off by many and many states have constructed lakhs of toilets in rural areas. Selfie is only a display of love of daughter and daddy towards each other. Bollywood had come out with a movie with Amri khan and Manisha koirala that showed how much the father took care of his son and fought to get control against actress /ex wife who was dictating terms. Bollywood, sorry to say has not done much to show case the plight of women. Mary Kom was a good one. Please be careful in minimizing the govt role in women's issues.
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