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Unlike her street-smart,nervy gangster ‘Bholi Punjaban’ character in Fukrey,actor Richa Chadda says she is a completely different person off screen.

Written by Rohan Swamy | Pune |
June 20, 2013 12:09:49 am

Unlike her street-smart,nervy gangster ‘Bholi Punjaban’ character in Fukrey,actor Richa Chadda says she is a completely different person off screen. But she does not see it at all to her disadvantage,rather,she says,it has contributed to the success of her character in the film,which released on Friday. Chadda,who was in the city on Tuesday to promote the film along with its cast,has already garnered rave reviews for her performance. A lot like her characters in Gangs of Wasseypur and Oye Lucky Lucky Oye,this film too has her portraying “a strong female character.”

“There are no shades of grey in Bholi’s character in Fukrey. Clearly,she has lived a street life and it reflects in her personality. She is mean,evil and will not think twice before using others as a step to move ahead in life,” says Chadda,adding,“If you took Nagma Khatoon’s case (in Gangs of Wasseypur),you will empathise with her because she has seen so much in her life. Bholi is just evil. She is all black and greedy. Perhaps that new edge to her character is what people liked. That is the reason I came on board,since it offered me a chance to explore a new dimension to my own acting,” says the actor.

Chadda adds that shooting for the film was a laugh riot. “The whole team was fun and since we all gelled off screen as well,the acting on screen appears spontaneous,” she says.

Bholi’s larger-than-life attitude is another reason that Chadda attributes to the success of the character. However,with success comes the problem of being typecast. When asked about it,she says,“The roles are different. They might look similar but they are not. The only thing is they are all headstrong. That perhaps is the connecting link.”

With four of her films releasing this year and five other projects in the pipeline,Chadda is sitting pretty and happy with the way things are progressing. Talking about the city of Pune,she says that coming here to promote a film is a different feeling.

“I remember I used to sneak out here from Mumbai,to come to German Bakery,walk on the boulevards in Koregaon Park with the pretty bungalows all around,and stay with friends at the Film and Television Institute of India. So there are memories of a happy past here. I would like to come back here and roam the streets without a care for anything. And I will do so soon,” she says.

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