A few weeks back she was seen in Masaan. While the film won all around critical acclaim, Richa Chadda too had everyone rooting for her performance. In a realistic set up, Richa impressed, and how. Now in Main Aur Charles, she isn being seen in an altogether different set up. A stylized account of Charles Sobhraj’s life is being narrated on screen by director Prawaal Raman and Richa (as a law student) is playing one of the many girlfriends that the central protagonist boasted of. Over to Richa.
With you around, it is pretty much expected that you would bring on a seductive and mysterious element into play. Guess that forms an inherent part of your characterization in Main Aur Charles too?
Did you say seductive and mysterious? Well, you have seen the film now, right? (Smiles) Seduction is an important part of my character. There are scenes in the film where girls are willing to be fooled while being seductive. It was very important for me to play it right.
Guess you had a lot of fun while almost justifying Charles’ crimes in many scenes.
It was something altogether different to play Meera. All this while you have seen me play this strong woman in Bholi Punjaban [Fukrey] and Devi Pathak [Masaan]. Now the world of Main Aur Charles and my characterization was totally new for me.
Meanwhile, Randeep seems to have totally embodied Charles.
Yes, I really liked to see him at work. He is so committed. Then there is an actor of the caliber of Adil Hussain. He plays a cop in the film. He is so real. He has been around for long. He is a real treat to watch.
As a filmmaker Prawaal is known for bringing mysterious dramas on screen. How was it to see him taking a similar route with Main Aur Charles as well?
The film is a psychological thriller involving psychology of different people. When I first met Prawaal, he narrated the film to me in 15 minutes flat. I was absolutely blown over just by that even though it was such a simple narration. He is a very simple guy and we got along quite well and in quick time. I hope to really work with him in future; he is one of the better directors I have worked with.
The film did have some production issues though when it was originally titled Bad. Was it frustrating?
No, as an actor it wasn’t. Also, contrary to speculations, it was never stalled either. It was just that a handover between production companies took place which lasted for just a few weeks. There was no stress for me.
What happens to your other films like Cabaret, Jia and Jia and Aur Devdas?
Cabaret is being shot right now. Rest are already done. These films should start releasing from February-March onwards. Meanwhile, I have read two-three other interesting scripts. I am looking at films internationally as well. You would hear about all of that soon. I am happy to be busy.