On Monday, actress Richa Chadha visited an animal rescue center - ResQ in Pune. She was there to show support to the organisation
Richa Chadha says actresses in 'her league' gets equal pay as their male co-stars, but "I do understand that Deepika Padukone or Anushka Sharma might feel that they are not paid at par with their actors"
Richa Chadha had spoken about her fight with bulimia in the past, saying it was Bollywood's best kept secret
"India is one of those few countries in the world where violence against women starts in the womb, before the girl is even born. We have to overcome the hypocrisy in our culture. On one hand, we celebrate Navratri, nine days of fasting for the goddess, then Durga Pooja... All kinds of goddesses in India are worshipped and praised than in any other culture," Richa said
Masaan follows the stories of four people from a small town -- Varanasi -- and how they fit into moralities, and how pre-set notions of society change their life. The film also touches upon issues like caste stereotypes and premarital sex
"I am happy that films are talking about various issues these days, but films are not meant only to speak about that. A film is a piece of fiction or piece of art which is made to make money at the box office," Richa told IANS.
"However, times are changing and I am a testimony to that. There's a growing acceptance of 'outsiders.' However, the fact that there is a term called 'outsiders' is something we should introspect about," said Richa Chadha
Actor Randeep Hooda plays the titular role in the film while actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan played his sister Dalbir Kaur and Richa plays Sarabjit Singh's wife Sukhpreet
"Right now, we want to do the promotions in a robust manner. We haven't locked any dates yet but all the focus is to give the film right publicity. We want the film to have a dignified release and the biggest exposure. We will announce a date shortly," said Kaustav
In 2012, Richa's role in Gangs of Wasseypur was praised. In 2015, Masaan received a standing ovation and two prestigious awards at the festival. This year, the actress attended the festival for the premiere of her new film Sarbjit at the French Rivera
"I don't care how people react to it, because I don't see it as anything other than positive. I think the prevalent gender stereotype is ambition, still a bad word when it's applied to a woman, and a great quality when it's an adjective for a man," said Richa
"I am not sure if I would produce films actively or would have my own production house. I haven't thought about all these things yet. I would want to back films that have story and content," said Richa Chadha