Exclusive: “Bollywood’s Casting Couch Is A Barter” – Richa Chadda Gets Candid About Sex In Film

Exclusive: “Bollywood’s Casting Couch Is A Barter” – Richa Chadda Gets Candid About Sex In Film

Ranjit Rodricks
Richa Chadda
Richa Chadda

Having made her Bollywood debut in Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, actress Richa Chadda has notched up a fair share of accolades for her performances in films like Gangs Of Wasseypur, Fukrey and Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela.

In the near future, she will be seen in Tamanchey with Nikhil Dwivedi and in Charles Aur Main with Randeep Hooda. Both films will see Richa (reportedly) doing bold scenes.

Team MissMalini had a chat with her in Mumbai last night where she unveiled the September issue of Maxim magazine, which has her staring seductively from the cover, clad in a sexy swimsuit. And since the theme of this edition is about sex and relationships, we spoke to her about, well, SEX!

Here’s what she reveals:

Richa Chadda
Richa Chadda

Team MissMalini: Sex in Bollywood… is it over-rated, under-rated or X-rated?
Richa Chadda: Off screen, it’s everywhere but everybody denies it. It’s very hidden and looked upon as a bad thing. On screen, it needs to get a bit more mature. We’ve come a long way from two flowers meeting or two love birds kissing, but I feel it should be represented in a more real fashion and not like a big event, since it’s such a natural act. One shouldn’t make a big deal about it.

Team MM: How do you feel when you shoot a love/sex scene for a film?
RC: It’s actually quite difficult since I come from a very middle-class family and obviously, we have a certain conditioning about doing such scenes. But having said that, when you shoot a love-making scene, you actually forget all about it because it all becomes very technical. It’s hard because there are fifty people on set – light men, camera men, various technicians…! Someone is holding up the thermocol sheet near a light, someone’s holding a fan which is blowing wind into your hair. So it’s actually intimidating for all these reasons.

Richa Chadda
Richa Chadda

Team MM: We hear that you have steamy scenes in your upcoming films. How do you think your parents and family would react to them?
RC: Actually, even I don’t know how they would react (laughs). So far I’ve done very powerful and strong roles, so let’s cross that bridge when we get to it.

Team MM: Does the much talked about “casting couch” actually exist?
RC: See, it’s obvious that you always have a personal choice in the matter. Nobody will coerce you into doing something you really don’t want to. Some people may think it’s a quick ladder to success, but you are free to do what you want. It’s more of a barter than anything else. But I think, for any true filmmaker, the content of the film is more important – more important than a fleeting relationship. And I always believe that true talent will speak louder and get you more accolades in the long run.

Richa Chadda
Richa Chadda

Team MM: What makes you sexy? What is your sex appeal?
RC: I think it’s the fact that I’m comfortable with who I am at some level and I’m not afraid to be who I am, in front of other people also.

Team MM: What is the sexiest thing about a man that you look for?
RC: Masculinity! He must have a broad chest that he can hold me against, strong arms which I can rest my shoulders on. Somebody who will stand by me and my choices, be there for me. Somebody who can behave like a father at times and a child at others. Most importantly, he must be my best friend.

Richa Chadda
Richa Chadda

Team MM: Tell us about your very first date.
RC: (Laughs) Oh, it was very sweet. It was back in Delhi. We went to McDonald’s and we had coffee. We didn’t even hold hands.

Pix: Viral Bhayani for MissMalini