Ready for Cannes

Ready for Cannes

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Ready for Cannes

It won’t be long now — Bollywood actress Richa Chadda is all set to jet off to the French Riviera for the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival. The actress is no newcomer to the glamour and glitz that comes as part of the festival.

   The first time she was in Cannes in 2012, it was for Anurag Kashyap’s two-part movie, ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’. Now, she is heading off to France for ‘Masaan’, an Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl and Madhu Mantena production.

The film has been selected for the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section. Talking about the movie, Richa says, “It is set in the small town of Varanasi and tells the story of a girl who is trying to escape reality. There are certain consequences she has to deal with, for the rest of her life, because of this.” She also calls this a movie that examines the “true Indian roots”.

She adds that the theme of escapism has an interesting part to play. “It is something we all deal with. We all come across people who are regressive and conservative. The movie also showcases a nice father-daughter friendship.”

Does she relate to her character? She says yes and no. “I don’t relate to her because she comes from a small town and spends all her time studying. But she does deal with issues that all women go through, which is something that I relate to. It is a story of how society is judgemental,” she says. How did she play a character she doesn’t relate with? “It was fun playing her because I had to use my imagination. Also, the director helped me build the character.”

On her favourite part of the film, she says that she likes the end as it is “sweet”. “This part was written for me and it is a great character. It was a challenging part to play.”

Commenting on what people expect of women in India, she says, “From a young age, women are told how to dress, what is appropriate and what is not, how they should behave with their husbands and families and more. But I have been fortunate enough to come from a liberal family, where both my parents worked.”

How does she feel about returning to Cannes? “Great! We are going for the right reason, and I’m proud to have been a part of this film,” she says. She adds that she is looking forward to the screening. On the clothes she is going to don for the event, she says, “I haven’t yet decided; I’ll wear whatever my stylists decide for me. I’m still choosing between Indian and Western clothes.”

According to Richa, most people find the Cannes Film Festival a glamourous event but they don’t really understand it. “They just think it’s about going to France,” she sums up.

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