Richa Chadha and Kalki Koechlin speak about gender inequality and how Bollywood stereotypes women

Jia Aur Jia star Richa Chadha states how industry stereotypes female characters in the movies, while her co-star speaks about gender inequality in Bollywood.
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Richa Chadha has played different kinds of roles in Bollywood. From a fierce woman in Gangs of Wasseypur to a bold, alluring woman in Cabaret to a tough female don in Fukrey, the actress has experimented quite a lot. However, Richa thinks that despite playing different roles, the audience puts a label on actors for their choice of characters.

The Masaan actress told a leading publication that not just the audience, even the industry stereotypes women. She further stated, "If she (actress) must be shown as a sati-savitri, they'll show as a staunch opponent of indulging in sex before marriage. If they have to show her as a liberal woman, they'll place a cigarette in one of her hands, and a glass of alcohol in another. Why? Do we have to be either one of the two extremes? Is there no middle-ground? We can be neither of the two, or both."

In her upcoming movie Jia Aur Jia, also starring Kalki Koechlin, her character goes on a road trip. From the trailer of Jia Aur Jia, it looks like her character is all happy and lively. But Richa has something else to say about her character. While talking about her role, Richa said, "If you see my character, you'll notice there's a pain that bothers her, and it was the challenge to pull off".

The actress also spoke about how she is being typecast for her choice of roles. She elaborated, "I got an offer for Ram-Leela (2013) before Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), and, the characters I play in the two films are at odds. But, because Gangs... released first, I, as an actor, was attached to that character because the audience enjoyed it."

Stressing on gender equality, Kalki said that even if it is discussed, the society will take time to come to terms with women in the workforce. She added, "The workforce is dominated by people who have grown up in an environment that's different from how it is today. They've seen their mothers stay at home as their fathers went to office to earn. So, while they understand the importance of equality, that's not what they've seen while being raised. It will take an entire generation to undo that."

Jia Aur Jia, directed by Howard Rosemeyer, will release on October 27, 2017.

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