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Why Male Stars Aren't 'Questioned For Their Choices' Asks Richa Chadha, Says 'Media Called Me Ugly'
The Masaan actress Richa Chadha, in a recent interview with news agency IANS, has slammed the media, accusing the press of being overtly critical towards female stars.
Why Male Stars Aren't 'Questioned For Their Choices' Asks Richa Chadha, Says 'Media Called Me Ugly'(image Instagrammed by therichachadha)
New Delhi: The Masaan actress Richa Chadha, in a recent interview with news agency IANS, has slammed the media, accusing the press of being overtly critical towards female stars. The actress also takes a dig at social media trolls passing judgments on choices made by actresses in the showbiz industry, Richa said: "Mainstream media as well as social media tends to be unfair towards female stars, and female stars get trolled and criticised more than their male counterparts." Citing example of Priyanka Chopra, Swara Bhasker and Sonam Kapoor, Richa elaborated on her point and said: "I can say this from my observation of the way media constantly questions Priyanka Chopra, Swara Bhaskar, Sonam Kapoor and other female stars for their choices - whether it is fashion, political opinion or lifestyle. Do they question the male stars enough as well?" IANS quoted her as saying in an interview.
Richa Chadha, who was last seen in Section 375, that she was targeted at press conferences and hit out with a rhetorical query: "How many times has the media questioned male actors on films that are 'jingoistic' and encourage 'warmongering'? During the press conference of my film Section 375, I was asked about my opinion on the flood-affected areas. Do they ask these questions to the real people who actually can bring change - I mean the authorities and politicians?"
The actress has, however, adapted to the negative criticism that she often faces. She also revealed that "I am very cordial with my critics because how they write about me is their prerogative. In my initial days, I have had press call me ugly. They called me names for my appearance in a film where I was not required to look glamorous. An article was written on me, titled '10 things that one hates about Richa Chadha' by a publication. If a journalist tries to belittle me, I would rather grow a thick skin, instead of taking the negativity to my heart."
"There is a difference between critiquing and being mean to someone, and I know that," added Richa Chadha.
Actress Flora Saini, earlier this year, raised a similar issue. The actress has starred in web-series like Gandi Baat, XXX Uncensored and Maid In India. Also speaking to IANS, she had asked: "Do they really call an actor 'bold'... an actor who is also there in the lovemaking scenes that I am part of? There is clear discrimination and stereotyping for female actors who have no inhibitions to perform any intimate scenes on-screen."
The actress is all set to make her debut as an author. Richa Chadha is best known for her roles in movies like Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Love Sonia, Masaan and the Fukrey and the Gangs of Wasseypur series of films.
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