Actress Richa Chadha, who is riding high on the phenomenal success of Fukrey Returns, turns 31 today (December 18) and what better way for the actress to celebrate her birthday by receiving unanimous praise for her role of Bholi Punjaban.

Known for her finesse acting skills and natural ability to justify the characters at her best, Richa is considered one of the most talented actresses of Bollywood. On the occasion of her birthday, let’s list five of her best films:

Oye Lucky Lucky Oye

Richa Chadha

The actress, who made her debut with this film, left a significant mark in the industry as she received universal acclaim for her character of the outspoken and witty girl, Dolly. Richa played the protagonist’s second love interest in the film. The actress made a mark with her performance and was hailed by the critics for playing a typical loud mouth yet caring Delhi girl.

Gangs of Wasseypur (1 and 2)

Richa Chadha

Probably one of her most appreciated roles till date, Richa as the fierce wife and mother of the Khan clan, nailed the character of Nagma Khatoon. The actress further went on to win a FilmFare Award for Best Actress Critics and was even nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Fukrey and Fukrey Returns

Richa Chadha

Richa essays the role of Bholi Punjaban in both the films while the latter is still running at the box office with a phenomenal response. With her performance in this film, the actress not only had the critics appreciating her but also got a huge fan base post the film’s surprising success. The actress also claims that Bholi Punjaban is one of her favourite characters and she loves to essay the role.

Masaan

Richa Chadha

The directorial debut of Neeraj Ghaywan featured Richa as the female lead in the independent film. Richa, who essayed the role of Devi Pathak, a student who became a victim to the corrupt system of the nation, was widely appreciated by critics and fans so much that some refer Masaan as her best film. Despite a mediocre performance at the box office, the film had overwhelming critical acclaim and was screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, winning two awards.

Sarbjit

Richa Chadha

An Indian biopic based on true events revolving around the life of Indian prisoner, Sarabjit Singh, in Pakistan. Richa essayed the role of Sarbjit’s wife, Sukhpreet. Yet again, Richa proved that why she is considered as one of the most talented actresses in this emotional drama as many cite Richa’s presence in the film as an intriguing angle to watch out for. The actress was nominated for a FilmFare Award in the Best Supporting Actress category.

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