Actress Richa Chadha, who will be seen reprising her role as Bholi Punjaban in Fukrey Returns, believes that despite the improvised roles women are getting, there is still a lot of scope on this front.
In an interview to thestatesman.com, Richa Chadha shared why the role of Bholi Punjaban is special to her, who is the biggest ‘Fukra’ in the gang and why she believes that there is still scope for improvisation for women in the industry.
Richa, known as a powerhouse in the industry, says: “Bholi is like your typical Delhi girl, who doesn’t have this thought in mind that she is a girl. She can do anything, from beating guys to kidnapping people. I feel the role is very liberated and fun to play at the same time. While playing Bholi, I feel like a powerful woman, who knows how to play the game in the best possible manner.”
“She is intimidating, everyone is afraid of Bholi and she enjoys that people fear her. I really enjoyed playing this character as you don’t get to play such interesting roles often,” Richa adds.
In all these years, Richa’s bond and friendship with her co-stars aka the ‘Fukrey’ gang has only got stronger. “I think over the years our friendship and bonding have grown. We have been visiting each other’s place for dinner and lunch. During shooting, it was more like we were hanging out with each other while the cameras are rolling,” Richa says on her equation with her co-stars from the film.
Bholi Punjaban’s favourite ‘fukra’ in the film is Choocha aka Varun Sharma, but according to her, it’s Pulkit Samrat that best fits the description of a ‘Fukra’.
“There is no competition among these guys. Everyone is at his best. But if I need to take a name then it’s Pulkit. Many of the out-of-the-world ideas come to Hunny as he is the captain of the gang. There is always a starting point and an end point, and here, Pulkit stands as the biggest troublemaker. While he (Pulkit) is the most mischievous one, Zafar bhai aka Ali Fazal is the most decent one,” Richa said.
Richa, who is known for her roles in films like Masaan, Gangs of Wasseypur and Sarbjit, feels that there is still scope for better films and roles for women in the industry.
“Better characters for women are being written for sure. When films like The Dirty Picture, Kahani and Queen’ came, everyone thought it’s a trend which will pass. But, now more and more such movies are coming. However, there is still a long way to go when it comes to giving importance to women characters on par with the those of males,” she says.
Fukrey Returns also features Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Ali Fazal and Manjot Singh, and the movie will release worldwide on December 8.