Richa Chadha says Nehru started Non-Aligned Movement, that’s where I stand

Richa Chadha, who is vocal about current issues on social media, spoke her mind on Day 2 of India Today Conclave 2021. She said that it is difficult to trust politicians who regularly change parties.

Richa Chadha spoke about being questioned by woke warriors for not tweeting on every issue on Day 2 of India Today Conclave 2021. (Photo: Yasir Iqbal)

On Day 2 of India Today Conclave 2021, in a session titled Serial Thrillers: The stars who have hijacked our minds, Richa Chadha spoke about her political alignment. She spoke about how she gets highlighted for being vocal. She also shared that she doesn’t identify with any political party, as politicians keep hopping the ship during the election season. The session also included actors Pankaj Tripathi and Sanya Malhotra and Aparna Purohit, Head of India Originals, Amazon Prime Video.

Richa Chadha is known to speak her mind. She never shies away from calling a spade a spade. Speaking about being vocal on social media, she said, “I have always been this way but right now I stand out because others are quiet. So, I tend to get highlighted. I think already a lot of shows are reflecting what is going on. For instance, I thought Paatal Lok was a great example of that. Even stuff where reality is fictionalised and made into something bigger than it is, like Inside Edge. Art imitates life, so our shows are going to come from things happening around us. It is the curse of the artiste to feel more viscerally than perhaps a banker or an accountant. When an actor or a director looks around what’s happening they are bound to get impacted by it. You can either deal with it allegorically or with humour or in a non-fiction format. It will find its way into things we are doing.”


When asked if there is pressure on actors to identify with a certain type of politics, Richa said, “I wouldn’t know. Nehru started this amazing thing called the Non-Aligned Movement. I think that’s where I stand because I have to focus on myself and my career. The fact of the matter is in this country it gets very difficult to identify with one kind of politics because politicians are hopping ships like fish before and after the election. So, I don’t know who to support. Woh bin pende ke lote ki tarah ghoomte rehte hain. So, how can we peg our faith or trust one person? And I think there is definitely pressure from both sides. It’s from woke warriors on Twitter also, ‘What about this, why haven’t you tweeted.’ We can’t very well tattoo on our foreheads, ‘we hate murder’ or ‘I am against rape.'”

She further added, “It’s almost impossible to comment or live-tweet our thoughts and beliefs on daily basis. There is always pressure, there is whataboutery, but you also have to live in the real world. Put your ear on the ground and see what is going on. I always feel like I am vocal because I am someone who pays my taxes here, I vote here. So, if I can do those things, I can also exercise my freedom of expression.”

On the work from. Richa Chadha was recently seen Voot Select’s thriller web series Candy, opposite Ronit Roy.

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