Courtesy : Richa Chadha Instagram
Actress Richa Chadha landed in a soup after she released the first look from her upcoming film, ‘Madam Chief Minister’. The Fukrey actress saw massive backlash on social media and previously she defended the poster. However, it seems Richa has had a change of heart and issued an apology for the "inadvertent error".
The actress will be seen playing the role of an aspiring politician who works for the backward castes and women in a largely patriarchal society, was seen holding a broom in the image.
While the image hinted at stereotyping of a character, it wasn’t well-received by the audience and caused an outrage amongst the users.
Now, Richa Chadha has issued a statement about the same as she said, "This film was learning experience for me, for us all. The promotions were no different. The first poster that was released faced severe criticism, rightly so. What to me (and my privileged eyes) was a mere prop used by my character in a scene , came across as a stereotypical portrayal of Dalits for many of our people."
"As an actor, I receive the communication for posting, complete with the copy, handles and hashtags. Needless to say, I have no role in the designing of promotional materials. By saying this, I am not throwing the makers under the bus. They realised this inadvertent error and took this criticism in their stride. They responded immediately by retracting the objectionable poster and by releasing a new poster the very next day. It was a regrettable and a completely unintentional oversight, not a deliberate insinuation. We are sorry. Our heart is in the right place. Hopefully you will see that for yourself when you watch the film," she added.
Richa clarified about the intentions of making the film and maintained that “We have made this film for love, as though we were on a mission to tell this story.”
She further mentioned, “Tara, one feisty oddball of a woman, fights patriarchy, caste oppression, brutal violence along with the usual betrayals of politics, to rise to the top and affect change. And she does so with incredible dignity and courage. I could relate to her righteous rage. She spoke to me. As the film nears release, I am becoming aware that I have to say goodbye to Tara. I am also aware that she will never entirely leave my side.”