Actress Richa Chadha, who adheres to a different political ideology from her “Panga” co-star Kangana Ranaut, says they avoided discussing politics while shooting the film.
“We never discuss politics on a film set and it really does not matter as an individual which political ideology we subscribe to. I am not here to change anyone’s beliefs and what their politics are. Everyone has their own beliefs and I am vocal about things that I strongly believe in,” Richa Chadha told IANS.
She continued: “When it comes to Panga’, we were making a film. We did that peacefully, professionally and in sync with the vision of the director. And there is no doubt about the fact that Kangana is a brilliant actress.”
For Richa Chadha, professionalism counts. “I am someone who has worked in films with different actors and when we actors work in a film, we all come together professionally to put our effort to make a film, tell a story. That is the intention and in Panga’, too. Kangana and I came as two professionals acting in a film. It is that simple,” she explained.
Directed by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari and produced by Fox Star Studios, the film features Jassi Gill, Neena Gupta, child actor Yagya Bhasin along with Kangana and Richa.
Sharing an insight into her character in the film, Richa said: “I would say that it is an important story of two female kabbadi players and their lives. My character Meenu plays from defence position and Kangana’s character Jaya is a star offender. After having a successful journey in the game of kabaddi, Jaya settles for a family life with husband and child. Meenu continues to play the game. When Jaya decides to get back to the game, Meenu encourages and pushes her to get into fitness, regular training and do everything to prepare her for the game. It is the journey of Jaya and how Meenu supports her.”
The film is a sports drama, and Richa Chadha says they had to train in order to get the body-language right as kabaddi players.
“We trained under international coaches and it was tough. We got hurt at times but I enjoyed the process because I am always eager to learn something new. I learnt kabaddi through Panga’,” said Richa Chadha.
The film is directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, who carved her space with past efforts as
“Nil Battey Sannata” and “Bareilly Ki Barfi'”. Richa encapsulate her experience of working with the director as refreshing.
“Ashwini is a wonderful storyteller and she has her own style of filmmaking. I watched both of her films and I found ï¿½Nil Battey Sannata’ very unusual and interesting. Ashwini is unique in the way she writes characters in films ï¿½ it is very well edged-out. I wanted to work with a female director and it was refreshing,” Richa signed off.
“Panga” releases on January 24.