Actress Richa Chadha said “Calling an adult (film) star a porn star is a sign of patriarchy. You are disrespecting an actress (Shakeela in this case) who is part of films that are adult in theme. And then you are watching them so much that those films are making huge money. What kind of hypocrisy is that,” Richa .
Highlighting the “duplicity of the morality of our society”, she said: “Adult films are made because there is a market for them… It is really easy to call successful, self-made woman names in a patriarchal society.”
“See, there is no point of fighting about what people said about her at the peak of her career. People watched her films and called her a porn star, which she was not. In the film, we are unveiling the story of an actress and the unexplored side of her journey. Then let the people decide if she really deserved the tag she had to bear,” Richa said.
An outspoken and forthright actress, Richa has been vocal about the #MeToo movement as well. She says she feels privileged that, from the beginning of her career, she never had to deal with any sexual predator.
“I am really fortunate, in all the opportunities that came my way, of not having to deal with these regular predators who are making the work environment worse for women. But I want to say that I know almost all women somewhere or the other have faced some moments of awkwardness in their life — be it an inappropriate text, uncomfortable touch, some eyes gazing at them… It all happens to us at the workplace.”
Such practices have also led to some good talent being lost. But Richa says not anymore.
“We lost a lot of them in the last few years, but now that women are opening up and standing up against such discrimination, the future looks bright where new talent will come and flourish without feeling uncomfortable at the workplace,” she said.