Madam Chief Minister, which has just released in theatres, has met quite a bit of controversy, including things as drastic as death threats. Opening up about it in a recent interview to News 18, Richa Chadha, who plays the eponymous role in the movie, said, “I did not see the same outrage or criticism when my colleagues play someone from an underprivileged background or a certain community. Why am I being set to a higher standard? Who are these people trying to police an individual’s choice about what you can wear or cannot?”
“You can’t wear an Ambedkar T-shirt but people can happily carry his posters during protests and at that time it is not termed as appropriation. This film is a learning process for me and it is an ongoing one. By shaming me, it isn’t like I can learn any faster,” added the actress.
Talking about Madam Chief Minister per se and what the film tries to do, she added, “It is a very different film for me. I hope people are able to engage with it and find it entertaining. It’s been made keeping a commercial point-of-view in mind. If there is a message in the story, if people feel it is an attack on the caste system or oppression of a gender, then it will be a bonus for us.”
Earlier, Richa Chadha had reacted to the entire controversy by tweeting
: “NO. Hum Nahi Darte (I’m not scared).” Check out her tweet here…
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) January 17, 2021
Supposting her, Swara Bhasker also condemned the threats and tweeted: “This is absolutely shameful & to be condemned in no uncertain terms. You can have ideological issues & problems with a film but this is criminal intimidation & incitement to violence. Ambedkarites, Dalit feminists & just sane people- stand up & call this out! @RichaChadha #NotOk .” Read her tweet below:
This is absolutely shameful & to be condemned in no uncertain terms. You can have ideological issues & problems with a film but this is criminal intimidation & incitement to violence. Ambedkarites, Dalit feminists & just sane people- stand up & call this out! @RichaChadha #NotOk https://t.co/sJs6c9V53J
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) January 17, 2021
Well, it’s good that these ladies stand their ground and give it back.
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