After receiving backlash over casual casteism for Madam Chief Minister poster Richa Chadha releases an open letter to the audience

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Richa Chadha is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films. She is best known for her work in the Fukrey Series. The actress was a face of several films like Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Gangs of Wasseypur, Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, Sarbjit, Shakeela. Richa Chadha is to be seen in Subhash Kapoor’s upcoming ‘Madam Chief Minister’ which also stars Manav Kaul and Saurabh Shukla.

Madam Chief Minister is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language political drama film directed by Subhash Kapoor. The film stars Richa Chadha in the lead role. In the film, the actress is seen as a political leader who defies all odds to scale new heights of political success in Uttar Pradesh. The trailer of the film was recently released, which opens with a disclaimer that claims the plot to be fictional, the resemblances between Richa Chadha’s character with UP’s former Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president, Mayawati is quite noticeable. Its first poster faced severe criticism as many people thought it was a stereotypical portrayal of Dalits. Many expressed their outrage over the fact that the broom is being used as a prop when it is known as a symbol of Dalit oppression and that the poster is stereotyping the community.

Talking about the criticism, Richa Chadha said that the team’s heart is at right place and they regret hurting people’s sentiments. Richa Chadha believes that Madam Chief Minister is the story of a woman who fights patriarchy, caste oppression and brutal violence.

After the intense backlash, Richa Chadha released a long statement on January 15, 2021, addressing the issue. It reads, “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.

We have made this film for love, as though we were on a mission to tell this story. 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.❤️”

Have a look at Richa Chadha’s look from Madam Chief Minister:

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