Richa Chadha reveals she was offered another role in Heeramandi, but knew Lajjo would have the most impact

Richa Chadha

MUMBAI: Revelling in the amazingly glorious reviews for Heeramandi, especially for her character Lajjo, Richa Chadha has revealed about her decision to portray the character of Lajjo in the latest web series "Heeramandi" by renowned filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Despite being initially offered a larger role, Richa deliberately chose the character of Lajjo, recognizing its potential to make a profound impact. Richa knew that Lajjo had the most heartbreaking arc, and the resemblance to Meena Kumari from Pakeezah and a female version of Devdas would definitely leave an impact. 
Social media has been abuzz with chatter on her role with some audiences describing her part, one user on X said, “Richa Chadha shines the most”,  another one says, “Richa Chadha is just phenomenal”, another one said, “The only actor that captivates the screen is Richa”. 

Reflecting on her decision, Richa shares, "When I was approached for 'Heeramandi,' at the time Sanjay sir was the showrunner and i had been offered another part, one with more screentime for sure. But because an actor also needs to see, what's in here that's new for me, I chose Lajjo. I have experimented with characters that have a grey shade, like Bholi Punjaban or Tara in Madam Chief Minister. Basically I get accused of playing only empowerd characters, so i felt the need to break that stereotype and surprise the audience.I wanted to play a part of a hopeless romantic and leave the audience with gooseflesh. That's exactly what's happening. People are calling me in tears.

 Hence when sir told me, come and check this character  out, I immediately drawn to Lajjo. I was certain this would pay off and it has, the love within 24 hours has been overwhelming. Right from industry peers to filmmakers, to friends and audiences have sent me such amazing love, I couldn’t be more grateful.” 

Richa's portrayal of Lajjo in "Heeramandi" showcases her versatility and dedication to her craft, earning praise for her nuanced performance that resonates deeply with viewers. Additionally, the character's Kathak dance sequence in the show holds special significance for Richa, who is a trained Kathak dancer herself.

"I've always harbored a desire to incorporate Kathak dance into my onscreen roles, and 'Heeramandi' provided the perfect opportunity to do so," Richa adds. "As a trained Kathak dancer, bringing Lajjo's dance number to life was a fulfilling experience for me, adding another layer of authenticity to the character."

"Heeramandi" marks another milestone in Richa Chadha's illustrious career, showcasing her ability to make impactful choices that resonate with audiences. As the series continues to captivate viewers, Richa's portrayal of Lajjo stands out as a testament to her talent and commitment to her craft.

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