Completely unintentional oversight, says Richa Chadha on her look in ‘Madam Chief Minister’

It was a regrettable and a completely unintentional oversight, not a deliberate insinuation, says Richa Chadha over controversy on her next film Madam Chief Minister poster

Bollywood actress Richa Chadha
Bollywood actress Richa Chadha
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Bollywood actress Richa Chadha recently has been facing widespread backlash from the netizens after she released her first look from her upcoming movie Madam Chief Minister.

Earlier, the actress defended the poster, but has now issued a statement apologising for the ‘unintentional error.’

Here is Richa Chadha’s full statement:

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.

Completely unintentional oversight, says Richa Chadha  on  her look in ‘Madam Chief Minister’

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.

Completely unintentional oversight, says Richa Chadha  on  her look in ‘Madam Chief Minister’

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