Richa Chadha Is In Revenge Mode With Audible’s Latest Podcast Doll, also with the talented Jaideep Ahlawat in the lead. Bringing her character, Baby, to life with her distinctly dense voice, Richa is on a mission to bring Ahlawat’s character down for what he did to her best friend. During a Zoom interview, the actress tells us how different Baby is from other women she’s played on screen and why she ventured into production. Excerpts:
Have you done a lot of characters like Baby in the past?
It’s an underdog story, unlike others I’ve done in the past, where it’s easy for them to be empowered. They were usually privileged women, whether in Inside Edge or Fukrey. They had money and resources while Baby has no family, friends or money and his only friend dies because of Jaideep. So she seeks revenge. The director, Pravesh Bhardwaj, wanted to work with me for a long time. He gave me a script about ten years ago but it didn’t work. So when he approached me with this podcast, I thought it would be fun to explore this pulpy black role.
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What was it like to be part of a podcast?
It’s funny because I feel like the baggage of the last work isn’t carried over since I’m not visible. In an audio drama, the audience reacts to the voice, the sound effects and those things make this kind of work amazing. You have been playing these serious roles for some time now.
How to avoid being stereotyped?
Whatever stereotypes are supposed to happen, they have happened before and I don’t think an actor can escape stereotypes. Much depends on the work I will do in the future. I’ve probably said no to five similar things in the past.
How are you as a person in real life?
In real life, I don’t easily lose my temper. It takes a lot for me to be really angry. You have been involved in many good projects.
Do you have a dream role?
I would like to create this role for myself instead of waiting for someone to approach me with the same. Gangs of Wasseypur came out about 10 years ago and in the last decade there has only been one casting director pushing me beyond my limits. I feel like there are bottlenecks for the performers at every stage and sometimes it’s the director who can’t see you in different roles. I’m baffled that a few casting directors haven’t called me in these 10 years for any role. I’m not complaining because I have a thriving career. But I think sometimes you have to do something for yourself and that’s why I want to get into production – not to get started but to have more control.
Baby Doll is streaming on Audible