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    Always keen on doing a dance film, Richa Chadda’s dream of starring in one finally comes true with Cabaret 
    FROM portraying risqué characters like Nagma Khatoon in Gangs of Wasseypur, to the docile-yet-strong wife, Sukhpreet, in her latest outing Sarbjit, actress Richa Chadda defies stereotyping. Even as we start off by crediting her for bridging the gap between independent and commercial cinema, the actress demures, “These kind of movies have always existed; it is just that now the audience is more aware. I don’t think I have the power to blur any lines, they are blurring on their own.” She cities Kangana Ranaut’s Queen as an example. Now with her upcoming Pooja Bhatt-produced Cabaret, she is doing another offbeat role where she gets to fulfil her dream of starring in a dance movie.

    The right beat
    “This is just the beginning of my association with dance,” says the 29-year-old, speaking about the film where she portrays the sensuous cabaret dancer Roza. From learning jazz to smoking cigarettes, Amritsar-born Chadda has gone all out for this movie directed by debutant Kaustav Narayan Niyogi. The actress, who recently walked the red carpet at Cannes for the third time (in a Sabyasachi sari), admits that she is feeling the jitters. “I am quite nervous about the way the film will be received,” she admits, calling it her first commercial outing as it entails a big banner.

    What next?
    When we ask her about wage equality, the actress says candidly, “I don’t think there is discrimination based on gender anymore. Salman Khan or Shah Rukh Khan get paid what they do because they have been around for years. I am not in the league where I can claim a `50 crore opening, and hence a higher pay.”
    She has bagged a role in Love Sonia, an Indo-American project on sex trafficking, also starring Anupam Kher and Freida Pinto. The versatile star will soon visit Los Angeles to shoot for it. “While there, I plan to visit San Francisco.” Apart from travelling, Chadda also likes to watch sitcoms to unwind. Currently she is following the American political satire, Veep.
    The feisty actress has also turned producer this year, for a short film set in the Punjab of the late ’80s. “It was a friend’s film,” she admits, adding that it’s a story which needs to be told.
    Cabaret releases on June 10.

    — Seema Rajpal

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