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Richa Chadha Slams Media For Gender Bias, Reveals She Was Called "Ugly"

Richa Chadha Slams Media For Gender Bias, Reveals She Was Called "Ugly"

Bollywood actress, Richa Chadha, proved that she's here to stay right after her first movie, Masaan. Ever since then, she has picked up only those roles that let her acting do all the talking. And she's certainly not the one to mince her words. She has made some bold statements during media interviews and through her social media posts.

Recently, hitting out at the media for being gender-biased, she said that female actors are treated differently. She also slammed both mainstream media and social media for being overtly critical towards female celebrities and asked why male actors are never questioned for the choices they make.

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"Mainstream media, as well as social media, tend to be unfair towards female stars, and female stars get trolled and criticised more than their male counterparts", said Richa in an interview with a leading news agency. 

Richa further added, "I can say this from my observation of the way media constantly questions Priyanka Chopra, Swara Bhaskar, Sonam Kapoor and other female stars for their choices - whether it is fashion, political opinion or lifestyle. Do they question the male stars enough as well? How many times has the media questioned male actors on films that are jingoistic and encourage warmongering?"

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The Fukrey actress said that she has adapted to negative criticism over the years. She went on to reveal that while she holds all her critics in high regard, she was was labelled "ugly" during her initial days in Bollywood. She said, "I am very cordial with my critics because how they write about me is their prerogative. In my initial days, I have had press call me ugly. They called me names for my appearance in a film where I was not required to look glamorous. An article was written on me, titled '10 things that one hates about Richa Chadha' by a publication. If a journalist tries to belittle me, I would rather grow a thick skin, instead of taking the negativity to my heart."

"There is a difference between critiquing and being mean to someone, and I know that," she added.

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On the work front, Richa was last seen with Akshaye Khanna in Section 375, which released earlier this month. The actor is best known for her roles in films like Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Love Sonia and the Gangs of Wasseypur. She will next be seen in Ashwini Iyer Tiwari's sports drama, Panga, along with other prominent actresses Kangana Ranaut, Jassi Gill and Neena Gupta. The movie is slated to hit the screens next year.

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