Richa Chadha is well on her way to becoming the poster child for honesty among this new breed of actors we’re seeing these days. Gone are the days when actors talked only about superficial things. Actors these days are talking about the stuff that matters. From eating disorders to the blows that one’s self-image faces in the movie business, they’re spilling their guts about everything. It is a refreshing change, this!
In the wake of the recent Ganpati celebrations around the country, Richa Chadha talked about how religion has been reduced to nothing more than an exercise in hypocrisy — be it the way women are treated or even the way in which religious festivals are celebrated.
I live in this country, I care deeply about the culture. I am not religious but I am spiritual, so I read a lot about it. For instance, the Hindu religion and the importance of Shiv and Shakti in our culture. How Durga, Sita are important, how each goddess had a role to play in evolution. And then when I see how people treat women, it is really confusing to me. Religion has become about hypocrisy.
The actor went on to talk about how religious events have become an excuse for hooliganism,
During (Ganesh) visarjan, everyone is drunk, playing obscene songs loudly and dancing. They are using it as an excuse to party.
Richa Chadha is one celebrity who is using her position to confront real, relevant issues head-on. She seems to realize that it is the people who exert influence on the masses who need to take a stand on the burning issues of our time, hold a mirror up to society’s double-standards and its failings. Only then can things change for the better.
If we want the world to be a better place, we must start with questioning, and addressing, everything that is wrong with the world as we know it. Even if it makes us unpopular.
If you say anything then people say you’re not respectful if your own culture. That’s not true. I think we have to question our own culture.
The things she says may not go down well with the blindly religious, or with militant followers of patriarchy, but the thing that matters is that Richa Chadha has the courage, and takes the time, to say them. Regardless. Bravo!