Passion brought Richa Gangopadhyay to films. And the results are showing — an award for her role in Mayakkam Enna and a clutch of projects in both Tamil and Telugu
A passion for acting is what made Richa Gangopadhyay travel 8,000 miles across the Atlantic to India, and the same passion is winning her awards today. The actor, who recently won the Best Actress Award (Critic’s Choice) in the Tamil film category at the recently held South Indian International Movie Awards ceremony in Dubai, says that she is humbled by the honour.
“I am delighted at having won the Award, and that too for my role in my first Tamil film Mayakkam Enna. I must credit Selva sir for it. Not many heroines get this kind of a role. He (director Selvaraghavan) is a perfectionist and will not go to the next shot until he is satisfied. The trick is paying attention to his timing. If you crack that, you can nail it. In fact, my breaking down after the miscarriage in the film was impromptu. While shooting, Selva said ‘This is the situation, just go crazy. But be honest about what you do’. Today, that shot is loved by many. When I finished that shot, I was proud of myself; it was done in a single take,” says Richa.
She has had a great start in both Tamil and Telugu, and it looks like she is all set to build on that.
She has several projects in her kitty, including two big projects in Telugu and one in Tamil.
“The Tamil film you are talking about is Tamilselvanum Thaniyar Anjalum. I’ve not met Gautham Menon sir who is producing it and the logistics haven’t fallen in place. I have not given the official confirmation. So, technically, I’m not a part of this project. However, there is another project that’s almost confirmed. I was looking for a change of avatar and this next film will help me do that. It’s refreshing and new, and what’s more, it is being directed by one of the most successful directors in recent times.”
On her Telugu films, she says: “I have Saar Osthara in which I will be working with Ravi Teja for a second time. My character in this Parasuram-directed film is intriguing, and that is what attracted me to the project. It will feature both pre-marriage and post-marriage happenings in a couple’s life, with a touch of humour. I will be sharing screen space with Kajal Agarwal.”
The actor is now working on Vaaradhi. “I play an NRI, and I’m paired with Prabhas. Just a few songs are left and once that is done, the film will hit the screens, perhaps in October. I am on the verge of signing a project with Nagarjuna. Veerabhadram who directed Aaha Naa Pellanta is directing this film.”