Richa Chadha’s upcoming film, Madam Chief Minister is all set to release in the cinemas soon. When the first poster of the film.was released, it faced criticism over casual casteism. This Subhas Kapoor directorial received backlash over a Savarna, an upper-class woman playing the role of an untouchable.
Now, Richa Chadha released a statement for this. Her statement read:
“This film was learning experience for me, for us all. The promotions were no different. The first poster that was released faced severe criticism, rightly so. What to me (and my privileged eyes) was a mere prop used by my character in a scene , came across as a stereotypical portrayal of Dalits for many of our people.
“As an actor, I receive the communication for posting, complete with the copy, handles and hashtags. Needless to say, I have no role in the designing of promotional materials. By saying this, I am not throwing the makers under the bus. They realised this inadvertent error and took this criticism in their stride. They responded immediately by retracting the objectionable poster and by releasing a new poster the very next day. It was a regrettable and a completely unintentional oversight, not a deliberate insinuation. We are sorry. Our heart is in the right place. Hopefully you will see that for yourself when you watch the film.”
“We have made this film for love, as though we were on a mission to tell this story. Tara, one feisty oddball of a woman, fights patriarchy, caste oppression, brutal violence along with the usual betrayals of politics, to rise to the top and affect change. And she does so with incredible dignity and courage. I could relate to her righteous rage. She spoke to me. As the film nears release, I am becoming aware that I have to say goodbye to Tara. I am also aware that she will never entirely leave my side. ❤️”
Madam Chief Minister is helmed by Subhash Kapoor. The movie showcases the journey of a girl from village becoming a political legend!
The film also features talented performers like Saurabh Shukla, Manav Kaul, Akshay Oberoi and Shubhrajyoti.
A Kangra Talkies production, the film is written & directed by Subhash Kapoor, produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Naren Kumar & Dimple Kharbanda is set to release in cinemas on 22nd January, 2021.