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Richa Chadha reveals she was offered another role in Heeramandi, but knew Lajjo would have the most impact

Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar is streaming on Netflix.

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Richa Chadha

Richa Chadha has revealed about her decision to portray the character of Lajjo in the latest web series Heeramandi by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Despite being initially offered a larger role, Richa deliberately chose the character of Lajjo, recognizing its potential to make a profound impact. Richa knew that Lajjo had the most heartbreaking arc, and the resemblance to Meena Kumari from Pakeezah and a female version of Devdas would definitely leave an impact.

Reflecting on her decision, Richa shares, “When I was approached for Heeramandi, at the time Sanjay sir was the showrunner and I had been offered another part, one with more screentime for sure. But because an actor also needs to see, what’s in here that’s new for me, I chose Lajjo. I have experimented with characters that have a grey shade, like Bholi Punjaban or Tara in Madam Chief Minister. Basically, I get accused of playing only empowered characters, so I felt the need to break that stereotype and surprise the audience. I wanted to play a part of a hopeless romantic and leave the audience with gooseflesh. That’s exactly what’s happening. People are calling me in tears.

Hence when sir told me, come and check this character out, I immediately drawn to Lajjo. I was certain this would pay off and it has, the love within 24 hours has been overwhelming. Right from industry peers to filmmakers, to friends and audiences have sent me such amazing love, I couldn’t be more grateful.”

“I’ve always harbored a desire to incorporate Kathak dance into my onscreen roles, and Heeramandi provided the perfect opportunity to do so,” Richa adds. “As a trained Kathak dancer, bringing Lajjo’s dance number to life was a fulfilling experience for me, adding another layer of authenticity to the character.”

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