Artists should not be trolled for their opinion: Richa Chadha

01 May 2017, 08:47 PM
Richa Chadha
Richa Chadha

According to Actress Richa Chadha celebrities do not talk much about politics because they are afraid of "organised" trolling but this fear has not stopped the 'Maasan' actress to target Political leaders.

Chadha states, while now a days people very often used to target artists and musicians for their random opinions, the political leaders and parties are not targeted as well who posses very low class mentality about some particular community or woman.

"They may disagree with everything but in the persecution of women, they're unified", Richa was quoted while talking to an agency.

"The minute somebody says something, you go after the mwith a lynch mob, organised trolling on social media. There is no freedom of speech and you expect us to be completely free and open as if the nation building and policy making liesolely on us," she says.

"We are artistes, it's not our responsibility. I've said it before, as a country we need better role models," she says.

"We are not role models, we are flawed." While Richa feels that it's a difficult time for artistes' all over the world, she is proud that Bollywood is still making films that deal with real issues.

"We have had a 'PK' which questioned the mob organisationof all religions. 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' is about peace and 'Dangal' is about female wrestlers from Haryana, where the highest number of female foeticide happens. Laud us for what we are doing given the times that we are living in," she says.

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The diva also believes that the politicians are attracting the peoples' mind more towards 'emotional' issues rather than tha real one.

"I think politics -- or what's happening today in the country or all over the world --is a conspiracy to keep peopledistracted from what the real issues are. We have evolved somuch that we have Bluetooth and WiFi but we don't havedrinking water in different parts of the country," she says.

The actress also shows her concerns over suicides committed by farmers and rising prices of essential commodities.

"But we are distracted by what I call 'emotional issues'.Everyone is so offended but they don't even move a muscle to do anything constructive."

To top it all, Richa says the media panders to the establishment rather than questioning it.

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"Is there a free fourth estate that doesn't bow down to power, doesn't pander to whichever party is in power? Eachtime the government changes, everybody's opinion changes." Roundly criticising the media, she says it would earlierpride itself on taking the government to task. "Where is your spine," she asks?

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Monday, May 01, 2017 08:21 PM
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