Child actor Richa Bhadra, better known as Chakki from popular TV show Khichdi, recently revealed that casting couch and constant body shaming made her stay away from the world of Showbiz. She also said that she was asked to make a ‘compromise’ while giving auditions post marriage. Talking about not returning to television, Richa told Timesofindia.com, ''I came across a casting director who said, ‘Keep me happy and I will give you work.’ He wanted to meet me at a hotel when I suggested meeting at a coffee shop. That was the end to all my aspirations which I had in the industry. I didn’t want to ruin the image which I had built as a child actor.''
Talking about the other reason that led to her quitting acting, Richa added, ''I have always been a plump girl. During my growing up years, I was being offered roles where I had to expose or romance on-screen. I didn’t want to go against my family and or my will to take up such roles just for fame.''
After quitting television, Richa Bhadra worked as a consultant in an educational firm. Talking about her work experience, she said, ''People knew me and they would come up to me and ask ‘What are you doing here?’ It was difficult to make them understand.'' She met her husband Vivek in the same organisation. They dated for a few months before getting married. She was also seen in other TV shows such as Baa Bahu aur Baby and Mrs. Tendulkar.
Khichadi also starred noted actors such as Supriya Pathak as Hansa, Rajeev Mehta as Praful and Anang Desai as Babuji.