Why did Richa Chadha visit a psychologist?

Sep 05, 2018, 13:39 IST | mid-day online correspondent

The role of playing a brothel's madam took a tole on Richa Chadha, and therefore she had to take therapy sessions to detach from this character for Love Sonia

Why did Richa Chadha visit a psychologist?
Richa Chadha

Even before Love Sonia could release across the world, actress Richa Chadha has bagged two awards for her performance. She was felicitated at the  London Indian Film Festival and the other, at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. Richa is one of the few people in the industry, capable of such a feat, where her work is speaking for her. The Fukrey actress plays the role of a sex worker and the Madam of a brothel in Love Sonia. She, along with actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher, Freida Pinto, Mrunal Thakur and Rajkumar Rao bring us the reality of the Sex Trafficking world, which is directed by Tabrez Noorani.

When offered the role to Richa, she was hesitant to the do because she was worried if the story would do justice to the portrayal of something so sensitive. She believed her director, Tabrez when he showed her the decade of research he's been doing for the film. When the actress started shooting for the film she met many sex workers, a lot of young girls, who were rescued from the flesh trade and listened to incidents that one could never fathom were even possible. After 2.5 months of shooting in different locations, depicting brutality and real stories onscreen, once done with filming, Richa headed for therapy sessions with a psychologist to help her detach from the role.  

Speaking about the process, Richa said, "The story of the film was gruelling and emotionally exhausting. To imagine as actors for us to go through this process of enacting and living the life of these girls momentarily scars us, I can only imagine what would the girls in real life must be going through. For me it wasn't an easy process. To immerse into the role, live through those emotions, learn those realities and accept them to essay the role of Madhuri took its toll on me. We are lucky as educated people to have access to information and to facilities and I had to seek help of professionals who are psychologists and find therapeutic ways to get myself out of the character to resume my normal life. This character was more than just a role it was a life we had to lead and also pull out of it emotionally once we were through it". 

For an actor like Richa, she could remove herself gradually but for millions of girls, this is the story of their lives. Love Sonia is a crucial film to change the discourse around India's sex trafficking issue.

Recently, the makers of the film released a dialogue promo titled, 'Welcome To Mumbai'. This chilling promo of the hard-hitting story is sure to intrigue you.

Here is the link to the promo:

Directed by Tabrez Noorani, Love Sonia is all set to hit the screens on September 14.

Also Read: Sai Tamhankar Gained 10 Kg For Love Sonia

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