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Richa likes to keep it real

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Playing Sarabjit’s wife in Omung Kumar’s biopic of Sarbjit Singh, Richa Chadha says playing real life characters interest her more.

SARBJIT the film is based on the life of an Indian farmer Sarabjit Singh, who strayed into Pakistan, and was convicted of terrorism and spying in Pakistan and sentenced to death.

Talking about real life characters, Richa says, “I am more interested in real life than a film. Therefore, when a film is made from real life incidents that seems to be more exciting for me. I am lucky to have that opportunity to portray a real life character as Sarbjit’s wife,” she said.


“SukhpreetKaur (Sarabjit’s wife) isn’t a famous character. Although, I did not have to learn the body language, mannerism for the role as Randeep (Hooda) had to. However, mentally, I had to prepare myself a lot. I take a lot of interest in preparing such kind of roles but as an actor, I would love to portray both, real character or fictional,” she added.

Drawing parallels between her previous role as a wife in GANGS OF WASSEYPUR and a wife in SARBJIT is next to impossible. Richa says her character in SARBJIT is that of a subdued wife. “The only similarity is that, in both the films the characters are ageing as the film proceeds. While my role in GANGS OF WASSEYPUR is a fiery, outspoken and a loud woman, here, I am a silent housewife whose husband isn’t present at home. She has to take the entire responsibility of her in-laws and her child. Sukhpreet is lively at first and gradually changes when she faces tragedy in her life.”

Apart from Richa, Randeep Hooda plays the role of Sarabjitin the film and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan plays the role of his sister Dalbir Kaur.