Richa Chadda is an Indian actress who has repeatedly garnered accolades through her consistent portrayal of unconventional characters in what is often cited as off-beat cinema. She made her bollywood debut in the comedy-drama film Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008). Inspite of favorable reviews in the debut film, her major breakthrough came only in 2012 with a two-part series crime film Gangs of Wasseypur. She was awarded the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress for her talent in the first installment of the same film.
Her foray into mainstream cinema began with a supporting role in the 2013 hit film Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela. Despite the relatively short screen time, she was nevertheless praised for the conspicuous presence she imposed. Furthering her prowess, she enjoyed critical acclaim and a standing ovation at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for her depiction of a girl in ‘morality crisis’ in the film Masaan (2015). The film has been sighted as a new milestone in her career and through it she is said to have created a niche for herself in the Hindi film industry.
Along side films,Richa who has nurtured her craft through theatre plays, went back to it, essaying a role of a married Delhi women in Trivial Disasters (2014). She claimed that doing plays are her way ‘to improve as an actor’.
Chadda was born on 18 December 1986.She was brought up in Delhi, India, to a Punjabi Hindu father and a Bihari mother.Her father owns a management firm and her mother is a professor at PGDAV College of Delhi University, who has authored two books and also works with Gandhi Smriti. After completing her schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya in 2002, Richa graduated with a Bachelors in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. Chadda later went on to get a PG Diploma in Social Communication Media from Sophia College, Mumbai.
Chadda began her career as a model and then she moved to theater. She has performed plays touring in India and Pakistan. Later, she also received her training under Barry John.