'Madam Chief Minister' poster row: Regrettable, unintentional oversight, says Richa Chadha
Though she had no role in the designing of the film's poster, Chadha said the makers have taken the criticism in their stride. "Madam Chief Minister", which is said to be loosely based on the life of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, is written and directed by Subhash Kapoor of "Jolly LLB" fame.
Actor Richa Chadha, reacting to the poster controversy of her upcoming movie "Madam Chief Minister", on Friday said it was an "unintentional oversight" and it was regrettable.
The film's poster, which was released on January 5, was slammed by many on social media for apparently showing the Dalit community in a stereotypical way as Chadha's character is shown holding a broom in her hand. Some users had also taken umbrage over the use of the word "untouchable" in the poster.
. @RichaChadha in & as #MadamChiefMinister. The movie showcases the journey of a girl from village becoming a political legend!— Urban Asian (@UrbanAsian) January 15, 2021
Releasing on 22nd January 2021.@subkapoor @saurabhshukla_s #ManavKaul @TSeries @KangraTalkies @jollynarenkumar@Akshay0beroi pic.twitter.com/3lP0EfiVM1
In a statement cited by PTI, Chadha said the film has been a "learning experience" for her. "The first poster that was released faced severe criticism, rightly so. What to me (and my privileged eyes) was a mere prop used by my character in a scene, came across as a stereotypical portrayal of Dalits for many of our people," the actor said.
It’s almost time for Tara Didi to open the wings of her ambitions and soar high in the sky@saurabhshukla_s #ManavKaul @TSeries #BhushanKumar #KrishanKumar @subkapoor @KangraTalkies @jollynarenkumar @dkh9 @Akshay0beroi #ShubhrajyotiBarat pic.twitter.com/2KqEYPySs7— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) January 15, 2021
Though she had no role in the designing of the film's poster, Chadha said the makers have taken the criticism in their stride.
"They realised this inadvertent error and took this criticism in their stride. They responded immediately by retracting the objectionable poster and by releasing a new poster the very next day. "It was a regrettable and a completely unintentional oversight, not a deliberate insinuation. We are sorry. Our heart is in the right place. Hopefully, you will see that for yourself when you watch the film," the actor added, said PTI.
Chadha stressed that the team has honest intentions behind the movie and they all have contributed to it with love. "Tara, one feisty oddball of a woman, fights patriarchy, caste oppression, brutal violence along with the usual betrayals of politics, to rise to the top and affect change. And she does so with incredible dignity and courage.
"I could relate to her righteous rage. She spoke to me. As the film nears release, I am becoming aware that I have to say goodbye to Tara. I am also aware that she will never entirely leave my side," the actor concluded. "Madam Chief Minister", which is said to be loosely based on the life of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, is written and directed by Subhash Kapoor of "Jolly LLB" fame.
Produced by T-Series Films and Kangra Talkies, the film also features Manav Kaul and Saurabh Shukla.