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Richa Chadha says anger over 'Madam Chief Minister' is 'misdirected'

As Bollywood actress Richa Chadha's latest film hit the theatres on January 22, the actress took to Twitter to address the controversy surrounding the movie's poster and representation. When the film's poster released on January 5, many netizens took to slamming it for allegedly showing the Dalit community in a stereotypical way as the actress' character is shown holding a broom in her hand. Some also had a problem with the usage of the word 'Untouchable' which was written across the poster. In a long statement shared on Twitter, the actress began by writing, 'Parting thoughts: The film releases across the country and abroad today. Still reading some very angry tweets, threads about myself, (not the film yet, no one has seen it). Some people are just venting. And that's ok. I am listening, learning... as I have been attempting to, for the past 2-3 years…' While Richa justified the anger over representation in the film, she also said that it was misdirected, as there were hundreds, if not more, involved in the movie. She said, 'Here, some thoughts on the representation debate, from my limited, self-admittedly privileged understanding. The anger is completely understandable, especially with the poster et al. I get it. I understand this anger. But as is often the case with anger, it is in fact misdirected since I am not the sole creator of this film. Hundreds if not thousands of people have worked on it.' She then said, 'I don’t even contest the fact that my performance will never ever be able to replicate the lived experience of a DBA actor. I am aware of that and it only made me work harder.' For the unversed, the film is written and directed by Subhash Kapoor of 'Jolly LLB' fame.

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