The trailer of ‘Madam Chief Minister’, a political drama film, starring Richa Chadha was released on the internet on Wednesday. The film has been written and directed by Subhash Kapoor, who is known for directing Jolly LLB, and co-produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Naren Kumar, and Dimple Kharbanda. The film also stars Saurabh Shukla, Manav Kaul, and Akshaye Oberoi.
What does the trailer show?
In the trailer, we get to see the protagonist, Richa Chadha, playing the role of a young woman who rises to power in the political world. She very amazingly portrays a woman’s journey into attempting to break down the caste system, whilst fighting against sexism. She is shown overcoming the obstacles on her way to becoming the Chief Minister and working for the upliftment of lower classes and women. She is seen donning short hair throughout the movie.
A few days ago, Richa Chadha shared the first look poster of the film, in which she can be seen holding a broom in her hand with a powerful expression on her face. The tagline on the poster read: “Untouchable, Unstoppable.”. “Glad to present to you all, my new movie #MadamChiefMinister, a political drama about an ‘untouchable’ who hustles and makes it big in life!”, Richa Chadha wrote, as she shared the poster.
Glad to present to you all, my new movie #MadamChiefMinister, a political drama about an 'untouchable' who hustles and makes it big in life! Out in cinemas on 22nd January! Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/7dXDY1KRIX— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) January 4, 2021
Talking about her role, Richa Chadha said in a statement, “This is such an incredible story of an unlikely leader who defies all norms, all societal expectations to become a chief minister like no other. I’m extremely grateful I got entrusted with such a layered character. As actors, such amazing scripts are hard to come by. I have learned a lot about Indian society and politics via this film. I sincerely hope the audience enjoys it as much as we have.”
Even though the film is said to be completely fictional, people can’t help but notice that the role Richa Chadha is playing in the movie has a striking resemblance with UP’s former Chief Minister Mayawati, and there is a possibility that the story has been inspired by her.
Despite receiving a lot of compliments, and having people look forward to her work, Richa Chadha also received a lot of backlash for using the term ‘untouchable’ so casually, since it is a sensitive term.
Jyotsna Siddharth, an actor, and activist, who runs a digital platform called “Project Anti-Caste, Love” to create awareness about how casteism manifests in intimate relationships, tweeted, “What does ‘Untouchable Unstoppable’ mean? Why was this tagline used at all? ‘Untouchable’ is not the word to be used as the community itself doesn’t represent themselves like that. How long (will) the industry directors and producers continue to create such shameful taglines and misrepresent?”
Even her holding a broom in her hand in the poster sparked a line of criticism as most people saw it as casteist. On top of it, people noticed the lack of Dalit representation in a movie that is supposed to be for the upliftment of the lower caste.
Over the years, Bollywood in the guise of breaking caste barriers and making progressive cinema has furthered caste prejudices and solidified symbols associated with discrimination.— Deepish M (@theKARUNA_virus) January 4, 2021
What does a Dalit leader going on to become CM have to do with holding broom?#MadamChiefMinister https://t.co/43ela4S78A
UCs(who claim to be secular,liberal) understanding of casteism is always flawed. Apparently everybody wants to make movies on Dalits these days because it's profitable and they in turn do more harm to the community.— Dalit lives matter💙 (@_discreetmind) January 4, 2021
More about the movie can only be said once it is released. The date set for the movie’s release is 22nd January 2021.
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