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Interview with Richa Gangopadhyay
Date: February 16, 2010, Hyderabad
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Sekhar Kammula is biased towards women when it comes to penning stories. Heroines in all his movies have strong-will and are independent. After making Bengali beauty Kamalinee Mukherjee a star in Telugu with Anand movie, Sekhar Kammula has cast another Bengali girl Richa Gangopadhyay as heroine in his 19 February release Leader. Read what Richa Gangopadhyay has to say about herself and Leader in this exclusive interview -

I am born in India and brought up in USA. I come from the family of musicians. I won Miss India USA crown in 2007. I moved to India a year and half back and started staying in Mumbai. I had also joined a course in Public Health and Nutrition in Mumbai. Bengali’s are fond of performing arts and I am no exception. I participated in theatre during my school time. I got trained Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares (a school for actors). I had also done numerous modelling commercials like Dabur Vatika, Peter England People, Medimix etc. I am also active in fashion scene and walked on ramps.

How did you get Leader project?
I was in Gym when I got a call from a coordinator that there is a requirement for a Telugu movie. I was unprepared and met the assistant director of Leader and he recommended me to Sekhar Kammula. I flew to Hyderabad to attend auditions on 20 March which also happens to be my birthday. I got selected instantly and it was my most memorable birthday. The shooting started just 2 days after that.

Tell us about your role in Leader?
I am playing CEO of a TV channel and I am also the daughter of a politician. I give a strong image from outside, but am vulnerable from inside. I am playing the love interest of CM. I act as a catalyst for hero’s change. I am like the character I play in real life too. Sekhar Kammula brought the role just for me. It appeals to my inner-self.

Tell us about Sekhar Kammula?
I heard horror stories about directors in the past and Sekhar Kammula is just opposite to what I heard about directors. He is sincere and humble. He is genuinely creative and has love for art and cinema. I saw Happy Days for seven times. I am honoured to be a part of Sekhar Kammula’s movie. Sekhar Kammula gives lot of importance to heroine characters in his movies. I am proud to be called as Sekhar Kammula’s latest heroine.

Tell us about the lanky hero RaNa?
RaNa is an all-rounder. He is a seasoned person and he brought lots of discipline and focus into the sets. He gave a lot of confidence to me. He has tremendous leadership qualities and he is similar to the character he is playing in Leader.

You are doing a course and public health and nutrition. Do you follow anything you had learnt at school?
I didn’t follow anything. I am a food lover and I love Andhra Pradesh cuisine. I feel that adequate sleep, diet and exercise is enough to keep us fit and healthy. I also realised the importance of Yoga and meditation recently.

What are your future projects?
I am a few projects lined up, but haven’t signed any so far. I want Leader to release first. I am planning to stay in Telugu if I get good roles. I don’t mind glamorous roles if the role has an importance.

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