Days prior to the release of his latest directorial venture Mayakkam Enna a couple of months ago, director Selvaraghavan met press-persons during a meet-the-press event. He was effusive in his praise of his debutant heroine and said “Richa sure has come to stay here (in Kollywood) for a long innings. She possesses acting credentials like Meena, Khushboo and Simran and is surely someone to watch out!”
As it happened, Mayakkam Enna received loads of critical acclaim but didn’t scorch
the box-office with its collections. Richa then had another release in Simbu’s Osthe (remake of the successful Bollywood film Dabangg) which nose-dived at the box-office. As both the films weren’t ‘hit films’ the tag of an ‘unlucky’ actress looms large over Richa’s head.
Though Richa did a pretty decent job in Mayakkam Enna, she wasn’t flooded with offers. She proved in Osthe that she is equally adept in roles which required her to remain a glam-doll. Still, no offers seem to be coming her way. Queried about her Kollywood life, Richa says “It won’t be suffice if my character alone shapes up well in a script; it would be appreciated only if all other characters turn out to be equally good.
“Whatever offers I’ve been getting in Tamil haven’t been good enough for me to accept them. So, for the time being, I have no film in Tamil,” says Richa who refused a Hindi film offer by Susi Ganesan who wanted to cast Richa in Sonia Aggarwal’s role in the Hindi version of the Tamil hit film Thiruttu Payalae. She has, however, gone ahead and accepted Prabhudeva’s offer to star in an ‘item number’ in the latter’s latest Hindi film.
Richa would be swaying her hips to the ‘item number’ in Rowdy Rathore, which is the Hindi version of the Tamil super-hit film Siruthai. The film stars Akshay Kumar in the lead. Richa sure shows lots of flexibility by starring in an ‘item number’ in a Hindi film besides playing the lead role in a Bengali film!