When actress Richa Chadha responded to the poster controversy for her upcoming film Madam Chief Minister on Friday, she said it was an “accidental oversight” and it was unfortunate.
The film’s poster, which was released on January 5, was slammed by many on social media for apparently stereotyping the Dalit community as Chadha’s character is shown with a broom in hand.
Some users had also complained about the use of the word “inviolable” in the poster.
In a statement, Chadha said the film was a “learning experience” for her.
“The first poster that was published was rightly and heavily criticized. What was a mere prop used by my character in a scene to me (and my privileged eyes) was a stereotypical representation of Dalits for many of our socialmediagossips, ”said the actor.
Although she didn’t play a role in the design of the movie poster, Chadha said the makers had accepted the criticism.
“You recognized this accidental mistake and accepted this criticism. They responded immediately by withdrawing the offensive poster and posting a new one the next day.
“It was a regrettable and totally unintentional oversight, not an intentional 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.
Chadha emphasized that the team had honest intentions behind the film and that everyone contributed with love.
“Tara, a vivacious woman, fights patriarchy, caste oppression, brutal violence and the usual betrayals of politics to get to the top and make change. And that with incredible dignity and courage.
“I could refer to their righteous anger. She talked to me. As the film is about to be released, I realize that I have to say goodbye to Tara. I also know that she will never leave my side entirely, ”the actor concluded.
Madam Prime Minister, supposedly loosely based on the life of former Uttar Pradesh Prime Minister Mayawati, is written and directed by Subhash Kapoor of Jolly LLB.
The film, produced by T-Series Films and Kangra Talkies, also shows Manav Kaul and Saurabh Shukla.