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Richa Chadha Faces Heat Over 'Madam Chief Minister' Poster

BP World Bureau | Jan 07 2021 11:41:27 AM
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MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Richa Chadha has been slammed over the poster of her upcoming film 'Madam Chief Minister' where she plays a Dalit woman who becomes the chief minister.

As per the reports, the movie is loosely based on the life of former chief minister Mayawati.

The criticisms came from Dalit and Bahujan communities who pointed out how the community is stereotyped in the poster where Chadha is holding a broom.

Netizens said that Mayawati was a teacher before she entered politics and the poster, stereotyping Dalits, is offensive. 

The poster also has the caption "untouchable, unstoppable" and people slammed the makers for trivialising the atrocities faced by Dalits in the form of "untouchability."

Chadha had requested people not to jump to conclusions before the film is out. She added that the movie is about CM Mayawati.

She was further slammed for sharing an open letter on Harpers.org that called for open debate and free speech. 

It was the same controversial open letter that was signed by author JK Rowling during the "anti-trans" controversy. 

Read: JK Rowling's Anti-Trans Views Trigger Row, Fans Donate To Different Causes 

Richa Chadha, who is known for her left-leaning views and dissenter of the Modi government, responded to some of the criticisms.