Richa Gangopadhyay, born as Antara Richa Gangopadhyay, was born on March 20, 1986, in New Delhi, to Utpal and Paula Gangopadhyay. In 1989, her parents shifted to the US, and she was brought up in Pennyslvania and Michigan after spending more than a year in Coimbatore due to work reasons. In the US, she attended the Okemos High School and went on to major in Dietetics and Health Administration from Michigan State University.

Richa made her debut in a Telugu film “ Leader” in 2010. She also worked in some commercially successful projects like “Mirapakkay” and “ Mirchi” in 2013. She did a Tamil movie in 2011, named “ Mayakkam Enna,” which got her a lot of positive reviews from the industry. She says she was always interested in any sort of art forms, be it dance, painting, acting, anything. Being the only daughter of her parents, she was motivated by her parents to pursue her own passions.

Richa’s career started from modeling, where she started participating in beauty pageants, since 2005. She recalls, she used to participate in contests like Miss India USA just like that and also because her parents and cousins used to push her for them. In 2007, she participated and won the Miss Michigan Contest, which gave her direct entry to Miss India USA. It was the same year when she won the 26th annual Miss India USA Pageant, held in New Jersey. 

Richa also won the Miss Congeniality title during the pageant. This developed her interest in the field, and motivated her to work hard for Annual Miss India contest in Johannesburg, in 2008, she decided to pack her bags, and leave for Mumbai, to follow her dream of acting in Bollywood. 

From Anupam Kher’s acting school, she earned a diploma degree in acting. Subsequently, she earned a lot of offers from Bollywood, as well as various commercials. Initially, she took it slow, by taking up commercials, sometimes beside Preity Zinta, or sometimes figuring in Raymods ads. However, a breakthrough was the Telugu film “Leader,” by AVM Productions. She played the role opposite Rana Daggubati, who was new at that time in the industry. She recalls in one of the interviews, how she been recommended to the director Sekhar Kammula, by one of the assistant directors, and how she had to go to Hyderabad for auditions on her birthday.

Richa says that her favorite and the best gift that she must have got as of now was signing for the movie and starting to shoot in next two days. Seeing the success of the film, P.Vasu signed her for a sequel to his film “ Chandramukhi” which released in 2005. Other than “Mayyakam Enna” with Dhanush, which was a drama related to marriage, in 2011, she also worked in a movie called “Osthe,” a Tamil remake of the Hindi movie “ Dabangg.” The movie was produced by Dharani, and Richa was seen in the character Neduvaali, opposite Silambarasan.

As Bengali is Richa’s mother tongue, she says, when she got an opportunity to work in the Bengali film industry, she didn’t want to lose the opportunity. She was seen in the movie “Bikram Singha” opposite the famous superstar of Bengali cinema, Prosenjit Chatterjee in 2012. The movie was a remake of a Telugu movie “ Vikramarkudu.”

Richa says language was never a barrier for her, and she is every ready to learn new languages. When asked whether she will eventually learn Tamil because she is in the industry for quite some time, she says she will pick up the language quite fast, as she was raised for some time in Coimbatore. As of now, she is pursuing her MBA program in the US, as reported on her account on a micro-blogging site. 

Richa Ahuja Hindi Actress

Richa Ahuja

Richa Ahuja was born and brought up in New Delhi. She is a prolific actress, who has been in the industry since 1992. Daughter of a vocalist Shushma Ahuja and a Pakistani Hindu, Richa has had a very liberal background during her childhood. She has been active in the field of theater since childhood. She first appeared in “Praying with Anger.” The movie released in 1991.  It is a demonstrative English film, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It was the debut movie of Shyamalan when he was a student. Richa moved to Chennai, where she acted in many Hindi and English theater projects. Trained by Ebrahim Elkazi, who founded the National School of Drama in New Delhi, she was associated with him as well as his projects for the longest time. Ebrahim formed the Living Theatre Academy for Drama, and Richa worked in six productions of the academy. After featuring in his plays, she started getting offers from Hindi television series. She got offers to work in some series like “Parampara” “Safar” “Sathya” and “Shanti”. Subsequently, she got offers to work on the small screen again, but now with the Tamil industry. She collaborated with a Tamil serial called “Suzhal,” then went on to feature in “Oviyam” and “Panam Penn Pasam”. Bored with her small-screen presence, Richa wanted to try her luck on the big screen. She had been expecting things to materialize with Mani Ratnam, which did not work out for her eventually.  In 1998, Richa featured in her mother’s directorial debut opposite Ajith Kumar. It was a romantic film, “Uyirudo Uyiraga” based on a real-life story of the 1990’s. Richa could only take up the role because one leading actress had problems fixing the date. Richa was disheartened that she was not the first choice for the role but one of her mother’s colleague, with who she had worked in one of the movies, motivated her to take up the project. Later the film got a lot of appraisals from the audience.  Richa was also involved with a French theater that did an adaptation of Girish Karnad’s “Hayavadana”. She later went on to become a part of the stage plays, moved to France, and learned the language. In total, she did more than 45 stage shows of the play. She later worked in a French film named “Le Mystere Parasuram.” The production worked on the project for two years.

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Richa Pallod

Richa Pallod is an Indian-born model and actress who works in the Hindi as well as the South Indian Film Industry. Born on August 30, 1980, in Bangalore, she was raised there as well. Richa appeared in the film industry, as a child artiste, in the film “Lamhe,” in 1991 and subsequently, we saw Richa in Shah Rukh Khan starrer “Pardes” in 1997.  As a model, Richa started taking up projects since she was 16. She did many commercials and soon became a familiar name in the same. She also figured in Falguni Pathak’s music videos namely “Piya Se Milke Aaye” and the famous “Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi” which became a favorite song for everybody. In 2000, she debuted in Telugu alongside Tarun in “Nuvve Kavali”. The movie was critically acclaimed by many, making her a sought after actress in the film industry. She got her first Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award in Regional movies, for Telegu segment, in 2000. There was no looking back for her, since then. She made her debut in Tamil film industry with “Shahjahan,” besides Vijay, playing the lead role. The film did average at the box office, as well as it was not appreciated much by the critics. Her second film in Tamil was opposite a newbie that time, Manoj Bharathiraja. The movie was “Alli Arjuna” directed by Saran, a noted director in Tamil Industry. The role was quite convincing as she played an independent girl who was romantically pursued by the lead actor. The film failed to do more than average at the box office. Richa ventured into the Hindi cinema industry, first opposite Fardeen Khan in “Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahe” which failed to make any impact in the box office. In one of her interview, she said, it was the lack of pomp and show and lack of outreach amongst the audience that the film was not a success at the box office. In next two years, from “Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahe” flop, she got many offers, but all were low budget films and did poorly at the box office. This can be termed as the worst phase for the actress, as her two films in Kannada, “Cheppala” and “Jootata” alongside Sameer Dattani, too did not fare well. Next Richa featured in a YashRaj Production, as Sweety in “Neal N Nikki” opposite the main leads, Uday Chopra, and Tanisha Mukherjee. Later she was also seen in “Unnakum Ennakum”.  The year 2009 was a breather for the actress, as she starred alongside Mamooty in a Malayalam movie “Daddy Cool,” which was not only critically acclaimed, but her acting was also appreciated. In 2010, she took up some low budget projects in Telugu language, like “Inkoosari” where she was cast opposite Manjari Phadnis and Raja. “Ye Maaya Cheesave” was a commercial hit, so people liked to see her more in this rather than the former movie. By 2011, she got offers for dubbing, some of the notable one’s being Hindi dubbing project for a Hollywood movie “X-Men: First Class” where she dubbed for the character Moira Mc Targgert. She acted in “Yagavarinum Naa Kakka” in 2015. After her marriage, she has been on sabbatical, for quite some time. 

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Richa Pallod Hindi Actress