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 “
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.