Meet The Extremely Talented Manu Rishi Chadha
The extremely talented Manu Rishi Chadha came to the city of dreams, Mumbai after working in theater in Delhi for 8 years. He started his acting career in Delhi with the Asmita theatre group and has acted in more than 40 plays with director Arvind Gaur. His major plays are Girish Karnad’s ‘Rakt Kalyan’, Mahesh Dattani’s ‘Final Solutions’, Swadesh Deepak’s ‘Court Martial’, William Shakespeare’s famous play ‘Julius Caesar’, Dharamvir Bharati’s ‘Andha Yug’, Dario Fo’s ‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’, Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Desire Under the Elms’ etc. His first film as a Bollywood actor was ‘Saathiya’ where he played role of a doctor.
His tryst with writing came after a chance meeting with renowned Piyush Mishra who encouraged him to take up writing as he had a flair for it and even recommended him further. Initially, he started writing jingles for AD films until he met director Dibakar Banerjee and as they say, the rest is history. After getting a lot of critical acclaim for his role as Dolly in ‘Oye Lucky Lucky Oye’, he went on to win the Filmfare award and IIFA Award for best dialogue. The acclaimed writer has further written for films like ‘Ek Deewana Tha’, ‘Aisha’, ‘Chance Pe Dance’, ‘Kya Dilli Kya Lahore’, ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’ etc and interestingly has also acted in most of them. His role as Samarth Pratap Shastri, an Indian soldier of Pakistan origin in the film, ‘Kya Dilli, Kya Lahore’ speaks volume of his acting prowess. He is currently writing for a film for actress Chitrangda Singh and ‘Sunderkand’, a film directed by Pooja Mishra and staring Irfan Khan and Taapsee Pannu in the lead roles. The writer believes that there is no difference between commercial and art house cinema and good cinema is always appreciated. He also goes on to say that the smaller films stand to benefit from the big budgeted ones. When asked about his views on love that Bollywood has managed to capitalize since time immemorial, the witty writer actor says, “Its easy to write, difficult to understand”.
We’ll now get to see Manu Rishi in the upcoming film, ‘Ekkes Toppon Ki Salaami’ which tells the story of two sons who set out to get their father what he dreamt of all through his life – the ultimate sign of respect. The movie, apart from Manu Rishi stars veteran actor Anupam Kher, Divyendu Sharma, Neha Dhupia, Aditi Sharma and Rajesh Sharma.
After playing the part of an actor/writer in the industry for so long, Manu Rishi has not ruled out the possibility of directing a film one day and says “Direction is definitely in the cards”