Richa Pallod

Richa Pallod

Richa Pallod at Tell Me O Kkhuda Trailer Launch

Richa Pallod at Tell Me O Kkhuda Trailer Launch
Born (1980-08-30) 30 August 1980
Bangalore, India
Occupation Actress, Model, Voice Artist
Years active 1997–present

Richa Pallod (born 30 August 1980) is an Indian model and film actress who has been featured in Indian films. After appearing as a child artiste in Lamhe (1991), she appeared in an award-winning role in Nuvve Kavali (2000), her first film in Telugu. She has appeared in several low-budget Hindi films with her most notable appearance being in Yashraj Films' Neal 'N' Nikki (2005). Her roles in Tamil films Shahjahan (2001) and Unakkum Enakkum (2006) are noted whilst she has also featured in Kannada and Malayalam language films.


Richa made her entry into films with a minute role as a child artiste in the film Lamhe (1991) and then Pardes (1997). She started modelling at the age of 16, has featured in over five hundred commercials and appeared in Falguni Pathak's music videos "Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi" and "Piya Se Mil Ke Aaye Nain".[1] Richa made her film debut in the Telugu film, Nuvve Kavali (2000), opposite Tarun, whom she had previously appeared with in a commercial shot by Rajiv Menon. The film, which portrayed love between two childhood friends in college, became a large commercial success and won favourable reviews with claims that Richa "did not seem like a debutant" in her role.[2] Furthermore the role led to Richa securing the Filmfare Best Telugu Actress Award for 2000.[3][4]

She made her debut in Tamil cinema, playing the lead role opposite Vijay in Shajahan. The film was really appreciated by critics and Richa's performance was noted to have "done little good".[5] Her second Tamil film was Alli Arjuna, directed by noted film maker Saran featuring Manoj Bharathiraja. Richa played the role of an independent girl being romantically pursued by Manoj, but once again received unfavourable reviews with reviewers citing that "you do not feel for Richa".[6]

Her first Hindi film as a senior artiste was opposite Fardeen Khan in Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein with the film has become a failure. Richa claimed that the lack of promotion of the project might have been the reason of the dull response towards the film. Her subsequent Hindi films within the next two years, which includes two films opposite actor Rakesh Bapat, were low-budget projects and did not fare well at the box office. Similarly her projects in Kannada Cheppale and Jootata opposite Sameer Dattani also failed commercially, with reviews criticising Richa's performance in the latter film.[7] Richa went on to appear in Yashraj Films' Neal 'N' Nikki featuring Uday Chopra and Tanisha, playing the role of Sweety.[8][9] After several of her previous ventures failed to succeed, Richa was forced to appear in a supporting role in Unakkum Enakkum.[10]

Richa went on to claim that poor public relations and lack of promotion led to her disappearance from films before returning in 2009, with her first appearance in a Malayalam film in the Mammootty starrer, Daddy Cool. Playing the role of Annie Simon, mother of an eight-year-old, her role won critical acclaim and the film was a commercial success.[11][12] In 2010 she appeared in the Telugu language film, Inkosaari alongside Raja and Manjari Phadnis. However the film failed to succeed commercially as it was released alongside the hit film, Ye Maaya Chesaave, which went on to attract more viewers.[13] Towards the end of her career as a lead actress, Richa featured in the making of two low-budget unreleased Tamil films, Nalvaravu and Kadhal Kalvan. In 2011, she was chosen to be one of the Hindi-dubbing artists for Hindi dubbed format of Hollywood film, X-Men: First Class, when it was released in theatres, shortly after its North American release, dubbing for Rose Byrne's role as Moira MacTaggert.[14]

Richa took a sabbatical from acting for a few years after her marriage, before appearing in Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka (2015), portraying a supporting role.[15]


Year Film Role language Notes
1991 Lamhe Pooja Hindi Child artiste
1997 Pardes Hindi
2000 Nuvve Kavali Madhu Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress
2001 Prematho Raa Telugu Cameo appearance
2001 Chiru Jallu Radhika Prasad Telugu
2001 Shahjahan Mahe Tamil
2001 Manasista ra Telugu
2002 Alli Arjuna Savithri Tamil
2002 Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein Mangala Solanki Hindi
2002 Holi Sandhya Telugu
2003 Tumse Milke Wrong Number Mahi Mathur Hindi
2003 Kadhal Kirukkan Maha Tamil
2004 Agnipankh Surbhi Hindi
2004 Kaun Hai Jo Sapno Mein Aaya Mahek Hindi
2004 Chappale Janu Kannada
2005 Jootata Nandini Kannada
2005 Neal 'N' Nikki Sweety Hindi
2006 Something Something ... Unakkum Enakkum Lalitha Tamil
2008 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Dance Instructor Hindi
2009 Daddy Cool Annie Simon Malayalam
2010 Inkosaari Deepa Telugu
2011 Tell Me O Khuda Hindi
2015 Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka Priya Tamil/Telugu


  1. The Sunday Tribune – Spectrum. (22 August 2004). Retrieved on 14 April 2012.
  2., Movies: The Rediff Review: Nuvve Kavali. (7 December 2000). Retrieved on 14 April 2012.
  3. "Glitzy Filmfare awards nite in Hyderabad". The Times of India.
  4. "Vishnuvardhan, Sudharani win Filmfare awards". The Times of India.
  5. Shahjahan. The Hindu. 23 November 2001
  6., Movies: The review of Alli Arjuna. (15 February 2002). Retrieved on 14 April 2012.
  7. MLN (30 August 2009). "Richa and R.P. in Kannada film". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  8. The surprise package of Neal N Nikki. (6 December 2005). Retrieved on 14 April 2012.
  9. Neal 'n' Nikki (2005) | Movie Review, Trailers, Music Videos, Songs, Wallpapers. Bollywood Hungama (9 December 2005). Retrieved on 14 April 2012.
  10. Richa plays Trisha’s friend. (27 January 2006). Retrieved on 14 April 2012.
  11. George, Vijay (7 August 2009). "Model mother". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  12. "Richa is back!". The Times of India. 20 November 2009.
  13. Inkosari Telugu Movie Review. IndiaGlitz. Retrieved on 14 April 2012.
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