Meet Chhaya Kadam, the Laapataa Ladies actor who has 2 films at Cannes Film Festival this year | Bollywood

Acclaimed for her part in Payal Kapadia’s ‘All We Imagine As Light’, Chhaya Kadam stood out at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, earning a rousing standing ovation. Chhaya, who previously excelled in a range of Hindi and Marathi cinema roles, has proven her acting dexterity. Delve into her background and hallmark performances. (Also read: Cannes Film Festival 2024: Critical Acclaim for India’s ‘All We Imagine As Light’)

Chhaya Kadam celebrated with applause at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Early Days of Chhaya Kadam

A native of Kalina, a central Mumbai suburb, Chhaya hails from a middle-class background. She honed her academic and athletic skills at Sathaye College in Vile Parle, where she even competed in state-level kabaddi, and obtained a degree in Textile Design. From her student days, Chhaya was driven by an enthusiastic passion for performance, acting on stage in both high school and college. She debuted on stage with Waman Kendre’s ‘Zulva.’ However, her onset into film with ‘Baimanus’ (2010) didn’t reach the public eye as the movie was unreleased.

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‘Sairat’ (2016)

In the groundbreaking film ‘Sairat’ by director Nagraj Manjule, Chhaya was seen as Suman Akka. Her captivating performance brought her nominations for Best Supporting Female Actor in both the Filmfare Awards Marathi and Maharashtracha Favourite Kon.

‘Nude’ (2018)

Chhaya’s remarkable role in Ravi Jadhav’s ‘Nude’ won her the Maharashtra State Film Awards for Best Supporting Female Actor. Her acting received widespread applause for its depth and realism.

‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ (2022)

Do you recall the ‘Dholida’ sequence? Chhaya is the one who dances with such freedom and joy, leaving Alia’s Gangu pleasantly surprised. Chhaya took on a vital role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, portraying Rashmibai. The film draws its roots from ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’, a book authored by S. Hussain Zaidi.

‘Laapataa Ladies’ (2024)

Chhaya’s portrayal of Manju Mai in Kiran Rao’s ‘Laapataa Ladies’ brought her to the limelight. Her character, the independent tea-stall proprietor, might not be at the forefront but plays a significant role in the narrative’s development. Manju Mai’s character brings attention to vital topics like economic independence for women and societal taboos indicative of gender bias.

‘Madgaon Express’ (2024)

In Kunal Khemu’s directorial debut ‘Madgaon Express’, Chhaya again impresses, this time as Kanchan Kombdi, a formidable criminal in the dark comedy.

Chhaya Kadam’s Thoughts on Her Cannes Emergence

Responding to the acclaim at Cannes, Chhaya shared her joy, saying, “This is a glorious period in my career and I’m savoring each moment without overthinking about the future.”

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