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". 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. Furthermore the role led to Richa securing the Filmfare Best Telugu Actress Award for 2000.
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". 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".