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My personal life is not up for discussion: Chitrangada Singh

Chitrangada Singh on her move to commercial films, music, family and more

How has the drift been from off-beat films to commercial?
Performance-wise it differs. In an off-beat film, you have to be brave about story-telling. Whereas, a commercial film is mostly like a fairy-tale. What matters to me is a good film — the classification of movies like offbeat or commercial don’t make much of a difference. I will never choose a favourite. A film like Kahaani is what I would love to do in future as it has so much to offer.

How was it doing an item number Kaafirana, considering we have never seen you putting on your dancing shoes before this?
It wasn’t easy at all. The entire thing made me so nervous.The stage was so huge and there were 700-800 people on location as the item number in Joker, had to be shot in a village set-up. It was at Farah Khan’s suggestion that I took it up and on the D-day — I asked her ‘You think I can do it?’ and she encouraged me by saying ‘You sure will, girl!’. I also learnt that you are not supposed to be self-conscious of your body when you are doing such a number as you’re the girl everyone’s going to be dreaming about in those five minutes and you’ve got to be at your best. The most important thing an actress needs to do when she shakes a leg for an item song is to learn how to transform yourself from being an ordinary girl to a glam diva! It was a good learning experience for me.

And you also turn a singer.
Not really. In fact, I never thought I could even sing. I did sing a bit in Sudhir Mishra’s Yeh Saali Zindagi and somewhere it got noticed too. Although, this is one full-fledged song by me and brought into limelight for its controversy over its lyrics being changed from I Want Fakta You to I Want Just You. The Marathi word ‘Fakta’ means ‘Only’ which created unneccesary controversy. And since the movie was rated ‘U’, we didn’t want any censorship troubles because of one song.

What’s next in the pipeline?
Currently, I’m dubbing for Sudhir Mishra’s Inkaar. That apart, I’m also shooting for I, Me Aur Main directed by Kapil Sharma.

You never like to talk about your family — be it about your husband Jyoti Randhawa or son Zorawar. Why is that?
I always get misquoted whenever I talk about my personal life. Any misquote can really affect my personal life, so I prefer to maintain silence. I’m part of the Hindi film industry because of my work. So I let my work do the talking rather than talking about my personal life.


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