I am real, not bold: Chitrangada Singh
Her choice of films and roles have earned her the 'bold' tag in Bollywood but actress Chitrangada Singh feels she is real and much more subtle than other heroines.
"I don't think I am bold. It is not the right word. I am not physically bold but very strong headed. I am not a 'sati savitri'. I am more real in that sense and I feel that way I am bold. There are lot more bold scenes in other films done by other actresses. But I am very proud of my choices," Chitrangada said in an interview.
The 36-year-old actress made a successful debut with the critically acclaimed film "Hazaaron Khwaishen Aisi" in 2003 and followed it up with other off-beat films like "Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow", "Sorry Bhai" and "Yeh Saali Zindagi".
And she says she is bothered by the fact that only a certain kind of roles are offered to her by some directors.
"Having a particular image does bother me. I hate being boxed and have others thinking I can only be a part of certain kinds of films and do particular roles. I want to do everything and I am happy that there are good directors who are giving me something different," she says.
Chitrangada officially forayed into commercial cinema with Rohit Dhawan's "Desi Boyz" opposite Akshay Kumar in 2011 and then followed it up with an item number in Shirish Kunder's "Joker" last year.
"I was trying to do something different and so I did the song 'Kafirana'. It was something that no body expected me to do. I also did a very commercial 'Desi Boyz'. I would love to do both kind of films - commercial and off-beat. It is ideal to be in the middle and take your chances," she says.
The actress has reunited with director Sudhir Mishra for the third time - after "Hazaaron Khwaishen Aisi" and "Yeh Saali Zindagi" - for her next "Inkaar", which deals with the issue of sexual harassment at the work-place.
When asked why she said yes to the film, Chitrangada said, "I don't always agree to whatever he says because I feel if I agree for the sake of it, I will end up doing bad and he will end up making a bad film. It does not help anyone.
"When he came up with this film, I was very drawn towards the character. She is so powerful, equal, vulnerable and a very real girl."
In the film, Chitrangada plays the creative director of an advertisement agency, who files a case of sexual harassment against her boss, played by Arjun Rampal. The film hits theatres on January 18.
"My character Maya is very layered. I absolutely relate to her. She is like any girl. She slowly starts to learn what office politics is all about. She gets into a relationship and then she manipulates a little bit.
"She is ambitious and emotional at the same time. She is not afraid to be wrong. There is a seven-year journey. The film is from two perspective - a man's and a woman's. But in the end it is a great modern day love story," she adds.
Ever since the announcement of the film, there were lot of talks about the good-looking lead pair and their sizzling chemistry was very evident when the first promo of the film was launched.
"Well shooting with Arjun was not that sizzling and hot. It was a tough shoot but it was good working with him. He was very involved on the sets. There was as a great comfort level. I really think chemistry is not something you can work on. It is either there or not there. So for us it was very natural and we just got along," said Chitrangada. PTI