She might be just nine films old, but actor Chitrangada Singh has surely made a strong foothold in Bollywood through a varied repertoire of roles.
Be it reports about her marriage with golfer Jyoti Randhawa falling apart, or even anything related to her five-year-old son Zorawar, actor Chitrangada Singh is in no mood to discuss anything personal.
While she portrayed an intense character in Sudhir Mishra’s film, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003), she was seen sizzling on screen in the 2011 hit, Desi Boyz.
But success has not made the 37-year-old complacent. “I want to do more variety of roles... I want to try every possible genre,” says Chirangada, who was in the Capital to launch the fitness campaign, Gear Up Buddies, for Jabong.com and Puma.Understandably, stardom comes with a slew of fan following too, and Singh is no exception. Ask her who is her biggest fan or who has given her the best compliment ever, and she ponders for a while, before getting emotional.
"My mum gave me a ‘loooong’ hug after watching my first film, Hazaaron Khwaishein... and she’s not a very expressive person, so it was like a big thing for me when she told me that she was really proud of me after seeing my performance," says Singh, who is currently looking forward to her mentor, Sudhir Mishra’s next, Pehle Aap Janab, earlier called Mehrunnisa.
The film will see Bollywood biggies including Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor working alongside Singh.
"You know it’s only natural for people to be curious about the life of stars... I mean they do have the right to know about us, but often what we say is portrayed in the wrong manner," says the 37-year-old Jodhpur-born actor, who made a critically-acclaimed debut with Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, a decade back.
“I remember once this mediaperson asked me some personal questions in an interview, and I answered them in a friendly manner. Later I saw that only some parts of it came out! So it’s like you say some stuff, then people just pick up a line from it and then twist it and give their own interpretation to it. So now, even if I want to answer a particular personal question, I don’t, because I don’t know how it will be played out later,” says Singh, admitting that ‘personal queries’ have almost become a ‘must-ask’ cliché question that she’s always flooded with.
“You can only share so much of your personal life with the world, not every minute detail!” she says.