2011, Chitrangda Singh is convinced, will be a memorable year. The actor is upbeat about her first fully commercial movie, Desi Boyz, that opens on November 25. Chitrangda, who was approached when she was in class nine to play Smita Patil in a documentary, has been associated with the Smita-kind of serious cinema since she made her debut in Sudhir Mishra’s Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi in 2003.
“I decided I needed to break with a lighter role. And was surprised to discover while playing Tanya that comedy comes to me naturally. I’m really enjoying the new space,” she smiles, having shot for another rom-com, I Me Aur Main, and her first item number for Shirish Kunder’s Joker.
Finally, she’s being acknowledged as a ‘masala’ movie heroine even as she gears up for a pre-Partition period love story with mentor Sudhir, Mehrulnissa. If there are any regrets it’s that she had to opt out of two hugely-anticipated sequels that could have sent her stock rocketting.
Chitrangda was approached to play a mutant baddie in Rakesh Roshan’s Krrish 2 but after taking a course in accelerated freefall so she could pull off the sky-diving stunts, she bowed out, to be replaced by Jacqueline Fernandes. Eventually, even Jacqueline opted for Race 2 over Krrish 2 and it’s now going to Kangna Ranaut who will challenge the ‘desi’ Superman.
Chitrangda also dropped out of Race 2, to be replaced by Ameesha Patel in a musical chairs casting. Interestingly, this role, like Krrish 2, reportedly demanded a lot of skin show and sparked off serious doubts in the actor who is married to ace golfer Jyoti Randhawa and is the mother to four-year-old Zorawar. She, however, insists that the reason for her exit was date issues.
“They started shooting for Race 2 on November 8 and right now I’m committed to the Desi Boyz promotion. The Inkaar shoot in December also cut into the Krrish 2 schedule. It’s unfortunate that the dates overlapped,” she says, admitting there’s a little bit of a regret. “But I’m not sitting in a corner and moping. Why should I? I got to do so many new and different things this year. Thank God for all this.”