Despite making a debut with the commercial Garam Masala (2005), Neetu Chandra went on to pick low-budget films like Traffic Signal (2007) and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008). And now, she’s making a come back to commercial cinema with Anees Bazmee’s No Problem.
The actor, who plays a negative character in the film, says, “Even though the film revolves around the men —Anil Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Sanjay Dutt and Suniel Shetty — I have not been cast to add to the glam quotient. My character has shades of grey and I am one of the men in too.”
Being a basketball and Teakwondo enthusiast, picking up martial arts skills for the film “wasn’t difficult” for her. “I did round kicks, kick backs, flying kicks, 180 degree stretches and even jumped from a flight of stairs for a shot,” she says.
Sticking to her principle of experimentation, Chandra will next be seen playing a commercial sex worker in a rural setting in Gary Grewal’s Khusar Prasad Ka Bhooth. The film will also star Paresh Rawal and Randeep Hooda. “My character is an opportunist. Even though Khusar asks her to marry him, she wants to be a prostitute as she can have men dancing to her tune,” says Chandra, who will be seen doing a lot of jhatka matkas (dance moves), in her village belle look.
Talking about turning producer with a Bihari film called Desva, which is being directed by her brother Nitin, Chandra says, “A lot of big directors come from Bihar, but they only focus on the negativity of the state. I launched Champaran Talkies, my production house, as part of my satyagraha (movement for truth) to show Bihar in positive light.” The state’s chief minister recently announced Chandra as the youth icon of Bihar.