Thanks to a serious role in her debut movie Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Chitrangada Singh feels she is being typecast. She is looking to play a character that will allow her to sing and dance Bollywood style.
"It has been so difficult for me to come out of the shadow of my character Geeta Rao in Hazaaron... I am not complaining, but the problem is the way you have been portrayed in your debut movie; you get stuck in an image," Chitrangada, 27, told IANS in an interview.
"Despite this, I am very fond of Geeta Rao. But at the same time, I am very much looking for a change and would love to do a regular Bollywood film with a lot of song and dance, and, yes, my role has to be meaty," she added.
Chitrangada was in the capital to announce the launch of fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger's exclusive customer loyalty programme. The actress, who was last seen in Sorry Bhai and also did the movie Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow, says she is a very good dancer and is looking forward to doing all kinds of roles.
"I have been dancing all my life. Acting happened just by chance, though it sounds cliched, it is a fact. If not an actor, I would have been a fashion designer," admitted Chitrangada.
Married to Indian golfer Jyoti Randhawa, this gorgeous woman is often compared with the legendary Smita Patil, courtesy her looks. Chitrangada takes that as a compliment but says it is not a good idea to compare her with the latter.
"I know where I am and where she (Smita Patil) is. It is a huge compliment to be compared with her, but the problem is that if my film doesn't do well then the media starts saying negative stories. So it's like one day I am like Smita Patil and the next day I am not. It just hurts," explained Chitrangada.
Chitrangada is again working with Sudhir Mishra - who directed her in Hazaaron... - in a yet-to-be titled movie. "Apart from Mishra's movie, there are two more projects and the announcement will be made in March. So I feel it is too early to talk about it," she said.
Talking about her role in Mishra's new movie, Chitrangada said: "I am playing a singer who plays the guitar. It is a different role and I hope it will break the assumption of me doing serious roles only."
Apart from movies, endorsements are also keeping the actress busy. Currently she is the face of Garnier and Aliva biscuits. According to Chitrangada, associating with a credible brand helps Bollywood stars reach out to more people.
Describing her personal style statement as classical, Chitrangada said: "I don't like bling in clothes. I like to wear something that is classical as well as contemporary."