As the trend of actors turning singers is going viral, here’s a top singer who is foraying into films. Sunidhi Chauhan is acting in a short film, called Playing Priya, directed by filmmaker Imtiaz Ali’s brother Arif Ali, who made his directorial debut with Lekar Hum Deewana Dil (2015) . The 32-year-old singer says that she now has a totally different take on acting.
“I respect actors a lot more now. When I faced the camera, I realised how much goes into making a film, be it a full length film or a feature film. The kind of patience and mental temperament you require, whether it is on or off camera, you just cannot forget your character. I have immense respect and love for actors . It was there before as well, but it has increased tenfold now.”
Initially, Sunidhi thought that working in a short film would be a cakewalk, only to be proved wrong.
“I said yes to doing a short film because I thought it’s just a five minute film and I can pull it off easily. At least it’s not a full length feature film. So, I thought I will be fine with it, but eventually I realised that if you want to do it seriously it is so much work. People who are serious about acting business must be giving an arm and leg for it.”
The singer, who has sung hit numbers such as Kamli, Sheila Ki Jawani and Sajna Ve Sajna, is now ready to take up acting as a full-fledged job.
“The gate is open. I am open to all kinds of roles and do proper films. Let’s see what comes my way,” says the singer.