I wasn’t ambitious when I left: Chitrangada
Chitrangada Singh talks to Farah Khan about item songs, the sex symbol tag and life in B-Town. After a four-year-long break and a baby (there were a few nondescript film roles and a TV show after), Chitrangada Singh is...bollywood Updated: Aug 02, 2012 18:37 IST
She was the talk of the town when she made her debut back in 2003 with Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. But then, she disappeared from the scene entirely. After a four-year-long break and a baby (there were a few nondescript film roles and a TV show after), Chitrangada Singh is back in Bollywood, this time with an item number choreographed by Farah Khan for the upcoming film, Joker. We listened in as Farah and Chitrangada chatted about films, family and everything under the sun.
Farah Khan: They call you the thinking man’s sex symbol… as if men really think (smiles).
Chitrangada Singh: I think you read my mind…
Farah: How does it feel to be called a ‘hottie’ after your first item song?
Chitrangada: It has been crazy. The only word that I keep reading every time a message comes is ‘hot’. And I’m like, maybe now they will say something about my dancing.
Farah: What’s your hubby’s (golfer Jyoti Randhawa) reaction to the item song?
Chitrangada: He said, ‘This is the hottest you’ve looked.’
Farah: Once you get married and have kids, it’s curtains for a female actor’s career in Bollywood. But you’ve come back after a break and a baby. Do you think times are changing, or do you still hear, ‘Nahi, usko mat lo’ (don’t cast her)?
Chitrangada: I don’t know if people out there are really saying it, but no one has said it to my face.
Why did you take a break? Was there pressure from your husband?
No, there was nothing like that. I don’t know how to react to the stories that go around. I feel that I wasn’t ambitious enough at that time.
: So how did you get ambitious later?
After having stayed away for four-and-a-half years, there were times when I would think, ‘Now what?’ That’s when I felt I should get back.
Have you struck the balance now (between films and family)?
There are good days and bad days (smiles).