The last movie she did was Sudhir Mishra‘s Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi.
Now, after a three-year hiatus, Chitrangada Singh is back as the sensuous Chandramukhi, in Sudhir Mishra’s Aur Devdas. The actor tells the media that, though she doesn’t want comparisons with Madhuri Dixit, she is longing to work with Aamir Khan! Read on…
# There was a time, when Mumbai was plastered with hoardings pleading you to return. Even if they were done for the sake of publicity, were you aware of such accolades?
A friend had mailed some pictures of those hoardings and I remember staring at my computer screen, for a long time. My mom, like others, said: ‘Oh! That’s just a publicity stunt!’ But something in me said that there was a genuine sentiment being echoed, in the lines. Of course, I felt very happy.
# Didn’t you feel sad too since you weren’t publicly soaking in the appreciation?
‘Sad’ wouldn’t be the right word. There was a knot in my stomach. Touchwood! The response has been the same now that I am back, after three years.
# Can we be privy to why you took a hiatus?
The reasons were personal. I was disappointed with a few people. There were certain things being said about me. I had to do the explaining to my family. But soon, such stories started affecting me and I decided to withdraw. Back then, I knew the craft of acting but was not capable of handling the business of cinema. Now that I have taken a break, I am on a more firm ground.
# What are the things about the industry that you’ve learnt?
There are no friends in this industry. You just have friendly acquaintances.
# You are playing Chandramukhi in Sudhir Mishra’s Aur Devdas. What’s there in the original storyline that touches you?
Pritish Nandy, who is producing Aur Devdas, says some stories need to be retold. Devdas, for me, is a tale of lament for love. Everyone, including Dev, Paro and Chandramukhi, are so painfully in love. The pangs kill you, burn you, and yet, you continue being in love and crying for something, you can’t really call your own.
# What if comparisons begin, between you and Madhuri, in terms of the common C-factor (read comeback and Chandramukhi)?
My role is very different from that essayed by Madhuri. I am not a nautch girl. I’m a socialite, who is much more in control of herself. I socialise in high-profile political parties, wear designer dresses and don’t dance like a nautch girl. The spirit of Chandramukhi remains the same. Madhuri is far more experienced and senior and I wouldn’t want comparisons.
# How did you get rid of the fear plaguing star-turned-moms, that the male audience might not fantasise about them anymore?
Nothing can stop a person from growing. Look at Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Catherine Zeta Jones, who are juggling motherhood with their careers. Don’t copy Western ways. But be modern in your thinking. Stereotypes exist only in the head. Audiences too are growing. Male actors are all married and women still fantasise about them. In real life, does it ever matter, if a woman is married or not for a man to fantasise about her?
# Is there anything that you’ll not be doing in your second innings?
No bikini shoots and kisses for me!
# Your team from Hazaaron Khwaishen Aisi – Sudhir, Shiney and Kay Kay – are doing so well…
I’m very happy with Shiney’s work. Kay Kay too was so good in Metro, and I must tell him that it needed guts to play a character like his. I can talk about Sudhir’s growth as a director, only once, I start working with him.
# What is your husband’s contribution in your comeback decision?
He has always been there.
# Any actor you’d fancy being paired with?
Are you reading this, Aamir?