July 17, 2012 13:47 IST
There was a time when actress Chitrangada Singh consciously stayed away from signing TV commercials and item numbers. But like they say, time and situation can trigger a change.
Her new item number has become a topic of conversation among film buffs. But very few people know that while shooting the track, the actress suffered from a knee injury, for which she was prescribed countless painkillers. In a candid tete-a-tete, Chitrangada comes clear on her image makeover and future projects.
Ques: Why suddenly an item number?
Chitrangada: Why not? What's the harm in trying new stuff? I was in Delhi and got a call from Farah Khan asking me if I could come over and listen to a song. I instantly liked the peppy number and we shot for it over the next five days.
Ques: Turns out the makers had to edit the lyrics of the number?
Chitrangada: Yes, I know. I don't see what the issue is though. Even while co-hosting IIFA, Shahid (Kapoor) informed me that the term 'fakht' is a Marathi word and used extensively in Mumbai.
Ques: Was Desi Boyz an attempt to fit into the Bollywood crowd?
Chitrangada: It's an easy presumption to make about an actress when she breaks out away from the crowd and tries to create an identity of her own. No doubt I love my work in Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi but having said that, if a director keeps doing action films, he'll get frameworked in his own field. And he'll definitely try to do comedy or something. That's precisely what I am doing.
Ques:Speaking of directors, you are working with Sudhir Mishra again...
It's a pleasure as well as an honour to be associated with him and he's one of those directors whom you can trust for performance-oriented characters.
Ques:Were you comfortable with the love scenes with Arjun Rampal in the film?
Chitrangada: Totally. Not only were the scenes an inseparable part of the film but they were aesthetically shot too. I was extremely comfortable because every inch of physical contact was planned and a lot of technicality and discussions went into the making.
Ques:Is it true that you'll be hosting a TV show?
Chitrangada: No. I don't have any such plan.
Ques: How do you juggle your time between your career and family?
Chitrangada: I somehow manage it because I am a superwoman. (Laughs) But then, everybody is managing time. Of course, I have my good days and bad days. Sometimes, I feel great and sometimes, terrible. But at the end of the day, I love doing what I do.
Ques: What exactly do you look for in a script?
Chitrangada: I love stories in which people are ordinary -- not all-positive or all-negative. Like in real life where we've got ambitions and weaknesses too.