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cinema Chitrangada Singh is back with Yeh Saali Zindagi

D espite making her foray into filmdom eight years ago, she is only four films old. Whether it is for her uncanny resemblance to yesteryear heroine Smita Patil or the flair with which she played the female lead in Sudhir Mishra's critically acclaimed “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi”, Bollywood's dusky beauty, Chitrangada Singh, invariably manages to stay in the news.

This time around, it's her upcoming movie “Yeh Saali Zindagi” (YSZ) that's the talk of the town. Directed by Sudhir Mishra, the film is a romantic thriller also starring Irrfan Khan and Arunoday Singh (of “Aisha” fame).

“It's a love story not only of the protagonist but of the baddie as well, so there are actually two parallel love stories that end up affecting each other. The thriller tangent is brought in where one gets to see how far one would go for love,” Chitrangada informs.

She will be seen playing a young, ambitious but struggling musician in the film. “My character, Priti, is selfish and she's the kind of person who takes advantage of the men she loves. She's madly in love with a guy who doesn't even love her but she's too blind to notice. She trusts him completely and will go the extra mile to be with him,” she divulges.

The actor says in real life she's a lot like Priti. “I'm dumb enough not to realise if someone's in love with me. I'm emotional but I'm also someone who believes in myself.”

Chitrangada is hoping the audience will love her rather unusual pairing with Irrfan, who she's completely in awe of. “He's a fabulous actor and a great co-star. There was so much to learn from him. The way our characters unfold on screen is beautiful. We complement each other.”

Apparently, the role Chitrangada plays in the movie demands that she wear the same outfit for most of the movie since Priti is kidnapped. She recounts: “There were many copies of the same dress made, in case my costume faced wear and tear, but I made sure I wore the same dress throughout so that even my clothes would grow with my character in due progress of the shoot.”

With yet another Sudhir Mishra film ready to hit the screens and one more in her kitty, it does appear as if Chitrangada Singh is to Sudhir Mishra what Shah Rukh Khan is to Karan Johar. “No, it isn't like that,” Chitrangada laughs, adding: “It's just that Sudhir is a very different director. His stories and characters are so offbeat and maybe he just sees me as someone who can make that character come to life. Also when you do a few films with someone, your camaraderie with that person makes you want to be a part of his work whenever possible.”

The doe-eyed beauty who took a three year sabbatical from Bollywood says: “The industry and the audience have been very kind to me to welcome me back with arms wide open. I'm blessed to be where I am right now and I hope to be leaving bigger, better and stronger impressions this time around.”

Some directors Chitrangada hopes she can work with include Vishal Bhardwaj, Sriram Raghavan, Farhan Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and David Dhawan.

She's working with Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham in Rohit Dhawan's “Desi Boyz”. There's Sudhir Mishra's “Dhruv” with Kareena Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar and an untitled project in which she will star opposite Arjun Rampal.

N. S.

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