Chitrangada Singh, best known for her turn as the passionate Geeta in Sudhir Mishra’s 2003 Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, didn’t really deliver on the promise she showed in her debut film.
In Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, the story of three youngsters in the 1970s, Chitrangada Singh’s Geeta Rao – torn between the love of a revolutionary and a power fixer amid the backdrop of the Indian Emergency – won applause from critics as well as audiences.
But since then, she hasn’t been seen much- she appeared in the 2005 film , went on to take a break from her acting career from 2005 to 2008, then returned opposite Sanjay Suri and Sharman Joshi in Onir’s Both films didn’t do well at the box office.
Married to ace golfer Jyoti Randhawa, Chitrangada Singh says she took a break from the industry after Ruchi Narain’s Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow, because of personal reasons. Clarifying, she says, some magazines indicated that she was being assaulted and ill-treated by her husband and in-laws. Unable to deal with the yellow journalism, Chitrangada says she gave up and retreated to Gurgaon – a move she now says was “the dumbest thing” she ever did.
2010 promises to be different. Chitrangada Singh, currently the face of Garnier cosmetics and Aliva biscuits, is sitting pretty with three films up for release – Navdeep Singh’s Basra (with Abhay Deol) and Sudhir Mishra’s Dhruv (with Farhan Akhtar and Kareena Kapoor), and Dil Dar Badar (directed by Sudhir Mishra; co-starring Irrfan and Arunoday Singh).
Navdeep Singh’s Basra, which is produced by Abhay Deol and distributed by PVR Pictures, stars Abhay Deol, Nikhil Dwivedi, Shahana Goswami, Chitrangada Singh and Soniya Mehra. Set for a 2010 release, the movie is set in the Iraqi town of Basra and tells the story of drug runners from Mumbai and Delhi. Basra also spotlights Krav Maga, an Israeli form of self defense.
Abhay Deol reportedly spent weeks practicing the hand-to-hand deadly combat tactics that the Israeli martial arts form involves.
Dhruv is reportedly based on the life of Dwarka Prasad Mishra, former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, Dhruv will have Kareena Kapoor (an ordinary girl, the daughter of a police commissioner, and her journey to the top echelons of power) and Farhan Akhtar playing politicians while Chitrangada Singh plays an escort and
Sudhir Mishra has said that he is using several elements of his grandfather Dwarka Prasad Mishra’s character in Dhruv. He also said the plot has derived inspiration from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
In Dil Dar Badar, also directed by Sudhir Mishra, Chitrangada Singh plays a struggling rock star. Dil Dar Badar will hit the cinemas in October 2010.