Actress Chitrangada Singh, who began her showbiz journey with “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi”, says breaks affected her career to a large extent.
The dusky beauty, who gave the audience a dekko of her acting acumen, has not been able to make it to the top.
What’s holding her back? “Taking breaks took a toll on my career, I guess,”Chitrangada told IANS.
“You know, from when I started, my life has gone through phases where my priorities changed. Idebuted and then took a break for four years, and then I came back and again took a two years’ break.
“In the film industry, if you are not present when opportunity is coming your way, it will surely affect your career. That is what happened to me,” added the actress, who was earlier married to golfer Jyoti Randhawa.
A former model, who transitioned to be an actress in 2003, Chitrangada also featured in films like “Sorry Bhai!”, “Desi Boyz”, “Yeh Saali Zindagi”, “I, Me Aur Main” and “Gabbar Is Back”.
She reasoned that perhaps she did not push herself “enough to shine like a star”. “I think being talented is not enough to get work. Being available at the right time makes all the difference.”
Chitrangada believes in giving a little extra to her roles. “I think every character has its own energy; so when I am enacting a professor of a college it is very different from a prostitute. When I am building a character, apart from the script which is the backbone of course, I analyse certain things about the character I play.
“Somewhere I also put some element of me in it, as in some elements of ‘me’… But it is mostly the energy of the character that I try to build around.”
So, is this how she became an actor from a non-actor with her debut film?
“I think, firstly, I do not take myself that seriously. But the little learning that has happened over time is how to focus on character-building, how one can react to the same emotion differently.
“As an actor, that is my job — to perform, instead of being repetitive,” she said.
“There are two films coming up and both the characters are very different from one another.”
She is essaying diverse roles in her upcoming films “Bazaar” and “Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3”.
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