Chitrangada happy to make foray into commercial cinema

Last Updated 22 November 2011, 06:29 IST

Chitrangada dazzled with her performance and arresting looks in Sudhir Mishra's 'Hazaron Khwahishen Aisi' (2003) and her second film 'Kal' in 2005. But then she vanished from the big screen for three years and returned with director Onir's film 'Sorry Bhai' in 2008 followed by Mishra's another film 'Yeh Saali Zindagi' this year.

"What is different about commercial films is there are so many changes like there is so much of make-up, different hair styles, slow motion shots etc. The exciting part was you glam-up for a role, you dance, you have those fantastic clothes, high heels and that whole girly thing," Chitrangada told PTI in an interview.

"In the end a girl is a girl, we all love these things. I had a great time doing all this," she said. Chitrangada is officially foraying into commercial cinema with Rohit Dhawan's 'Desi Boyz' opposite Akshay Kumar.

"I don't think it is like a plan that I would do now do commercial films. I enjoy it and I hope I can carry it forward. Its a good shift. Like I did off beat films for some time and now I will to do this for some time, she said.

Ask her about promotional strategies for both kind of cinema, Chitrangada, feels, commercial cinema brings in more recognition and connects with a larger audience. "Promotions are stronger for commercial films. The numbers, the budget is high for marketing, there is a proper team. When there is a niche film you do it on that level. It is a great and different experience," she said.

Citing an example, Chitrangada said, "Like during one of our promotional tours, the kind of response that Akshay and John got was insane, incredible. I was like surprised, got cold feet..thousands of people jammed in a mall."

Contrary to what you expect of Chitrangada, considering her on-screen image, she dons a glamorous look in yet-to-be released film 'Desi Boyz'. She has recreated the sexy and stylish college professor look for the movie.

Since her character required her to look edgy, smart, stylish and yet mature, her stylist gave her fringes for her hairdo. "I play Tanya Sharma, a professor at the Oxford University. Akshay's character Jerry and Tanya have a past. When Tanya was a student, Jerry was her senior and she had a huge crush on him. He comes back to complete his studies while Tanya has rejoined the college as a professor. Whenever Jerry is around, everything goes into slow motion," Chitrangada said.

'Desi Boyz', also starring John Abraham and Deepika Padukone, releases on November 25. Earlier, the actress has rejected many of the important roles that were offered to her like the female lead in the 'Krrish' sequel and also the lead in the 'Race' sequel.

Now that she has ventured into commercial cinema, the actress would continue doing parallel cinema. "In terms of offbeat cinema if something exciting comes my way, which is challenging and a good role, with a good director like say Vishal Bhardwaj or somebody, I would love to do that again and go right back," she said.

(Published 22 November 2011, 06:29 IST)

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