Chitrangda Singh: I don’t want to change my image with ‘Kafirana’

The actor says her item song in Joker is a risk, but that her husband Jyoti Randhawa liked her ‘ethnic look’ in it

Chitrangda Singh, a powerful actor, is lured by item songs. She will be seen jiving to Kafirana in forthcoming film Joker. The best thing is that her ethnic look in the song has been appreciated by her husband, golfer Jyoti Randhawa. “He really liked it. He said I really look good in that whole ethnic, rustic look,” she said, adding that she doesn’t “really discuss my career with him”.

After having done offbeat films like Hazaaron Khwaishen Aisi, Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow, Sorry Bhai, Yeh Saali Zindagi and a full on commercial drama Desi Boyz, it was a risky job for the actor to endorse an item number, but she says it was worth it. “One thing I want to clarify is that I neither want to change my image nor I am trying to fit in anything…I was trying to do something out of the box. It’s a chance that you take, it’s a risk. Sometimes you fall flat on your face. Sometimes you don’t. But I think it’s worth taking the risk. I had a good time doing it,” she said.

Directed by Shirish Kunder, Joker features Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha and is coming out August 31.

Original version of Kafirana became controversial because of the words – I want fakht you (fakht means ‘just you’ in Marathi), but later it was changed to avoid controversy, says Chitrangda. “When we shot, the clothes that I was wearing were also very Marathi. In the song some lines were in Marathi, there was fakht in it,” the 36-year-old explained.

She feels that adult content in songs is not a new thing and added:” DK Bose came up. Not that we don’t listen to these songs…there were lot of Marathi lines in it, it has Marathi background. I was told the meaning of the word, so I thought that’s fine. Had it been a Punjabi song, you couldn’t take away anything because that’s the quality of that language.”

When asked if she is open to do more item numbers, she said: “I don’t mind some song and fun, but there will always be a mix. I really think song and dance are very important. Hindi films always had it and we Indians enjoy that. So if there is one song which is extra special, shot really well and if the girl is hot, it becomes an extra bit in the film.”