Shahrukh is my first crush: Chitrangda Singh

Dressed in a casual white tee and skinny black pants, nibbling at a sandwich, Chitrangda Singh gets talking about her crush on SRK and how hubby Jyoti Randhawa supports her career decisions

On hubby Jyoti Randhawa

Dismissing rumours of her marriage hitting rock bottom, she says that she feels lucky to have tied the knot with her childhood love. Her son Zoravar is four years old. “It’s nice to go back to family and play some golf and come back again and work. It keeps me sane. People sometimes think it’s a lack of commitment towards the family; but that’s a perception I guess I’ve managed to change over the years. I just lead a different life,” she says candidly. On asking how her husband reacts to the steamy scenes she does onscreen, she replies, “He supports me very much. Being a golfer, even he, in some sort of a creative way, has to work on his talent. He understands that I’ve a certain amount of talent and it’s all a part of my profession.”

Working with SRK

Recently spotted in an endorsement with the Shahrukh Khan, Chitrangda says she had quite an exciting time working with the King of Bollywood. “Shahrukh has always been my first crush. He had to hold my hand in one shot, and my hands were cold and sweaty. He knew how nervous I was. He’s so witty, humble and modest; he’s not one of those who are lost in their own stardom. He’s aware of what’s happening around,” she says dreamily.

Resemblance with Smita Patil – over-hyped

“I can’t be Smita Patil. That was another time, another era; when people used to make beautiful films. It’s very unfair when people compare us, and expect that even I should do the same kind of films as she did. I want to try everything before I know what I am best at,” she says.

Yeh Saali Zindagi moment

Singh gets vocal about her personal Yeh Saali Zindagi moment in life. “I wanted to become an air hostess at one point of time, and had gone for a couple of interviews where I got rejected,” she says, adding, “But again, if I’d got selected, I wouldn’t have been an actress today, so basically whatever happens, happens for the good.”

First day as an actress

First days are always memorable. The jittery ‘butterflies in the stomach’ feeling is something you can’t get rid of, especially if you are undertaking something new. Chitrangda’s first day on the sets was somewhat similar. “On the first day of my shoot, on the sets of Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Sudhir (Mishra) literally held my finger and took me through everything because, I didn’t understand all these terms like character sketch and graph, which he did so well. Now, after a couple of films, I’ve learnt to contribute a lot more,” she says firmly.

Future projects

Her movies have always had a sort of a love triangle. Is it just an uncanny coincidence or directors don’t think she has it in her to pull off a movie on her own? “I think love is a very interesting subject and when you add a little kink to it, it becomes more interesting. But I am romancing Akshay Kumar in my next movie, and finally there are no more love triangles (laughs),” she says. She is currently busy with Desi Boyz opposite Akshay and will start shooting for a Mani Ratnam film by June. “I play the role of a Salsa dancer in Desi Boyz. She’s the kind of girl who’s not very controlled and says random things that come to her mind,” she says. It’s a very rare moment when an actress praises her counterpart. Chitrangda talks about Kareena Kapoor. “I like the way Kareena swings between different genres and does movies like Omkara, Golmaal and Chameli. Nothing can be more satisfying as an actor than being able to swing between genres,” she says.