Chitrangada Singh, who made a stunning debut in Sudhir Mishra’s HAZAARON KHWAHISHEN AISI in 2005, is known for her periodic absences and has make her mark with some very different roles, She will be seen paoring with Sanjay Dutt for the first time in SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER 3 and has also turned producer with SOORMA.
Directed by Shaad Ali’s it’s a biopic of Sandeep Singh, Diljit Dosanjh wil be seen essaying the role of the hockey player. SOORMA also stars Taapsee Pannu and Angad Bedi in pivotal roles.
In conversation with Chitrangada she spoke in length about her tryst with production and what made her take up this new venture , her fan moment while shooting with Sanjay Dutt and more.
Excerpts from the interview!
What prompted you to take up production?
Three years ago, I had sort of taken a break and was working on a couple of ideas. I happened to meet Sandeep Singh. I got to know about his story. I started writing down, and it got me very intrigued. I realised that this was probably one of the rarest sports comeback stories I have never heard in my life. We knew heard of people back then in 1952, things that you read in books. But here was somebody who is still playing at that time, he was playing in the Indian Hockey League and was the maximum goal scorer for two consecutive years. So I was like, how is it possible when you were in a coma and in a wheelchair?
What intrigued you to take up a subject of sports?
I have been around sports people all my life. Sport is the most unkind thing. You have to be in your best form or you are out. Sandeep kept telling me how he went about it, how he fought the battle in his mind, how he handled the crisis at such a young age. I was speechless the whole time I sat with him. I started writing the story. I met him a couple of times and put the story down as to how it happened. It just had to be made. It’s a human story.
To begin with, I was told that no one knows Sandeep Singh, how do you make a hero out of him? Here is a hockey player, not a cricketer. Dhoni, Azharuddin, people know, these are people we have grown up watching. I had to break through that question and tell them why this film needed to be made. It has taken around two-and-a-half to three years. I feel very relieved but anxious too.
So Chitrangada Singh as a producer or actor?
Definitely producing is not easy, acting is always my first love.
Tell us about your shooting experience with SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER 3?
I am a huge fan of Sanjay Dutt, it was indeed an amazing experience working with Sanjay Dutt he has been an amazing co-star to work with.