Actress Chitrangda Singh has now turned producer with an upcoming Bollywood film Soorma. Soorma is an Indian Hindi biographical sports drama film based on the life of hockey player Sandeep Singh, directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Sony Pictures Networks India and C.S. Films. The film stars Diljit Dosanjh and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles and is scheduled to have it’s theatrical release on 13 July 2018.
In an interview with Cinespeaks, Chitrangda Singh speaks to us.
Q: Which is more challenging – acting or production?
Chitrangda: Having been a producer now, I feel production is far more difficult and challenging than acting. It’s very challenging to get the right people on the board and to get things done in a proper way. There are challenges and difficulties in handling and managing people. Line Production is a very difficult task. So, I really feel that production is much difficult and I have deep respect for all the producers now.
Q: You have had long breaks in between. Do you think there is a flip side to it because visibility does matter in the showbiz?
Chitrangda: I feel it is very important to do good work which will remain etched in the minds of the audience. If an actor makes an impression through a performance, it does not get easily forgotten by the audience. It stays in their minds forever. So, I feel it is not about constantly doing something or the other to be relevant. Yes, I have had long breaks in my career and I am thankful for my audience and the industry for the acceptance of my comebacks.
Q: So, are you satisfied with the way things have panned out over the years or do you feel missed out on something?
Chitrangda: I was caught up with my personal issues for few years and couldn’t manage my professional space together. So, my professional space took a back seat and I focused more on my personal space. It was really important for me to sort out that too. So, I missed out on two important big films at that point of time. I knew that people were reaching out to me for projects. But, I don’t have any regrets for the same.
Q: What are your thoughts on the release of Soorma which shall hit the theatres in the next few days?
Chitrangda: I am really nervous yet excited. In fact, I was so nervous before the trailer came out. I was worried as to how would the people react to the trailer. The trailer of Dhadak too came out on the same day and I honestly didn’t want that to happen.
Q: Have you watched the final cut of the film?
Chitrangda: Yes, we watched the whole film few days back. I am really happy with the way it has shaped up. The music of the film is fantastic. Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Gulzaji have done a great job together.
Q: Tell us something about the casting of actors Diljit Dosanjh and Taapsee Pannu as the lead characters in the film?
Chitrangda: Diljit fit the bill perfectly to play the character of Sandeep Singh. It was really important to get the right actor on board because it’s a biopic. He has resemblance to that of Sandeep and I really wanted him to come on board. Though he had few reservations because he hasn’t played hockey anytime in his life, we eventually brought him on board. Taapsee Pannu too was my first choice for the role. She is perfect.
Q: You have a very good work equation with director Sudhir Mishra. Will you approach him to direct one of your films as a producer?
Chitrangda: Sudhir is someone I respect immensely. He is the reason for me being here today. I would be very nervous to approach him to direct a film.
Q: How was the experience of working with Sanjay Dutt in Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3?
Chitrangda: It was lovely. It was so much joy to work with an actor like him. He is the most kindest and nicest person I have met in the industry. He used to be very quiet on set. I enjoyed and had a great working experience with him.