The soulful track ‘Hui Mae Tumhari’ sung by the brilliant Rekha Bhardwaj and starring Neetu N Chandra and Colin Richard Allen
Neetu Chandra is known for her acting in films such as Traffic Signal and Sadiyaan. She says 2019 is going to be the busiest year for her so far.
“It’s only the beginning,” the 34-year-old model, actress, film producer and national level sportsperson told media. “Neetu Chandra is like water. Whatever colour goes in, she takes that on.”
Though a number of ad films, commercial promotions are offered to her, she is busy in Los Angeles the next month shooting music videos, including one for Rekha Bhardawaj. The Taekwondo champion is also working in a Taekwondo-based romantic TV series in Korea called Narae and has a Greek film named Block 12 in her kitty.
“Creativity and art have no boundaries. My platform is global. If there’s a good script I can run to any place,” said the actress who won the SIMA award for best actress in negative role for Aadhi Baghavan, a neo-noir crime action Tamil film.
“I feel language should not be a barrier anytime for creativity. So many times we meet people and don’t know the language they speak – like when I was shooting in Greece and Cyprus. People don’t speak English there and I didn’t know Greek. But we managed. This way you can make a legacy that can capture the world, else you have to be limited and do only what is offered to you.”
“Today in Hindi cinema there are rare roles for women. They mostly involve dancing and singing. There’s a very fine line between Hindi cinema and regional cinema,” explained Chandra who also has a long running theatre show where she plays the renowned courtesan Umrao Jaan.
“If you have been playing Umrao Jaan on stage you won’t really do any character just because it’s in cinema. As far as story and script, and strong characters are concerned, I don’t think Hindi films are anywhere close to Marathi or Bengali or Telugu or Gujarati.”
But her real passion lies not in bagging the best role but revolutionising Bihari cinema. With her National Award-winning brother, director Nitin Chandra (Deswa, Mithila Makhaan), have been working to “change the face of Bihari/Bhojpuri cinema”.
“Bihari, Bhojpuri films are usually double-meaning, soft porn types and the image of Bihar is harmed because of them. Eight years ago we created Champaran Talkies because Gandhiji started Satyagraha from Champaran and we are looking to change the face of our films. Nitin’s first film was Deswa, which went to 16 international film festivals, first film from Bihar. Mithila Makhaan won us the National Award for 2016,” said Chandra.
“I’m a very patriotic person when it comes to India or Bihar or to my work. I think quality wise I’ve done an enormous amount in the last few years because anyone can make money but not quality.”
And she credits her success to sports. “Any person, who has played a high level sport in his or her initial stage of life, has made it big in any career they have chosen. The driving force, the never-give-up attitude, the discipline, the responsibility comes forth at every point in life. Somehow we ordinary people make it extraordinary by being in sports. My drive, positive attitude, consistency, my gratitude and my humility all come from my sports.”