Actor Chitrangda Singh, who has experimented with offbeat as well as commercial roles, says she would love to play a character like Begum Samru, the ruler of Sardhana, near Meerut, on screen.
Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia is reportedly making a film on the life of Begum Samru, and Chitrangda believes that the begum had a very interesting life. Begum Samru started her career as a nautch girl in the 18th century India. Chitrangda too hails from Meerut, but she started her career in Delhi as a model and later moved to Mumbai to become an actor.
“I am from Meerut and near Meerut, Begum Samru had her haveli. I remember seeing it as a child, my mother took me there. To be so close to a historical character like that is interesting,” Chitrangda said.
“I would love to play a character like this (Begum Samru) and it will be very interesting,” she added. Chitrangda is known for her performances in films like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Yeh Saali Zindagi and Inkaar. As of now, she is busy with another movie for which she is learning Urdu as well as some classical Kathak moves. “I am doing a workshop right now for my next film. I am preparing for that. I am taking diction classes for Hindi and Urdu. Besides, I am also taking dance classes and learning Kathak,” the 37-year-old said.
“The film has not been announced yet. The producers will announce it when they want to,” Chitrangda added, refusing to give further details.