With her stunning good looks it was not surprising that Chitrangada Singh came to limelight through the modelling route. Born into a liberal army family it was not difficult for her to get into modelling just after passing out from college. She was fortunate enough to straight away get assignments for leading brands like ICICI bank, well known branded jewellery etc. Her big opportunity, however, came with her performance in the music video “Sunset Point” which was conceived and created by none other than Gulzar. She could manage a follow up music video for singer Abhijeet before she got her first offer in movies.
The break came in 2003 with the film “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi” directed by one of the more renowned directors of the time
Sudhir Mishra. She seemed to have delivered the promise that many people had expected of her and the rave reviews from cinematic journals worldwide only corroborated this. She was commended for her efforts in portraying her character in the deftest manner. Other films in which her acting got acclaimed were the 2011 crime thriller “
Yeh Saali Zindagi” with Irfan Khan; the 2013 romance drama “
Inkaar” with Arjun Pampal; and the 2005 college romance “Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow” with Shiny Ahuja, all of which were by Sudhir Mishra, and had the typical Sudhir Mishra stamp on them, with challenging but slightly away from the mainstream themes. However, in between her film “I, Me Aur Main”, which although received positive reviews for her acting, failed at the box office. She then took a break from acting from 2005 to 2008. However her comeback timing in 2008 went all awry, come as it did in the midst of the 29/11 Mumbai attacks. Her foray into comedy films with “
Sorry Bhai!”, therefore, turned out to be a cruel joke, the film turning out to be a massive flop at the box office.
It was rather painful to see a once promising actress who not only had histrionic skills but also the glamour to boot, after her comeback slowly degenerating into doing bit roles or item numbers only, and that too in regional films of the South. Although her mentor Sudhir Mishra gave her a fresh break in a short film “Kirchiyaan” in 2103 it did hardly anything to remove her changed status as an item girl, as previews of her shoots for the 2015
Akshay Kumar starrer “Gabbar” reveal. Whether this downslide came as result of her marital problems and subsequent divorce with golfer
Jyoti Randhawa is not very clear, but the unfortunate fact remains that despite banner headlines proclaiming her thunderous comeback, she is no longer the Chitrangada of “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi” fame.