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Lucky she!

Neetu Chandra on catching a thief

Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

back to basics Actor Neetu Chandra

She turned out to be the only ingredient of Garam Masala, to have a lasting effect. Neetu Chandra agrees and thanks her luck that Bollywood has not slotted her. After Traffic Signal, she is yet again playing a ro le, in Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye, which she feels has brought out the versatility in her. “I am playing a lower middle-class girl from Rohini, whose life is limited between college and home. It changes when a thief comes into her life. She elopes with him and stands by him through the thick and thin.”

Girl from Bihar!

What attracted her to the role is the believability factor. “It is very much like the girls we know in our locality or read about in newspapers. Sonam leads such a suppressed life that the moment she gets an opportunity to break free, she doesn’t think about right and wrong and flows with the tide. Coming from Patna, I can relate to the character. Remember the aunties talking about the girl who was an example of simplicity till the day she eloped!” That it is a Dibakar Banerjee film, who gave us the extremely believable Khosla Ka Ghosla, was an assurance for Neetu that there wouldn’t be much difference between what she was told and the final result. “I had to learn the Punjabi accent for the film.”

Neetu has no qualms in declaring that she is the first girl from Bihar who has made it big in Bollywood. “One should remember that the first President was also from Bihar. It has taken time for an actress to make a mark but the state is not inhabited by aliens, as many seem to think.”

She insists it’s her sports background that has helped her survive in a harsh city. “I am a black belt in Taekwando and a decent basketball player. I love to play ball with the guys. My conversion rate is very high. It’s close to 95 per cent. In the group of 15, I am the only girl. I recently defeated a German guy.”

As for food, she is a salad girl. But for now she wants to indulge in some Punjabi food. “I want to be in the character, you know.” An infectious smile flashes all over again.

ANUJ KUMAR

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