Remember Kareena Kapoor’s same-sari look in Chameli? Now, it’s Chitrangda Singh’s turn to wow viewers with a one-outfit stint. In her upcoming flick, Sudhir Mishra’s Yeh Saali Zindagi, Singh dons one ensemble in all scenes — a large blue sweater, distressed jeans and a pair of brown boots, all bought from a small store in Mumbai.
The actor, who plays an aspiring singer in the film, says, “I actually loved the idea of wearing just one dress throughout the film … you slowly see the rollercoaster my character is going through, on her outfit as well. So no, I never thought of cajoling Sudhir (for a change), though I’m sure he is thankful the story didn’t need 30 outfits!”
In response to why such a look was chosen for the film, she says, “The character I play is that of a regular girl who is looking to book a gig at a nightspot in town. She is as glamorous as a struggling musician, but she is no rockstar.”
Singh also says that she loves the title of the film, especially the use of the swear word, saali. “The characters come to a point where love leaves them no choice but to follow it … it’s how our own choices leave us helpless and we turn around to face things. Saali is such a fantastic word, it expresses affection, anger, frustration — everything in one word.
A Delhiite herself, she says she had a great time shooting for the film in the Capital. “It was the peak of winter, and we had the foggiest drives to the shooting locations. At one point, we could not even see the vanity van that was parked just off the sets! It was great to be in Delhi though; I barely spend more than sleeping hours at home. I love the way Old Delhi is shot in the film.” Singh wants more film-makers to explore the city. “I feel Delhi has so much character — there is history, power, culture … it’s unique in a lot of ways, which lends a lot of background to the script and makes it all real. If directors are looking to move away from the “installed” feel, Delhi gives a lot of choices.”