‘FACED ONE OF MY LOW­EST PHASES AF­TER FASH­ION’

Af­ter things did not go her way af­ter the 2008 hit, ac­tor Chi­trashi Rawat was ‘caught un­awares’

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - CITY ENTERTAINMENT - Sa­marth Goyal ■ sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

Af­ter mak­ing her de­but with the rous­ing sports drama Chak De! In­dia (2007), ac­tor Chi­trashi Rawat went on to get no­ticed in the Mad­hur Bhan­darkar film Fash­ion (2008). How­ever, things didn’t quite go as planned for the 28-year-old. Chi­trashi refers to the pe­riod as the low­est point in her life.

“I was lit­er­ally thrown into this world. I was a sportsper­son, but then I got cast as an ac­tor in Chak De! Then ev­ery­body liked my per­for­mance, and then I got Fash­ion, which again was loved by ev­ery­one. That was the most un­be­liev­able pe­riod of my life,” says Chi­trashi, adding, “So, when things af­ter Fash­ion, didn’t go my way, I was caught a bit un­awares. I didn’t ex­pect that to hap­pen. Yes, now I re­alise that ev­ery ac­tor has their ups and downs, but that time I was fairly new. I wasn’t de­pressed, but yes, that was one of the low­est points in my life.”

But that is in the past — the ac­tor is ex­cited about be­ing a part of the Marathi film Mon­soon Foot­ball, where she stars along­side her Chak De! In­dia co-stars Sa­garika Ghatge and Vidya Mal­wade.

“I signed the film only be­cause Sa­garika and Vidya were also a part of it,” she laughs. “Jokes apart, it was a re­ally great script. I won’t be play­ing foot­ball in the film, sadly, but I will be play­ing the role of an NGO worker who pushes the women to play the sport,” she says.

Chi­trashi, who has played hockey for Ut­tarak­hand in the past, says is ea­ger to play a sportsper­son on screen again. She wanted to play foot­ball in the film, too, but di­rec­tor Milind Ukey had to turn down her re­quest. “I was told that I don’t look like the part. But that’s okay. I have told him that he can take me in the video mon­tages of the film, where I can kick the ball,” she says, laugh­ing. “But I wouldn’t mind play­ing a sportswoman again. To see so many women get in­spired af­ter Chak De! was an un­be­liev­able feel­ing, and I would want to be part of such projects in the fu­ture,” she signs off.

Now, I re­alise that ev­ery ac­tor has their ups and downs, but that time I was fairly new. I wasn’t de­pressed, but yes, that was one of the low­est points in my life.

CHI­TRASHI RAWAT AC­TOR

Chi­trashi Rawat stars in the Marathi film Mon­soon Foot­ball

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