It’s such a pleasant surprise to see another Bihari girl in news after the wide media coverage which Jaya -IIM-L, got last month.
Another Bihari girl Neetu has been chosen bu Madhur Bhandarkar to play the female lead opposite Kunal Kemmu in his next, Signal, after a marathon search. The director has signed model-turned-actress Neetu Chandra for the film which is the last of the trilogy Madhur is making, on Mumbai.
Madhur auditioned more than 20 girls before signing Neetu. “We have cast Neetu in the film. She gave a good screen test. She has dusky look that I wanted, and she fits the character. I will have to conduct an acting workshop for her. I will also conducting a workshop for all the street children who will be participating in the film,” says Madhur.
Neetu made her debut in Priyadarshan’s Garam Masala. “Signing Madhur’s film is like a dream-come-true for a newcomer like me,” says Neetu. “I read an article in Mumbai Mirror (March 26), which stated that he was looking for someone like Smita Patil. So, I gathered confidence and called up Madhur. He called me over for a screen test and asked me to say some dialogue.
I am from Bihar, so my Hindi is chaste and I guess Madhur liked that, apart from my dusky look, of course. He told me that he was looking for a face like Smita Patil, which would have the innocence of Manisha Koirala.”Neetu has recently acted in Shreya Ghoshal’s music video. “The video is yet to come on air,” she says.
Is she looking forward to attending the acting workshop? “Yes,” she replies. “I play the character of a girl embroiders clothes. She is earthy and sensitive. Since the day I have signed the film, I have started observing women at traffic signals. I don’t want to let Madhur down.”Neetu has seen all of Madhur’s films. “ Madhur has asked me to watch Mani Ratnam’s Bombay and Shyam Benegal’s Mandi and Ankur,” she adds. Madhur will start shooting for the film by the end of this month at Nitin Desai Studio, where a huge set of a Mumbai traffic signal has been erected.