Chandrachur Singh: Success, failures and disappearance from the limelight!
Feb 24, 2013, 16:08 PM IST
How many popular stars from the 1990s can you still recall? Probably, only those who had several hits to their credit and took no break in their careers, right?
Chandrachur Singh, who conquered everyone’s heart with his much-appreciated role in ‘Maachis’ in the 90s, was recently seen in ‘Zilla Ghaziabad’. Before he did ‘Zila Ghaziabad’, he also appeared in Chaar Din Ki Chandni, ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’. But where has he been all this while?
We tell you about his first film, popular projects and sudden disappearance.
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Chandrachur Singh made his acting debut in ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ in 1996. This film was produced under Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited.
Later in 996, he starred opposite Tabu in ‘Maachis’ for which he bagged the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He appeared in several films which didn’t do too well, but he succeeded in ‘Daag: The Fire’ ‘Kya Kehna’ and ‘Josh’.
After initial successful films, his career went into a low. Reason? He suffered from multiple dislocation of his shoulder joint, while water skiing in Goa. Due to the pain on his shoulder, he could neither work out nor stay fit which caused him to gain weight and lose roles.
His last few releases were Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa, Bharat Bhagya Vidhata and the delayed release Sarhad Paar which was shot in 2002 and released in 2006. All three films did average business at the box office.
It was in 2012, that he made a comeback with ‘Chaar Din Ki Chandni’. The film which featured Tusshar Kapoor, Kulraj Randhawa, Anupam Kher, Om Puri and Farida Jalal, received mixed response from critics, and turned out to be a flop at majority of the places in Box office India.
“I tried doing as much variety as possible but at that time there were only four genres – romance, action, comedy and drama. One would get slotted easily then. Today, there are character-driven films. People are experimenting and these experiments are paying off. Offbeat cinema, dark characters, grey characters, offbeat humour and smaller films – if it’s well told it does well. It is a very interesting time now but earlier the media would brand you as the ‘next best thing’ and put so much pressure. I did feel the pressure. It was all very new to me,” he had said.
When asked if that’s why he suddenly disappeared from the limelight? He said, “Acting was never a means to the end to get stardom. As you know, I was a music teacher before being an actor so the trappings of stardom did not matter to me. I am enjoying my work while I am there. And that’s what I did in the start. It’s always been quality over quantity. The films I did were appreciated by the public. And the recall of the public is amazing. So the respect and love of the public that I get is for the films I have done in the past.”