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I am a performer, not heroine, says 'Chak De! India' actress Chitrashi Rawat

Eight years after her promising debut as Komal Chautala in 'Chak De! India', Chitrashi Rawat has finally bagged a lead role in 'Black Home'.

Chitrashi Rawat
Chitrashi Rawat

Chitrashi said she did not mind the long gap as the actress was looking for "character-driven" roles.

"I have my limitations as a typical glamorous Bollywood actress and I am very honest about that. I want to play character-driven roles. That's why I was not much seen in the last few years. Now is a good time for different kind of content so I am happy," she told PTI.

"Black Home", which hit theatres last Friday, saw Chitrashi playing a juvenile offender. The film revolved around the harsh realities of remand homes in India.

Chitrashi, seen in cameos in films like "Fashion" and "Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya", said she was unsure of doing "Black Home" because of its hard-hitting story.

"I was numb after hearing script of 'Black Home'. I did not think I could do it. It was a very difficult character and film. The dialogues in the movie are so hard-hitting that it can unnerve anyone.

"It was a cultural shock for me because the part of the society we live in is secure that we don't know the harsh realities. These homes not only have offenders but also orphans or whose parents have disowned them. It is unimaginable that children with no fault of their have to live with convicts," she said.

The actress recalled that there were times when she requested the film's director to tone down her dialogues because they were too hard for her.

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