Admitting that lack of exposure had made her biased against south industry, Chhatriwali actor Rakul on chasing versatility by doing content-driven films across languages
Almost nine years after making her debut in Bollywood, Rakul Preet Singh seems to have found her groove. In 2022 alone, she had five releases, balancing mainstream entertainers like Thank God and Runway 34 with a relevant social drama in Doctor G. Her upcoming release, Chhatriwali, belongs to the latter category. “There is an intention to do content-driven films, but a lot depends on luck as well. You can only choose from what you get. The intention is to show my versatility. I want to do song-and-dance films, as well as movies like Chhatriwali and Doctor G,” she begins.
Chhatriwali talks about the importance of sex education
The ZEE5 movie joins the growing list of social comedies in Bollywood. Tejas Deoskar’s directorial venture, also starring Sumeet Vyas and Satish Kaushik, sheds light on the importance of sex education. “It’s important to talk about women’s [reproductive] health because so many women don’t know about protection. Talking about the human body and addressing its different parts with the right names is [unfortunately] considered uncool.”
Going forward, Singh has Indian 2 with Kamal Haasan, and a yet-untitled romantic comedy with Arjun Kapoor and Bhumi Pednekar. Juggling different industries comes easy to her now, having done a host of Tamil and Telugu films. But the actor admits that before she set foot in the industry, she was biased against south films. “I had been offered a south film right after school. At the time, I [refused] it as I wanted to do Hindi films. I hadn’t seen a single south movie, but I was conditioned against doing them, believing that they were small films. But when I was exposed to that world, I realised they were lavish movies with great scripts.” She is happy that south films are getting their due now. “The judgment [that people had] was due to lack of exposure. It changed during the pandemic as people started consuming regional cinema.” She emphasises that now is the time to celebrate regional cinema, as RRR has brought international glory.