Actor Neetu Chandra talked about an incident when a businessman told her to ‘become his wife’s employee’ for which he would give her 25 million a month. In a new interview, Neetu said that despite working with “13 national award winners,” she has neither money nor work. She also recalled an audition when a famous casting director turned her down within an hour. (Read also | Neetu Chandra: People can’t believe I came to Hollywood on my own†
Neetu made her Bollywood debut with Garam Masala (2005) in which she played the role of flight attendant. Since then, she has starred in several movies such as Traffic Signal, One Two Three, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Apartment, 13B among others. Her last Hindi film was Kucch Luv Jaisaa alongside Shefali Shah, Rahul Bose and Sumeet Raghavan. Oye Lucky Lucky Oye won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film. Neetu’s film Mithila Makhaan also won a National Prize.
Speaking to Bollywood Hungama, Neetu said: “Meri story ek successful actor ki failure story hai (My story is failure story of successful actor). After working with 13 national award winners and in such big movies, today I have no job. I was told by a big businessman that he would give me 25 lakh a month and that I should become his wife in salaried employment. I have no money and no job. I have become concerned, I feel unwanted here after so much work.”
“Ek casting director, kaafi bada name hai but main name nahi bolna chahrahi hun, audition ke time pe hi matlab, ek ghante ke andar usne bola (A casting director, who is very famous but I don’t want to take the name, told me inside an hour after the audition): ‘I’m really sorry Nitu, this isn’t going well’. You’re literally auditioning for me, to reject my taki aap mera trust todh sake (so you can break my trust)?”
Neetu made her Hollywood debut with Never Back Down: Revolt. She also signed two more projects that are yet to be announced.
Speaking to the Hindustan Times earlier this year, Neetu said: “Everything has changed and it continues to change every day. It is an ongoing process. But I would like to share one thing, which is that people cannot comprehend that I have it in my the fact that ek ladki aapne monkey, apne balbute pe aur bina kissike backup ya background ke, udhar jaakar starring karli (a girl got the lead role on her own abilities without anyone’s backup).. It’s shocking to them. They can’t believe it.”