I was asked to lie on top of Nawaz in a petticoat, Chitrangda Singh


Chitrangda Singh walked out of Kushan Nandy’s ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’ over an intimate scene. There was a huge showdown between Chitrangda and director Kushan Nandy and his business partner Kiran Shroff on the set over the scene. According to the actress, Kushana asked her to shoot the intimate scene over and over again.

“We finished the shot and Kushan said that he didn’t like it. He wanted me to lie on top of Nawaz. Now let me tell you that I was wearing a petticoat for that scene.I turned around to tell Kushan about my predicament. I told him: ‘Ho toh gaya. Kyun kar raha hai aise? Please try to understand that I am wearing a petticoat.’ But, he was in no mood to listen and we ended up having a big, loud argument”, Chitrangda Singh.

Not satisfied with the intimate scene, Singh was asked to reshoot, “Yes. And he said that I should do it bindaas. What is a bindaas woman? One who wears a petticoat and jumps on a man?(pauses)...Kushan argued that my character in the film is that of a poor woman who goes a tad wild. Does being wild mean that she will start humping her man every time she sees him?...And I surely couldn’t have been doing that again and again and again”.

Chitrangda Singh and her co-star Nawazuddin Siddhiqui was also asked to re-shoot the kissing scene, “We had already shot a montage where Kushan wanted me to do something similar. Nawaz and I had also kissed in that montage, and now Kushan wanted a seve-second kiss in the intimate scene. Even Nawaz told him ‘Kiss kiya toh hai, ab kya chahiye Kushan?’ Kiran interfered and I turned around to tell her: Who are you to explain my scene to me? That woman decided almost everything on the set, even the nose ring that I wore. She takes the final call on clothes too. She interfered in the intimate scene and said that she wants a long smooch between Nawaz and me. I couldn’t take it lying down and I questioned them that who’s the director: Kushan or Kiran? Kushan became embarrassed and asked her to leave. She is mighty pissed with me, I guess”.

However, Kushan and Kiran denies all the allegations of Chitrangda Singh. “I think that I need to speak out now. I am going on record. Chitrangda’s allegations are untrue,” she says, adding that the actor was keen to make changes in the script. “Let me emphasise that we will not change the climax as per anybody’s demand. Add this to the fact that she started reporting late on the set from Day 3. I had no problems with her last year when we shot a schedule with her in West Bengal. If I had, I wouldn’t have brought her to Lucknow”, says Kiran.

When asked about Chitrangda’s claims about being uncomfortable in her clothes, Kiran says that it was the actor’s idea. “In fact, Chitrangda was the one who suggested that she wanted to wear a low-cut blouse. She told us that it would be apt for the scene where Nawaz sees me for the first time and gets enamoured by me. She also said that she wanted to tear off one button from her blouse and fix a pin there.”