Interview: Actor Chandrachur Singh on his background, films, acting career and Bengali connection

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Chandrachur Singh and Jyoti SinghChandrachur Singh in his debut role, won a Filmfare Best Debut Award in 1996 for his remarkable performance in Tere Mere Sapne, and followed it up with his acclaimed appearance in the film Maachis opposite Tabu. He has appeared in numerous subsequent films, like Daag and Josh. This year, his most recent releases are Chaar Din Ki Chandni and Prem Mayee. His upcoming films include Zilla Ghaziabad and The Reluctant Fundamentalist directed by renowned film-maker Mira Nair.

Brought up in a family with high respect for all forms of art, Chandrachur is the elder brother of Aditya Singh and Abhimanyu Singh. He is married to Avantika and has a son Shaarnjai Singh. Beyond acting, Chandrachur is an acclaimed singer as well as known for his proficiency in the culinary arts. We welcome you to discover Chandrachur's Bengali connection as he spontaneously breaks into songs in Bangla in this exclusive audio interview with Jyoti Singh (interview), an award-winning actress herself who also happens to be Chandrachur's cousin.

As a child Chandrachur actively participated in cultural activities and festivals in his village, including the traditional enactment of "Ramayana" where he along with his brothers would play Rama, Laxmana and major characters year to year. He thus realized he had a natural flair for acting. Listen to Chandrachur describe his early days leading to a career in acting in his own words.

Chandrachur is justifiably proud of all his performances. When prompted by Jyoti to pick a favorite, the actor chooses his performance in Maachis as one of his most personally gratifying ones. You will hear him talk about many other past, current and upcoming projects as the interview progresses.

On another occasion, Jyoti asked Chandrachur to share his wisdom with upcoming actors of today who are aspiring to become successful in film. Chandrachur says there is no magic formula, and stresses the importance of becoming an expert in the art, knowing your craft, as well as hard work.

Here is wishing Chandrachur Singh all the very best from WBRi and our listeners.