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Chandrachur Singh’s ‘Maachis’ movie is completing 25 years on October 25

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The movie ‘Maachis’ is completing 25 years on October 25. The 1996 film was directed by Gulzar and is also known for its cast Tabu and Jimmy Sheirgill. Actor Chandrachur Singh on-screen character ‘Tej Sareen’ hums a song to his onscreen wife Sushmita sen in Emmy nominated web show Aarya. The trait is incorporated as the actor is a singer in his real-life too. The actor who is known for his acting skills ace the audition over WhatsApp. 

Chandrachur Singh was a name to reckon with in the late 1990s with films like Betaabi, Dil Kya Kare, Josh, Daag: The Fire, Silsila Hai Pyar Ka, and many more.  The actor has to struggle for continuous five years to grab the love that he has attained now. When he had two simultaneous releases in 1996, Maachis and Tere Mere Sapne, his career graph started to rise higher and made him a popular name in every household. 

Directed by Gulzar, and also starring Tabu, Jimmy Sheirgill, Om Puri, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Raj Zutshi, and others. Maachis revolves around the political drama that showcases the Sikh insurgency in Punjab in the 1980s, and how politicians manipulate youth to get their ulterior motives fulfilled.

“I was in St Stephen’s, all set to appear for my UPSC exams, wanting to become an IAS or IFS officer. Offers came to me, and as much as I wanted to be successful, I think I also had the hunger to be known as an actor worth his salt,” Chandrachur exclaimed. 

Chandrachur came to Mumbai around 1988 and his first film went on floors in 1990. “We shot around 60-80 percent of the film, and then it was shelved. And then there were many near-misses over the next five-six years before I landed Maachis and Tere Mere Sapne,” Chandrachur added.

According to Chandrachur, it was also the time when he doubted his career choice as he enjoyed teaching more. “I taught music in Vasant Valley, Delhi, and then went on to teach History at The Doon School in Dehradun, which happens to be my former school. So I thought in case (acting) didn’t work out, I got myself a permanent job as a teacher in Doon school.”

But Jaya Bachchan called him out for a screen test and then there was no looking back. The actor got approved for Tere Mere Sapne. Gulzar who was the director of the film came across Chandrachur’s audition tape and decided to cast him as Kirpal Singh Pali in Maachis.

“I had gone to his office with a stubble. I had no idea that he was looking for someone with stubble. He asked me if I had work to show, and I told him that I’d done a screen test for Mrs. Bachchan. He called her up because they were really close, having worked in films like Parichay and more. He asked for my screen test, saw it, and approved. By the time I reached home, I was told that I had been cast in Maachis. It was a very pleasant surprise, that it all happened so smoothly. Apparently, he waited really long to cast the character of Kirpal,” Chandrachur told us.

But Chandrachur said that things started to change post-1997 when his films failed to excel at the box office. “There were many films whose promos and songs had come out, but the films were never released in the theaters. There was this movie I did with Shilpa Shetty called Junoon, and there was another one with Sonali Kulkarni. There was one with Sanjay Dutt and Shamita Shetty called Mohabbat Ho Gayi Hai Tumse, and there were other big projects that I don’t want to revisit. It’s just a case of many slips between the cup and the lip.”

Now but with his short and impactful performance in the web series named Aarya, Chandrachur has yet again spotted the limelight for his excellent acting skills. Thus, people are waiting to see him more in the coming shows.

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