RJ-turned-actress Chetna Singh is willing to take the road less travelled to fulfil her dreams. Born to an industry couple; mother being a Punjabi actress and father a producer and film distributor in Jalandhar; she didn’t want to play the family card to get work in Pollywood. Which is why she happily settled for a job of a Radio Jockey just after the completion of her graduation from DAV College Jalandhar.
Her mother always wanted to see her on screen and Chetna’s dream was no different. Currently doing a Punjabi television show, Tu Patang Main Dor, she had to face bullying initially as she came in as the replacement for the lead actress.
A journalism student, she has successfully handled her full-time job with her studies. Happy to be back on the sets, she found her support in her family and co-actor Rohit Handa.
What do you think is your swag?
I flaunt my flaws and accept who I am. People appreciate that in me. So, I believe this is my swag.
Punjabi celebs you find stylish...
Nimrat Khaira, I adore her. Among guys, Pukhraj Bhalla is very stylish.
A box of jewellery. I love ethnic wear and it is incomplete without jewellery.
Music for you is...
It’s nasha, it’s love. It would not be wrong to call it my happy escape.
I wish to work in the next season of Punjabi web series, Yaar Jigree Kasooti Degree. I had an opportunity to play a character in the first season but I couldn’t do it and I regret that.
Street smart vs brand game…
Brand or street fashion barely matters. Sometimes brands don’t offer the variety which you get in the street market. Ultimately it’s about what suits you.
Must-haves in your wardrobe...
I like comfortable clothes. When shopping, I always run to the counter that offers pyjamas, track suits and gym clothes. Also, boyfriend shirts are a must. You can play with it while dressing up.
Accessory you cannot do without…
Jhumkas. I have a collection to die for.
Your pick on traditional attire...
From Patiala salwar to sarees, I like wearing ethnic outfits.
Favourite hangout place in Jalandhar?
The only place where I hangout is Nik Bakers and sometimes Café Coffee Day. Also, I love to go on gedi on the GT road with family or friends or on my own. There’s a place called Haveli where we stop for snacks.
If not an actor, then…
I would still be an RJ.
What turns you off?
If a person is disrespectful to poor, servants or helpers. I automatically lose respect for such people no matter how good they are towards me.
Fitness for you...
It’s a task for me. Earlier, I was paying attention to my body as I had time, but now working as an actor, things are different.
Celeb you wish to collaborate with…
There’s not one but three in the Punjabi industry— Amrinder Gill, Pukhraj Bhalla and Tarsem Jassar. In Bollywood, Randeep Hooda is my favourite actor and I would love to work with him.
One word that defines you...
Call me nautanki or dramebaaz, it suits me.
Big lockdown realisation…
That I am the laziest person in the world. I can sleep anytime, anywhere.
Household chore you enjoyed or detested?
Cleaning utensils has become my new obsession since the lockdown. A chore that I hated was sweeping.
First thing you did after the lockdown?
Met my best friend, and then went for a coffee. Although it’s not recommended, I craved for momos, and so we went to the local momos-wale bhaiya.
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