Nitu Chandra

Nitu Chandra is an Indian actress, film producer and theatre artist.[1] She is also a classical dancer and a sportsperson, involved in the promotion of basketball in the country through her close association with the NBA and Taekwondo, being a fourth Dan black-belt.[2] She has her own production house named Champaran Talkies, winning the National Award for the film Mithila Makhaan.[3] The national award-winning film was directed by her brother Nitin Chandra. Her younger brother Abhishek Chandra is a Fashion Designer in Hindi Films.

Nitu Chandra
Neetu Chandra snapped at the felicitation of P.V. Sindhu with Subrata Roy and Sahara India Pariwar (cropped).jpg
Chandra in 2019
Born1984 (age 37–38)
Patna, Bihar, India
OccupationActress, film producer
Years active2005–present

Early life and educationEdit

Nitu Chandra was born in 1984 in Patna, Bihar in India. Her mother tongue is Bhojpuri.[4] She was educated at the Notre Dame Academy, Patna and completed her undergraduate education at Delhi's Indraprastha College.[5] She started modelling and Nitu gives credit of her success to her mother, a native of East Champaran in Bihar.[6] She has appeared in several advertisements and videos for firms since her graduation. She holds two Dan black belts in Taekwondo and represented India in the 1997 World Taekwondo Championships in Hong Kong.[7]

Nitu Chandra's brother is Nitin Chandra who directed the movie Deswa.[8]

Acting careerEdit

She debuted in the Hindi film industry in 2005 with Garam Masala in which she portrayed the role of Sweety, an air-hostess. She also acted in Godavari, a Telugu film, in 2006. In 2007 she appeared in Madhur Bhandarkar's film, Traffic Signal.

In 2008, she had four releases, being directed by Dibakar Banerjee, Rahul Dholakia, Ashwini Dheer and Vikram. Her Tamil film, Yavarum Nalam with Madhavan, released in 2009, was declared a major hit. In 2010 she was seen in four Hindi films, Rann, Apartment, No Problem, in which she made a special appearance, and Sadiyaan, and one Tamil film, Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai.[citation needed]

In 2011 Deswa, a Bhojpuri film which she produced and which was directed by her brother, was released.[9]

In 2013, she acted in the Tamil-language action film Ameerin Aadhi-Bhagavan alongside Jayam Ravi. She has completed filming for a Greek film Home Sweet Home,[10] in which she plays an Indian girl.[11] She had to learn Greek for the film and also dubbed herself.[12] She has two Hindi films, Kusar Prasad Ka Bhoot and Shooter, coming up.[4]

In 2020, she appeared in the Hollywood show Gown and out in Beverly Hills with Bollywood actor Sammy John Heaney. The show stars Patrick Simpson and Pol Atto.[citation needed]

Other workEdit

Chandra was signed up as the brand ambassador for the Hoop, a Gitanjali brand.[13] She also took part in a commercial for Mysore Sandal Soap. Nitu Chandra also appeared in music director Ismail Darbar's music video "Rasiya Saajan" along with Zubeen Garg.[14] She was also seen in the music video of Bombay Vikings' singer Neeraj Shridhar's hit single "Aa Raha Hoon Main".[15] She also appeared in a successful remix of Sajna Hai Mujhe from D.J. Hot Remix Vol.1 (and the song appeared in 7 other albums after that), and the super hit song Mera Babu Chhail Chhabila (CD - Sophie & Dr.Love, DVD - D. J. Hot Remix Vol.2 & The Return Of Kaanta Mix) alongside Sophie Choudry (the song appeared in 9 other albums after that).[citation needed]

In 2013, Chandra made her debut in theatre,[16] in a play, called Umrao, which featured her in the title role. The Times of India".[17] She has been hosting Rangoli on DD National since May 2017. In 2018, Chandra became Community Ambassador for Patna Pirates in pro kabbadi league.[citation needed]

In the mediaEdit

In 2008, 7Seas Technologies launched a 3D mobile game, Nitu — The Alien Killer, with Nitu Chandra as the lead character.[18]

Nitu was featured on the cover of the January 2009 issue of Indian Maxim.[19]

FilmographyEdit

As ActressEdit

Year Film Role Language Notes
2003 Vishnu Teju Telugu Telugu debut film
2005 Garam Masala Sweety Hindi Hindi debut film
2006 Godavari Raji Telugu
2007 Traffic Signal Rani Hindi
2008 One Two Three Inspector Mayawati Chautala Hindi
Summer 2007 Hindi special appreance in song
Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! Sonal Hindi
2009 Satyameva Jayate Basara Papa Telugu
Yavarum Nalam Priya Manohar Tamil Tamil debut
13B Hindi
2010 Mumbai Cutting Hindi
Rann Yasmin Hussain Hindi
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Tejaswini Tamil
Apartment Neha Bhargav Hindi
No Problem Sophia Hindi Special appearance
Sadiyaan Hindi special appreance in song
2011 Yuddham Sei Cabaret Dancer Tamil Special appearance in song "Kannitheevu Ponna"
Kucch Luv Jaisaa Ria Hindi
Deswa Bhojpuri Special Appearance
2013 Aadhi Baghavan Rani Sampatha / Karishma Tamil SIIMA Award for Best Actress in Negative role
Settai Herself Tamil Special appearance in song "Laila Laila"
2014 Manam Air hostess Telugu Cameo appearance
Power Kannada Special appearance in song "Why Why (YY)"
2015 Thilagar Village Dancer Tamil special appreance in song
2016 Block 12[20] Indian Goddess Greek
2017 Singam 3 Bar Dancer Tamil Special Appearance in song "O Sone Sone"
Vaigai Express Radhika/ Jyothika Tamil Dual Role
Brahma.com Nitu Chandra Tamil
2021 Never Back Down: Revolt English Hollywood Debut[21][22]

As producerEdit

Year Film Language Notes
2011 Deswa Bhojpuri
2016 Mithila Makhaan Maithili

TelevisionEdit

Year(s) Show Role Channel Notes Ref.
2017–2018 Rangoli Host/presenter DD National [23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'Mithila Makhaan' has something for all: Neetu Chandra". TIMES OF INDIA.
  2. ^ "'Taekwondo' has something for all: Neetu Chandra". TIMES OF INDIA.
  3. ^ "'Champaran Talkies' has something for all: Neetu Chandra". Champaran Talkies. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Bhojpuri film industry not growing: Neetu Chandra". Sify.com. 4 September 2013. Archived from the original on 25 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Neetu shoots kick & punch". The Telegraph (Calcutta). 3 September 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Bollywood Celebrity Interview". IndiaGlitz.com. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Neetu Chandra receives second black belt in Taekwondo". The Times of India. 17 October 2012. Archived from the original on 29 July 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Patna boy to represent India at global business meet in Ireland". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Timing relief for Deswa". The Telegraph. Calcutta. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  10. ^ IANS (4 July 2013). "Rediscovered myself with my Greek film: Neetu Chandra". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Neetu in awe of her Greek film look". Hindustan Times. 3 July 2012. Archived from the original on 8 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  12. ^ "I'm too young for marriage: Neetu Chandra". The Times of India. 5 September 2013. Archived from the original on 8 September 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  13. ^ Das, Chuman (29 January 2009). "Neetu Chandra signs her first ad campaign". Businessofcinema.com. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  14. ^ "| Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | Celebrity News". BollywoodHungama.com. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  15. ^ "Bombay Vikings - Aa Raha Hoon Main". Youtube.com. Universal Music India/Vevo. Archived from the original on 12 December 2021. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  16. ^ Jha, Subhash K. (12 November 2013). "Don't want to dilute my moment of glory: Neetu Chandra". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  17. ^ "Theatre Review: Umrao". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  18. ^ "7Seas Technologies ropes in Neetu Chandra for 3D mobile action game — The Economic Times". The Times Of India. 20 March 2008.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 January 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ "Block 12 (2013)". IMDb.
  21. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (11 November 2020). "'Never Back Down: Revolt': Kellie Madison Directing For Mandalay, Wonder Street & SPWA". Deadline. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  22. ^ Unnikrishnan, Abhilasha (31 December 2020). "Neetu Chandra on making her Hollywood debut in 'Never Back Down: Revolt'" – via www.thehindu.com.
  23. ^ "Swara Bhaskar bids adieu to DD National's 'Rangoli'". Retrieved 15 May 2017.

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