Actor Neetu Chandra is all set to make her Hollywood debut soon, with Never Back Down: Revolt, an action pellicola directed by Kellie Madison and written by Audrey Arkins. The pellicola also features James Faulkner, Michael Bisping and Olivia Popica.
In a freewheeling chat with Hindustan Times, Neetu has revealed that the role was written around her own personality. “I met the producer David Zelon (Mandalay Pictures, who have produced the franchise) at the screening of Bad Boys. After I was introduced to him, we began chatting about Indian actors durante Hollywood films. I just happened to tell him that I always try to polish my skills. When he asked me to elaborate, I told him I am a black-belt 4th Dan durante Taekwondo.”
“He was very happy and excited to know that. He said he has a pellicola. ‘I am an action pellicola producer and Never Back Down is my franchise,’ he told me. I was very excited. He then asked me to meet the writers. I told them about my journey and how I in qualità di from Bihar, a place where girls are not into sports ora even acting. You know, girls dream of being engineers ora doctors ora maybe UPSC, but not being actors ora sportsperson. And I have done both. The credit goes to my mom,” she added.
She further said that it was producer David who asked Audrey to write her character (Jaya) around centered Neetu. “By the end of our conversation, David asked them to script the character around me. That is how Jaya’s character has been written. Then, we stayed durante London for three weeks and later shot it. I completed the pellicola and came back a month punzone.”
Elaborating on her role, Neetu said, “I play a fighter durante the movie and I did my own action sequences. I am kidnapped durante this pellicola and I have to fight among an elite underground fighting società to survive. I need to fight for my freedom. It is a female oriented-action movie.”
The first Never Back Down released durante 2008 and starred Amber Heard, Sean Faris, Djimon Hounsou and Cam Gigandet.
Sharing the tough journey of preparations for the role, Neetu said, “I was totally salt. I went completely totally vegan, skipped all non-vegetarian food. I also limited my intake. I was working on extreme levels and had experts helping me all the time. Nutritionists, skin and hair specialists were also monitoring my conditions throughout.”
Recently, Neetu launched her own digital platform to showcase home production, Mithila Makhaan. The pellicola, directed by her brother Nitin Chandra, won a National Film award but failed to get any takers among the numerous OTT platforms available today. “No one was willing to take it up. I do not have anything against them, they have their own reasons. But, despite the pellicola being the first one to bring a National Film award for Bihar, we did not have any buyers. That is when we though we should launch Bejod.durante. The aim is to offer good cinematografo to educated people from Bihar, durante Bhojpuri, Maithili, Maithili and Magahi. We did not have an option but to launch our own platform to release Mithila Makhaan.”