“This literally brought tears to my eyes"
Charithra Chandran has admitted that she was left emotional by the inclusion of Bollywood music in Bridgerton.
The 25-year-old stars as Edwina Sharma in series two of the popular Netflix show.
The upcoming series of the Regency-era drama will focus on protagonist Viscount Anthony Bridgerton as he appears to get caught up in a love triangle between Edwina and her sister Kate Sharma.
Ahead of its release, Charithra revealed that when she first heard the orchestral version of the title track from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, it felt like “the collision of both of [her] worlds”.
Charithra Chandran said: “That movie, that song, is like a Bollywood staple.
“This literally brought tears to my eyes because it’s like the collision of both of my worlds.
“And you know, I think when you’re growing up as immigrants’ children it’s so hard to figure out your identity and you sometimes you don’t know where you belong.
“And those are one of those defining moments where you go ‘okay, I get it now’.
“I can be both and I can do both.”
In addition to the Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham track cover, Bridgerton will also include covers of other songs such as Nirvana’s ‘Stay Away’, Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’, Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’, Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’, Alanis Morissette’s ‘You Oughta Know’, Harry Styles’ ‘Sign of the Times’, Calvin Harris’ ‘How Deep is your Love’ and Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’.
Speaking about the music, showrunner Chris Van Dusen previously said:
“I chose all of these songs for very specific reasons.
“Each one is incredibly powerful and deeply emotional in its own special way. I always try many different songs for anyone scene before landing on the perfect one to use.
“This season, I couldn’t be more thrilled about our musical playlist.”
Simone Ashley will play her sister Kate Sharma.
On the representation of different cultures, Simone said:
“I think it’s so much fun, I think what the show has done has just bought a sense of joy to representing many different cultures and for this one specifically in South Asian cultures.
“I think representation and diversity on screen, it’s a very complex conversation that we’re all having all the time and it’s an important one, but for me, personally, I just want to bring the fun to it now and the normality and the joy.”
Series two of Bridgerton will be released on March 25, 2022.