The saying, ‘good things come in small packages’ suits her the most. Be it her on screen presence or the variety of roles she’s portrayed, actress Divya Dutta surely knows how to hold her ground firmly — against both stalwarts and freshers.
Her forthcoming film, My Friend Pinto sees her play a fun and crazy character, very different from her last outing in Stanley Ka Dabba. “My role is that of a star no more in the reckoning. She’s sexy and naughty,” she informs.
My Friend... saw her share the frame for the first time with youngster Prateik and she’s thoroughly impressed with his acting skills. “When we first met, he was very shy and barely said hello while I’m not a person to stop at a hello. In the film, we’ve shared the best of scenes and it was very important for us to break the ice at the earliest, which we did. And our on screen chemistry is funny and endearing,” she states. While she calls her experience on My Friend... a picnic, she’s glad to have been asociated with a film-maker like Sanjay Leela Bhansali too.
With about 15 years in the industry, what keeps Divya going is an ability to discover a side in her that hasn’t been shown on screen before. “Mine has been the most non-clichéd career — a sort of complete reversal. When my contemporaries are calling it a day, I’m starting off. I love breaking stereotypes and hate to have a particular image,” she explains. So, would that mean she’s been underutilised as an actor over the years? “When a child is growing up, it takes time for him and people around him to know what he’s cut out for — having worked with so many actors and film-makers, I can now say I’m getting work that brings out the best in me,” opines Divya.
The actress is currently working on Zilla Ghaziabad, Vikram Bhatt’s Dangerous Ishq, Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine and two international flicks. “Apart from these films, I’m hosting a film-based quiz show on television to get acquainted with a completely different zone and this because I get bored pretty soon,” adds Divya. And is there a wish list? “I want to do a sexy, item number — hopefully soon,” she signs off.