That’s the beauty secret Divya Dutta swears by. Rohit Parmar gets talking to the actresss about her recent role in Heroine, her transition from a simple girl to a celebrity and much more...
W ith over 60 films in her kitty, you can’t deny the fact that Divya Dutta is a favourite with directors. Her first movie, Ishq Mein Jeena Ishq Mein Marna, was released in 1994 and since then there has been no looking back for the pretty actress. She exhibits a magnificent ability to throw herself into the characters she plays and to lose herself in her role, exploring the untouched shades of her characters. We caught up with the gorgeous actress to talk about her journey so far, her latest film and the qualities she looks for in a man.
What has the response to your character in Heroine been like?
It has been awesome. I have been pleasantly surprised that so many people have appreciated my character. It’s a role that people haven’t seen me play before. It’s bold and glamorous. The best response came from my mom, who said that I carried the role with the right attitude. So, it’s been a double whammy for me.
Despite the fact that critics didn’t give Heroine a thumbs up, the film has done well at the box-office. What do you think the reason behind this is?
Personally, I loved the film. I think it’s well made, thoughtful and I relate to it. I respect the critics’ opinion. And if people are still going and watching it, I think that speaks for itself.
Have you personally witnessed any of the instances that have been portrayed in Heroine?
Being in the film industry, you tend to experience such instances as it is a single industry. Some of them happened to me indirectly. There are so many instances in the film that are true. Even the lines that I was given in the film were so appropriate. No matter what, you have to fake confidence in this industry. For instance, if you ask me how I am, I can’t tell you exactly how I am feeling. I have to wear a smile on my face regardless of how I am feeling inside.
Till date, you have acted in more than 60 films. Tell us about your transition from a simple Ludhiana girl to the heroine you are today.
Honestly speaking, I haven’t been able to observe it because I am changing gradually. It’s a step-by-step process and I don’t even realise it. But, my mom keeps telling me how much I have changed for the better. I think it happens to all of us. You become more confident and comfortable in your own skin.
What is the best compliment you have ever received?
People often tell me that I am the female version of Sanjeev Kumar because of the versatile roles I have played over the years. I think it’s the best compliment I have ever received.
What has been your most memorable role till date?
I think any role where the audience remembers me is memorable for me. My role in Delhi 6, Stanley Ka Dabba and the Punjabi movie Shaheed-E-Mohabbat are a few notable ones.
Are you single...
...Yes, and I am loving the male-attention!
On the same lines, what qualities do you look for in a guy?
If I tell you the qualities that I would want in my guy, I think I will just surprise myself and go for the opposite. (Laughs) But, without doubt, I want someone who will look after me and appreciate me just the way I am.
Your dream role would be?
Sharmila Tagore’s role in Mausam. It’s one of my favourite films and I loved her role. I also liked Vidya Balan’s portrayal of Silk Smitha in the movie The Dirty Picture.
Who is the one director you would like to work with?
Gulzar sahab. He is someone I really want to work with.
Tell us about the real Divya Dutta.
The real Divya is somebody who likes to have fun and has a smile on her face all the time. I take life as it comes and enjoy each and every moment. I like playing in the rain or going out with my friends, I always seek joy in the simple things. Sometimes I am an agony aunt and sometimes I am very serious. That’s life.
When you’re not working, how do you like to pass your time?
I love to read. I write columns for newspapers and I am also working on my book. Other than that, I like to go out with friends, make new friends, spend time with my family and of course, watch movies.
Who’s your favourite Khan. Why?
Hmm... That is a tough question! I will say Aamir Khan because I haven’t worked with him yet.
What’s next in store for you?
Right now I have Special Chabbis and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag coming up. I am also working in Vikramaditya Motwane’s next film.
Favourite scent: Gucci
Favourite makeup brand: MAC
Dream man: Amitabh Bachchan
Best Bollywood babe: Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif
One thing you can't live without: My family
Your beauty secret: Stay happy