Divya Dutta es­capes be­ing type­cast

HT City - - Entertainment / Lifestyle - An­juri Na­yar Singh an­juri.na­yar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

While many ac­tors com­plain about get­ting type­cast in Bol­ly­wood, Divya Dutta (left) is glad that she did not have to ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing stereo­typed. “My big­gest achieve­ment is that peo­ple haven’t bound me in a role. I have re­fused many films in my ca­reer. You have to wait and know what you want. It all started with my role in Veer Zaara (2004), and then film­maker Rakeysh Om­prakash Mehra gave me (the role of) Jalebi (Delhi 6; 2009). My jour­ney has been very dif­fer­ent from other ac­tors. I have cre­ated a niche for my­self in the in­dus­try,” she says.

The ac­tor adds that find­ing the right films has been very tough. “Choos­ing films to come on board with is the most chal­leng­ing part of be­ing an ac­tor. You need to sound as con­vinc­ing as pos­si­ble in the roles that you choose,” she says.

Divya, 38, who was last seen in Chalk and Duster, says that play­ing a neg­a­tive role for the first time was spe­cial. “All firsts in your life are spe­cial and this was the first time when I was be­ing hated. It was a shocker for the au­di­ence and a suc­cess for me. I got it right but it was strange to get hate mails from fans,” she says.

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