‘Ac­tor by chance’ be­lieves in fol­low­ing her heart

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IN PAR­MANU: The Story of Pokhran (May 25), the es­pi­onage thriller that de­tails how In­dia man­aged to fool United States and con­duct the nu­clear tests in 1998, Diana Penty is the only fe­male mem­ber of the team that pulled off the mis­sion. It’s also one of the fac­tors that drew her to the film even if it were a small part. “It was an im­por­tant enough part,” said Penty, “and be­ing the only woman on the mis­sion I thought it was cool.”

Par­manu is only the fourth film of the lanky model who made her de­but with the ur­ban ro­mance, Cock­tail in 2012.

In an in­dus­try where be­ing seen reg­u­larly is deemed nec­es­sary to sur­vive, Penty has been se­lec­tive about her parts.

Penty ad­mits there is pres­sure to be seen. “I have a team of peo­ple con­stantly telling me ‘may be you should con­sider do­ing this as well?’ ” said Penty. “But if my heart’s not in it, should I do it just be­cause there is pres­sure? I would rather wait it out and find some­thing that I gen­uinely want to do.”

It’s a dif­fi­cult bat­tle for Penty who had no act­ing am­bi­tions as a child, watched few Hindi films grow­ing up and got her first film by chance. “Some­times you doubt your­self. You don’t know what your next step should be,” she said.

Penty ad­mits there is pres­sure to be seen

Ac­tor Diana Penty who is choosy about her roles says she had no act­ing am­bi­tions as a child.

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