Ev­ery­thing Is So Tran­sient In This World, Es­pe­cially In Bol­ly­wood!

Stardust (English) - - COVER STORY -

Post kick start­ing 2018 with a mind-blow­ing hit like Par­manu, the gor­geous Diana Penty surely has more in store for us. And with Hap­pyPhirBhagJayegi, her year ahead looks pretty ex­cit­ing! The Cock­tail ac­tor, in a free­wheel­ing chat with Sub­ho­jit Ghosh, shares her thoughts about her films and more…

Which was that de­cid­ing mo­ment when you made up your mind on be­com­ing an ac­tor?

There was never any such mo­ment! In fact when I look back, I re­al­ize that I was an ac­tor way be­fore I had the time to even think about it! Cock­tail hap­pened so quickly and un­ex­pect­edly that I didn’t even re­al­ize what I was get­ting into. It was only after the film re­leased and peo­ple started ap­pre­ci­at­ing my per­for­mance that it be­gan to sink in. That’s when I re­alised how much I en­joyed the process of play­ing Meera and that I wanted to play more and more char­ac­ters and ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent kinds of films. Cock­tail was the best thing to have hap­pened to me pro­fes­sion­ally, and I’m grate­ful that it turned out the way it did.

Do you think you have pro­gressed in your ca­reer the way you had ex­pected?

I think I have cer­tainly pro­gressed from where I be­gan. I was a com­plete out­sider to the in­dus­try when I started out and was re­ally lucky to have a de­but like Cock­tail. Since then, whether it’s been Cock­tail or Hap­pyBhagJayegi or Luc­knowCen­tral or Par­manu, I’ve been for­tu­nate enough to meet and work with some in­cred­i­ble peo­ple along the way. I’m also happy that I’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to play the kind of roles that I have and be part of films that I’ve truly en­joyed work­ing on. And along the way I’ve de­vel­oped this hunger to do a lot more work. Find­ing the right films can some­times be a slow, frus­trat­ing process but that apart, I’m happy with my jour­ney so far.

The time gap be­tween your first and sec­ond film is four years. What took so long?

Yes, it did take me a while be­tween my first and sec­ond film, but it’s not like I had stopped work­ing al­to­gether. I was still mod­el­ling, I had a few en­dorse­ments and cam­paigns that I was work­ing on as well. I was busy enough at the time. It wasn’t a con­scious break from films like peo­ple had as­sumed.

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