IM­AGE IS NOT EV­ERY­THING FOR DIVYA DUTTA

Al­ways ex­plor­ing new pas­tures helps the ac­tor avoid get­ting type­cast

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - ENTERTAINMENT - Yashika Mathur ■ yashika.mathur@htlive.com

Ac­tor Divya Dutta might have won her first Na­tional Award only now, but the Bad­la­pur and Black­mail ac­tor has al­ways been a dar­ling of the crit­ics. Dutta won in the Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress cat­e­gory for the film Irada, which also starred Ar­shad Warsi and Naseerud­din Shah, on May 5.

“I go by my in­stinct,” Dutta says about her ap­proach to choos­ing the right script and roles. “The gut feel­ing that I have might have no logic. I ei­ther like the script or I don’t. If I do, I just go for it, and when I have to be a part of it, noth­ing stops me from giv­ing my best to the char­ac­ter. For me, that is the big­gest chal­lenge I take,” she shares.

Dutta, with a body of work be­hind her that com­prises starkly different roles — Milkha Singh’s sis­ter in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), a sweeper in Delhi-6, a prison worker who has a ca­sual fling with Varun Dhawan’s char­ac­ter in Bad­la­pur (2015) — feels she can­not be type­cast.

“The trick is to look different in front of the cam­era. I am not im­age-bound. No one can say that I have done some­thing sim­i­lar be­fore and that I have a cer­tain im­age. I am happy about it,” she says. Dutta, how­ever, as­serts that she doesn’t have a set ap­proach or pat­tern for the choice of her roles.

“I did a crazy role in Black­mail. I just go for the di­rec­tor. I am a di­rec­tor’s child. If I see that the di­rec­tor is of­fer­ing some­thing that I have not done be­fore, it makes me a lot more ex­cited. I don’t see if it’s a so­cially rel­e­vant is­sue or if there is a mes­sage in it. I would rather work in all gen­res,” she signs off.

PHOTO: SARANG GUPTA/HT

Divya Dutta has won the Na­tional Film Award in the Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress cat­e­gory for her film Irada

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