Peo­ple’s ad­vice causes con­fu­sion, feels Diana

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Rishabh Suri rishabh.suri@htlive.com

Ac­tor Diana Penty is rid­ing high on the suc­cess of her lat­est film Par­manu: The Story of Pokhran, in which she stars op­po­site ac­tor John Abra­ham. De­pict­ing the sec­ond nuclear tests of In­dia, the film has been ap­pre­ci­ated for its sto­ry­line and per­for­mances by crit­ics and fans alike.

Diana, who com­pletes six years in Bol­ly­wood in July (her de­but film Cock­tail re­leased in the same month in 2012), re­calls how the jour­ney has been so far.

“It’s been a good one, with ups and downs. I am happy [with] where I am to­day, and the peo­ple I have got a chance to work with have been beau­ti­ful. I have formed great equa­tions, but there’s so much more to do. I want to be able to work more than one film in an year,” says the ac­tor who has acted in films such as Happy Bhag Jayegi (2016) and Lucknow Cen­tral (2017).

Ear­lier, as a new­comer, Diana says that she was bom­barded with a lot of ad­vice by dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

“Peo­ple will give haz­aar ad­vice,” she says, adding, “If you fol­low the ad­vice peo­ple give you, you [only] reach con­fu­sion. You have to de­cide for yourself, and come to a con­clu­sion on your own. I have grown to un­der­stand what makes me tick, what doesn’t. When I read film scripts now, I know I need to lis­ten to my gut, be­cause at the end of the day, that’s what got me here. I don’t want to do a film just be­cause peo­ple said [I should].”

When Cock­tail re­leased, Diana was hailed as ‘the next big thing’. How­ever, it took her four years to come out with her sec­ond film, Happy Bhag Jaayegi. So, how easy or hard it was for her to ad­just to this rat-race of Bol­ly­wood, where be­ing in the lime­light is es­sen­tial, and fates change ev­ery Fri­day? “It’s hu­man na­ture, you ac­cept it. I truly don’t be­lieve in these tags of com­mer­cial, main­stream, or art. It doesn’t mat­ter what the cin­ema is, but the sto­ry­line does. I think the heart and soul lies in the story, ev­ery­thing comes later, even the per­for­mances. It should be a story you should want to go and watch in the­atres as an au­di­ence. That’s why it took me longer to do the num­ber of films I did,” says the ac­tor.

You have to de­cide for yourself, and come to a con­clu­sion on your own. I have grown to un­der­stand what makes me tick, what doesn’t. DIANA PENTY AC­TOR

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