There’s a huge difference between portraying a role on the silver screen and on the stage. There’s a certain thrill in performing in front of a live audience, which Divya Dutta definitely knows about. She recently tried her hand at theatre with a Punjabi play Teri Amrita.
Directed by none other than Om Puri, the play was recently staged in the City. It’s a well-known piece of theatre and has been performed earlier by actors like Shabana Azmi and Farooque Sheikh.
And for Divya, bagging a role like this was a dream come true. What made it even more special was the fact she had Shabana Azmi in the audience when she
first acted the part.
“I have grown up watching Shabanaji and it was an honour to have her in the audience, watching me play the role that she previously had,” Divya tells Metrolife.
The year 2013 started off on a very bright note for the actress, with her films Special 26 and Zilla Ghaziabad doing well at the box office. Her performances in both the films have been very different.
“Neeraj Pandey, who directed Special 26 has always been on my wishlist of directors and I got to try out some action stunts in Zilla.... This year has been very kind to me and I am hoping it will continue like that,” she says.
Having portrayed a wide array of roles — whether supporting or lead — Divya says that she is happy with the kind of work she is getting. “I have always liked to be known as an actor. I don’t want to limit myself to just being a good-looking girl. I want to be different and leave an impact. Everyone knows that I am a greedy actor and if there is good role out there, I will grab it,” she says.
Divya is quick to add that she has been lucky that the directors who
approach her are well aware of this.
The niche she has carved for herself in the film industry is something she is happy about. Soon, she will be seen in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Lootera and a Hollywood project.
“I am contract bound and won’t be able to reveal much about any of them. I am happy that I have been offered such a vast canvas because I rediscover myself with every role,” signs off Divya.