Imageless beauty 'everywhere'

Last Updated 31 January 2010, 07:03 IST

"I have been lucky to get different roles. I am totally imageless. If I can work with Shyam Benegal and Yash Chopra together, who are the kings of art house and commercial cinema and win awards for both of them then it means I have placed myself everywhere," Divya told PTI in an interview.

Divya, who has completed a decade in the industry, first got recognition by dubbing for Lisa Ray in Kasoor (2001). Since then, she has carved a niche for herself with supporting roles in films by heavyweights like Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra and Rituparno Ghosh.
"You can't call me a stereotypical heroine, I am here to stay as I am known more as an actor. There are few girls in Bollywood who can do that and I have my own little place where I have been able to work with all the big names," she said.

Despite getting critical acclaim, Divya has done very few films where she has got the opportunity to play the lead but the actress does not regret it.
"You can't play the lead in every film, look at Sanjeev Kumar or Irrfan Khan in recent times, they are known for their acting and can't be ignored. In females its a very limited category and I am enjoying what I am doing," Divya added.

Apart from mainstream hindi cinema, the 38-year-old actress has been a popular face in Punjabi films also besides having a successful stint on the small screen.
"In my upcoming Punjabi film 'Sukhmani-Hope for Life' I am portraying a Kashmiri girl and it is a very intense role as otherwise I always play the chatterbox," Divya said.
The film, directed by Manjeet Mann, sees Divya pairing up with Punjabi superstar Gurdaas Mann and Juhi Chawla.

"Juhi is one of my favourite actresses and it was like a picnic working with her. This is our third film together. Nobody can beat her comic timing ever," she added.
Last seen in 'Delhi-6', Dutta also has three Hollywood projects up her sleeve including Jennifer Lynch's 'Hissss' and Fred Holmes's 'Heart Land'.

"The directors are very passionate in Hollywood, it gives you a chance to expand your horizon. As of now, it's really good for me. I have worked very hard to reach this stature. I love it when people come up to me and say that they like me," she said.
As the year unfolds, Divya will been seen in a number of Bollywood films starting off with with Subhash Ghai's 'Hello Darling' and 'Chaloo', a comedy where she will be seen doing a spoof of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe.

"I have a number of films, 'Haat- A weekly Bazaar' in which my role is very intense, 'Chehrey', a period movie set in the 1940's. Then I'll be seen in 'Monica' which is based on the life of a journalist. Then I'll be seen in a film by Amol Gupte on children, a film with Rani Mukherji's brother and one with Bobby and Sunny Deol," Divya said.

(Published 31 January 2010, 07:03 IST)

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