Having begun her career in modeling working for Elite Models India in 2005, Diana Penty could have began her Bollywood debut in Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar opposite Ranbir Kapoor but the tinsel diva rejected the offer. Later on she began her acting debut in Cocktail and then took four year break as the offers following to her doorstep after portrayal of Meera, a simple Indian girl with traditional values, was well received by critics. Sugandha Rawal talks to Diana Penty and fishes out parameters set by the actor while selecting movie and her celluloid characters. Edited excerpts:
You will be seen in an action-packed “Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran”, and then “Happy Bhag Jayegi”. What prompted you to do such completely opposite films at same time?
I would love to try new things, try new roles and play different characters. It is something that I have always wanted and it is something that I have always tried to do with each film that I do. I try to make it different from the previous film, the role and the character. I would definitely be open to and would want to (try different things). There is a hunger to kind of do things that are different.
Does it mean you will try everything that comes your way?
I don’t know how drastic I would be… Like going bald is drastic. That is not something so easy and casual. It is a big deal… at least for me, it is a big deal. So that is something I would definitely try to find a way around. In our industry, there are ways to get around things, like you can do it artificially or use prosthetic. There are certain ways to get the feel of that thing instead of actually doing it; if that is possible, then why not?
But you have chosen two films that require two different looks for the characters you are portraying?
At the end of the day, there are other projects that you might be doing, or might be working on two films at the same time, or have a brand to endorse. You cannot completely change your look one day. And as I said earlier I am not completely closed to things, but having said, that I am practical. I weigh things and decide accordingly.
You took four years after such a successful debut in Cocktail opposite Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone. Don’t you think it is unjust to your fans when you took such long breaks from acting?
After Cocktail, I appeared on silver screen after four years but after that I had promised my fans that I will not take long breaks, and I have kept my word. My last on-screen outing was “Lucknow Central”, and I will next be seen as carefree Happy in “Happy Bhag Jayegi Returns”. I also have “Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran” in my kitty.
What your fans can expect from your Happy sequel as there is Sonakshi Sinha with whom you would be sharing screen space?
Happy Bhag Jaegi sequel with Sonakshi Sinha on board, is a continuation of the first part, which narrated the story of a girl named Happy who ran away from her wedding and reached Pakistan by mistake.
Now, coming to my character and role in this sequel, it was a super fun role. It is the same space again. It is great to know that because it was well-received by the audience we are making the second part. It is a great feeling to revisit the film.
And what about Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran?
“Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran”, also starring John Abraham is a story waiting to be told. “‘Parmanu…’ is definitely a very different subject for me. It is based on true events — which is the nuclear tests that India conducted (in Pokhran, Rajasthan, in 1998). The event changed the history of our country and made us a nuclear power. It was a life-changing event for the country; so it is good to be part of stories like that. It is an important story to tell, not only to our country but to the rest of the world.
Would you please share your role in Parmanu with our readers?
In “Parmanu….” I have a different role to play. I am doing action for the first time, which is something I have never attempted before, something I have to prep for. I have undergone training for a couple of months and did kick-boxing. It is exciting because it is so different.