After being part of Deepika Padukone starrer COCKTAIL in 2012, everyone thought model-turned-actor Diana Penty will go to dizzying heights. On the contrary she went missing and the lanky actress is back in action with upcoming film HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI.
Playing two contrasting roles from a coy and reticent girl to loud-mouthed Happy in Aanand L Rai's film, Diana talks about her transition as an actor. She also spoke in length about her long break and her take on choosing theater and more.
Excerpts from the interview:
COCKTAIL to HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI, it's been four year sabbatical, why such a long gap?
I never plan things in life. Acting to modeling nothing was planned, it just happened. While I was studying somebody came along on elite model management and I took up as I wanted to be financially independent and then acting too happened. I am not from a non-filmy background so taking up acting wasn't easy. As far as movies are concerned, after COCKTAIL I was waiting for an intriguing script to come my way. I liked HAPPY BHAAG JAYEGI's script and gave a nod.
As you took a long break, how was it facing the camera for the first shot of HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI?
Not this time but yes, during COCKTAIL I was nervous initially and scared there was stage fright. I remember, the first day I was feeling the chills. Once the camera rolled I was fine and then I knew my goal has been accomplished.
Tell us about your character Happy?
She is loud, wears her heart on the sleeve. She says what's on her mind she is impulsive. A hard core Punjabi! It's her journey from how she lands into a different country.
How much Diana is similar to Happy?
Diana is very different. I am not at all like Happy. I think 500 times before I say or do anything. I am opinionated. I am independent. I take my own decision, I am brave. I am not loud mouthed at all. While there are certain traits that are common like being independent and taking my own decisions.
What motivated you to choose HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI?
The reason I choose this role was I felt that the character was different loud, Punjabi it was an unexpected role for me to say yes, and after playing a demure role I said an instant yes for it. Playing a title role that too so loud, I am excited for it. The thought itself that the movie will not do well is scary and it is quite disheartening to even think about it.
Are you open to doing theater and television?
I am not from acting background or theater background. I don't know how it functions so I won't be able to manage theater. As for television I haven't thought about it. If there is good content and good backing I will think about it.
Is the movie based on RUNAWAY BRIDE concept?
I am not sure as I have not been there.
Any movies that you have signed post HAPPY BHAAG JAYEGI?
I haven't signed anything as yet. I will read some scripts and I want to do more different kind of roles. I feel nothing is impossible, from plying next girl demure to a loud mouthed Punjabi girl, I can now do anything.