She might be in her early 40s but in terms of the amount of work she has done, actor Divya Dutta could well be termed as a Bollywood veteran, with both critically-acclaimed films such as Train to Pakistan (1998) and commercial hits such as Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) in her kitty.
Even after being in the industry for two decades, the actor feels privileged to still be getting plum roles. “This is really the best phase of my career. I have had to struggle a lot, but yes, I’ve always been a bit greedy about getting good roles. That’s how I created a balance. It’s a great feeling that I’m still getting challenging roles to portray,” says the Ludhiana-born actor.
Divya is currently awaiting the release of her next film, Manjunath, that is based on the real-life character of a young man, who was killed for taking a stand against the UP oil mafia in 2005. She plays the role of Anjali Mullati, who takes up the cause of seeking justice for the deceased.
Talking about the Sandeep A Varma directorial, she says that she loved the role, and felt it would be a big challenge to play a real-life character. “I have never judged a film by its budget or stars.
For me, it’s important to enjoy my role, to constantly discover myself, and have a different experience each time,” says the actor, adding, “The reach of big-budget films is bigger, but I have always loved doing films that I believe in.”