Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya is a busy woman, but that doesn’t stop her from learning new things. She says, she feels stagnated if she “doesn’t learn something” for a long time.
The actor says, “When you are working in a daily soap, monotony sets in and that happened to me too. I wanted to do something new and learn something different. Since childhood, I have been learning new things. In fact, I have been planning to join a Pilates class and even brushed up on my French few months ago.”
Divyanka credits her mother, who is her inspiration in life. She says, “I am an adventure freak, but instead of me, my mum and dad go for treks, rifle shooting and car rallies at this age. My mother has been learning Bharatanatyam since seven years. This motivates me to explore new things.”
The actor, who is currently doing a dance reality show Nach Baliye, says she is glad to be a part of it, as it gives her time to bond with her husband, Vivek Dahiya. “We didn’t have a long-term affair before we got married. We met and things fell into place within three months. We didn’t have enough time to spend together before our wedding.”
She rues the fact that “even after eight months of their wedding”, they haven’t been able to spend much time together at home. She adds, “We are constantly shooting or travelling or meeting people for work. We have spent maximum one or two days without any work at home with each other. But when you dance together, there is a certain bonding that develops. That’s why this show was a good opportunity [for us] to be with each other for hours and understand each other.”
Divyanka feels that reality shows don’t help one’s career, but assists people to grow on a personal level. “Many actors participate in reality shows for publicity, but that can go either way. I believe that reality shows should teach you something. It’s useful only if it helps you grow as an actor.”
The actor has been part of two reality shows in the beginning of her career — Mr & Ms Bollywood and India’s Best — but she didn’t win either of them and got no work either. “But I learnt [in the process], got a lot of exposure and confidence. I know how to handle pressure and challenges, which is important for any actor. Fame is seasonal and one has to realise that as an actor, this (fame) is temporary,” she signs off.