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Diana Penty: Working with big names can be a little intimidating in the beginning

Actor Diana Penty worked with Farhan Akhtar in the recently released film Lucknow Central, and she would share screen space with John Abraham in her next, Parmanu.

bollywood Updated: Sep 24, 2017 16:25 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Diana Penty,Saif Ali Khan,Deepika Padukone
Actor Diana Penty made her acting debut with the 2012 film Cocktail, which also featured Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles.(Yogen Shah)

Actor Diana Penty made a rather unconventional debut playing a demure and traditional Indian girl in the 2012 film Cocktail, which also featured Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone. Four years later, in 2016, her second film, Happy Bhaag Jayegi, saw her paired opposite Abhay Deol and Ali Fazal. And now, in the just released Lucknow Central, Diana shared screen space with Farhan Akhtar, Gippy Grewal and Ronit Roy.

Has working with big names in films ever given her jitters? “It can be a little intimidating in the beginning but eventually, everything falls into place,” says Diana, who would play the lead role alongside John Abraham in her next, Parmanu.

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Recalling the time when she met the cast of Lucknow Central for the first time, Diana says, “I had heard about all these great actors and seen their work before, but had never really worked with them. I felt nervous thinking about their energy. I am the most junior actor and the most inexperienced and been around the least, amongst the lot.”

Diana admits that while working with senior and popular actors, one tends to put a certain kind of pressure on themselves. “You feel that they might judge you or will I be able to match a certain standard of performance. But at the same time, there’s so much you can gain from being in the same film as these talented actors and so much to take away,” she says.

The 31-year-old adds that she is always on the lookout to pick newer things from her co-stars. “Seeing them and perform alongside them, you get to learn and observe a lot. I feel, it enhances your performance automatically. So, there are more good things than there is to worry about,” she quips.

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First Published: Sep 24, 2017 16:25 IST