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National Award winner Divya Dutta on her choice of films: I am not image-bound

Blackmail actor Divya Dutta, who has won her first National Award for her film Irada (2017), says that always exploring new pastures helps her avoid getting typecast.

bollywood Updated: May 17, 2018 17:11 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
Divya Dutta,Irada,Bhaag Milka Bhaag
Actor Divya Dutta was seen in this year’s Blackmail.(Sarang Gupta/ HT Photo)

Divya Dutta might have won her first National Award only now, but the Badlapur (2015) and Blackmail actor has always been a darling of the critics. Dutta recently won in the Best Supporting Actress category for the film Irada, which also starred Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi, on May 5.

“I go by my instinct,” Dutta says about her approach to choosing the right script and roles. “The gut feeling that I have might have no logic. I either like the script or I don’t. If I do, I just go for it, and when I have to be a part of it, nothing stops me from giving my best to the character. For me, that is the biggest challenge I take,” she shares.

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“Dutta, with a body of work behind her that comprises diverse roles — Milkha Singh’s sister in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), an lower-caste sweeper in Delhi-6, a prison worker who has a casual fling with Varun Dhawan’s character in Badlapur (2015) — feels she cannot be typecast.

“The trick is to look different in front of the camera. I am not image-bound. No one can say that I have done something similar before and that I have a certain image. I am happy about it,” she says. Her filmography testifies that the actor’s choice of stories has gradually shifted to content-driven cinema. Dutta, however, asserts that she doesn’t have a set approach or pattern for the choice of her roles.

“I did a crazy role in Blackmail. I just go for the director. I am a director’s child. If I see that the director is offering something that I have not done before, it makes me a lot more excited. I don’t see if it’s a socially relevant issue or if there is a message in it. I would rather work in all genres,” she signs off.

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First Published: May 17, 2018 17:11 IST