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‘People don’t know I am a grammar freak,’ says Diana Penty

A quick getaway on her own cheers the actor up when she is feeling low

brunch Updated: Sep 10, 2016 23:07 IST
Diana Penty once jumped off a plane over Cape Town

A quick getaway on her own cheers Diana Penty up when she is feeling low.

Birthday: November 2

Place of birth: Mumbai  

Home town: Mumbai

Sun sign: Scorpio

School/College: St Agnes’ High School/St Xavier’s College, Mumbai

High point of your life:

Jumping off a plane at 12,000 feet over Cape Town!

Low point of your life:

When I lost my first and only dog and best friend, Ruff

First break: Cocktail (2012

Currently I am: Happy

One thing you’d spend the most money on at your wedding.

Food and drinks.

How did you spend your three-year sabbatical after Cocktail?

I worked part time and spent time travelling and soul searching. A lot of things changed for me post Cocktail and it took me a while to adjust to them.

If not an actor/model, you’d have been...

Probably in the marketing and communications field – it’s what I have a degree in. I completed my Bachelor of Mass Media (Advertising) from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

On a day off you…

Chill! I am quite a homebody. I am very happy sitting in my favourite spot on the couch, reading a book.

One thing you would always like to get as a gift.

It’s the thought that counts.

On a bad hair day, you...

Clip the front up and leave the rest down. Sometimes I just tie it all up in a bun.

If a spaceship landed in your backyard, you would...

Jump right on, no turning back.

Three things that are always in your handbag...

Credit cards, phone, lip balm.

Something about you that not many people know.

I’m a grammar freak.

One invention you are waiting for.

It would be a face and name recognition app.

One Bollywood role you wish you could have played.

Can’t pick just one. Meera in NH10 (2015), Piku in Piku (2015), Rani in Queen (2014).

The last book you read was...

Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service by Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal.

The first Bollywood film that you saw on the big screen.

It was Sapnay (1997) starring Kajol, Arvind Swamy and Prabhu Deva.

The best advice you ever got...

Do your best and then let go.

One rumour that you’d like to start about yourself...

That Diana is a fantastic dancer.

Your go-to fitness routine.


What cheers you up when you are feeling low?

A short getaway on my own.

An embarrassing moment that you’ll never forget.

That awkward moment when I was about to sit on a chair but missed the seat.

Things you just can’t stand.

Bad road manners and bad punctuation.

Five things on your bucket list?

Norway, Ladakh, whale watching (especially orcas) in the wild, seeing the Northern Lights, watching Bruce Springsteen live in concert.

Three places you love shopping in?

New York, London, Sydney.

One thing about the world that you’d like to change...

We must be kinder to animals.


Diana’s favourites

Favourite movie : A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Favourite actor/s: Kate Winslet, Al Pacino

Favourite gadget: My cold press juicer

Favourite colour: Dark blue

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First Published: Sep 10, 2016 22:18 IST