Meena Kumari of 2010

Divya Dutta gets a ’50s look for her black-and-white film, Chehre.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2010 14:34 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times

Divya DuttaAfter Shivaji Chandrabhushan’s Frozen (2009), Bollywood is back with another black- -and-white film. The only difference is that this one is set in the 1950s.

Directed by debutant Rohit Kaushik, Chehre, will mark the return of the just-married Manisha Koirala. Sharing screen space with her will be Divya Dutta, who recently won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi 6.

Apparently, her look is inspired by the Tragedy Queen Meena Kumari. Dutta admits to certain similarities and says she grew up watching actresses like Madhubala and Meena Kumari among others.

“I wish I had been born in that era. I love their hairstyles and the kohl in their eyes,” she smiles. Clearly pleased with her ’50s look, the actress says that the monochromatic shades made her look “prettier” and “exclusive”. “ I thought to myself ‘Wow! I look beautiful!’” she laughs.

A huge fan of Meena Kumari, Dutta admits that even if she tried, she would never be able to match up to this stunning woman and great actress who added her special touch to every role she played.

Chehre revolves around two sisters who are also actors. When asked if her character is anything like the real Dutta, the actress says,

“No way! She is positive but also insecure like many actors and the film is about the games she plays. I’m nothing like her.”

First Published: Jun 23, 2010 12:15 IST