Bollywood actor Divya Dutta, who has proved herself as an actor with movies like Veer-Zaara, Baghban and Delhi-6, says she now wants to try her hands at film direction.
“I would love to direct films and it’s certainly on the cards,” said Divya, adding that there’s still some time before she dons the director’s hat. “I am lucky that I have worked with some wonderful directors so far — Madhur Bhandarkar and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, among others. I am planning to direct films in the future, but nothing right now.”
Divya believes assisting a director before taking up the task single-handedly is not necessary.
“You don’t need to assist anybody to become a director,” said Divya, who is busy writing her first book in the meantime. She started on her book while shooting for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, and became confident after writing newspaper columns.
“Writing is something I am doing right now. I was always passionate about it,” she said. “I am writing a novel right now — it comes naturally to me like acting.”
While growing up, Divya went to Sacred Heart Convent in Ludhiana. She was highly praised for her work in Shaheed-e-Mohabbat and later won 25 awards in the film industry. While Divya has been awarded the Best Supporting Actress in Veer-Zaara and Delhi-6, she has also been nominated for Filmfare and Star Screen Award twice.
Divya’s ambition and dedication is seen through the versatility of her career. Not leaving anything behind, she played the lead role of Shanno in the TV series titled Shanno Ki Shaadi. In total, Divya has acted in more than 60 films, including at least two international ones. She is also quite popular in Punjabi cinema.
Before the release of her most recent film Gippi, Divya made a statement about her love for versatility. “I have always tried to do different things — I have played the role of a friend in Veer-Zaara, a teacher in Stanley Ka Dabba, a con woman in Special 26,” said Divya, according to the Times of India. “It is a deliberate attempt on my part to choose different roles. I have never done cliched things.”
Published in The Express Tribune, June 25th, 2013.