Punjabi Kudi Divya Dutta going places

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By Manju Mittal

Ramsingh Charlie is Divya Dutta’s next film. Ramsingh Charlie was screened at the 46th International Film Festival of India ( IFFI ) directed by Nitin Kakkar  National Award Winning film maker of “Filmistaan”. The film features Divya Dutta and Kumud Mishra in main lead roles.

This Punjabi kudi Divya Dutta was born and brought up in Ludhiana, Punjab. Divya  Dutta is well known actress in Bollywood and Punjabi cinema. She has established herself as one of the leading actresses of parallel cinema. She has come a long way proving many naysayers wrong. Divya has been involved in numerous supporting and character roles and she has stormed the film Industry with her powerful performance in Bhag Milka Bhaag, Ragini 2, Veer Zara, Badalpur, Delhi 6 and many other films. She has won more than 25 awards in the film Industry. She has also won the best actress and best dancer award at the Punjab youth festival 1993.

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It was great meeting Divya Dutta in Goa after the Premier of ‘Ramsingh Charlie’. Divya shared her journey in the film Industry, her upcoming projects as we touched many other aspects of her busy life.

How was your experience working with National Award winning director of ‘Filmistaan’ Nitin Kakkar?

I felt like a kid in his hands, for an actor it is important to be totally in the hands of the director (laughs). He would tell me to be on the sets straight out of bed, with no make up. It was a little disorienting at first but gradually I understood his passion at portraying life as is. He is passionate about making cinema and honest about it. Nitin is a delight to work with as a person.

 What made you say yes to the film?

I heard the story of Ramsingh Charlie and I just saw myself doing the film. Ramsingh Charlie has been amazing journey for me. The film traces the life of an impersonator who performs in a circus.

Divya, since you are a Punjabi yourself which movies do you like doing most Hindi or Punjabi?

I just concentrate on films whether small or big, Hindi or non Hindi. I have done four Punjabi films and have enjoyed working in them as they can be just as good as any Hindi film. I am like clay that moulds based on the suitability of the role. I enjoyed doing all my films and all my films are close to my heart.

 As an actress you have done many patriotic and emotional roles, what next?

My upcoming film is ‘Chalk and Duster” where I play my first ever main antagonist role, working with two of my extremely favourite stars Shabana Azmi and Juhi Chawla.  I am doing Shyam Benegal’s next film ‘Jung-e-Azaadi, This film is about the freedom struggle of Punjab where I narrate the entire history of Punjab. I am also doing ‘Aayee Bala ko taal tu’ which stars Rishi Kapoor and a Malayalam thriller film “Traffic” with Manoj Bajpayee and Jimmi Shergill. There are two Hollywood flicks coming soon, but I can talk only about one of them as I am bound by a contract. The film is directed by Fred Holmes, and is titled Heart Land.

I am very excited about my main lead roles in upcoming projects. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s main or not but for the role to be a brilliant one is very important for me.

Divya, wishing you all the best for Ramsingh Charlie and your upcoming projects, any future plans on coming to Australia?

To tell you the truth I was supposed to come to Australia this year but it didn’t happen, definitely will be coming to Australia sometime soon. Vvikas Paul of Friends India Entertaainment is a good friend of mine who had invited. Do please pass on my wishes to him. And to at all down under my film Ramsingh Charlie is releasing in 2016 and I would request everyone to go watch it.

Nitin Kakkar’s debut film ‘Filmistaan’ won him the Best Feature Film Award in Hindi in the 60th National film Awards in 2012. His second film ‘Ramsingh Charlie’ may go on to win best film award this year. So do keep a watch for its release and see Divya Dutta .

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