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Divya Dutta talks about her 25-year journey in Bollywood

Over the years, Divya Dutta has established herself as one of the most talented actors in the Industry who can pull off almost any role. Over her career spanning 25 years, she has played many memorable roles and has won many awards including the National Award.

The actress always dreamed on being an actress. "I would tear my mom’s dupattas, tie them around my waist and apply her red lipstick to emulate Amitabh Bachchan’s paan-chewing look in Khaiyke paan Banaraswala from the film Don," she reminicsces 

She loved perfroming in from of an audience. "I totally loved their reactions to my performances! I was aware that this creative expression meant a lot to me. Yes, I daydreamed a lot too. In between my studying spells, I would take a break and enact my reaction at a future award ceremony when they would announce: And the Filmfare Best Actress award goes to Divya Dutta,” she says.

Her journey in Bollywood has had its share of ups and downs. Talking about that phase she says, "The most interesting thing about our industry is that nobody says 'no' to you to your face, probably because you never know who will become a star the next moment and you might need him/ her. So when I met people, they all said, ‘We will work together soon’. So I would happily call my mother to tell her that her daughter had made it big. I had signed 22 films! It’s a different story that none of them went on the floors and even if they did, it was without me of course. This was my introduction to the world of rejections, the world of ‘no’ that I had never heard in my life till this time. I was only used to love and pampering! Where had I come? Why were they not doing what they promised?.”

Despite all the probles, she is thankful for the life that she has had in the industry. “I have spent 25 years in the industry and thank God, they still ‘need’ me. This is an amazing place to be, provided you keep rediscovering yourself and surprising people! Sometimes, I marvel at how dreams become realities, especially in this dream world of movies. Gratitude!”

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-Manisha Karki 

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