True fascination

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Aug 2017 09:08:43


Diana Penty will be next seen in Lucknow Central, which is inspired by a true story, and the actor says she likes being part of films that are based on real-life incidents.

Set against the backdrop of a jail, Lucknow Central features Farhan Akhtar as a prisoner who forms a band along with other jail inmates.

“I have always wanted to be a part of stories that I have felt strongly about and Lucknow Central is one such story. I instantly took to it when Nikkhil Advani (producer) told me about it.
“Playing Gayatri (her character) after my last release Happy Bhag Jayegi was refreshing. And I like the idea of being part of a story that is based on true events,” Diana told PTI.

The film also stars Deepak Dobriyal, Ronit Roy, Rajesh Sharma, and Punjabi actor-singer Gippy Grewal.
For the first time, the Cocktail actor has teamed up with Farhan for a film.
“Farhan is a multi-talented person. I have always had great respect for him as an actor, director, writer, musician and producer. So, it was a great learning experience working with him.”

In Lucknow Central Diana plays an NGO worker and is seen sporting a non glamorous look.
“Ranjit Tiwari (director) and Nikkhil were very clear on how they envisioned Gayatri, they wanted her to be real and relatable.

Our attempt was to make her a girl you possibly know or have met at least once in your life,” she says. “I have interacted and worked with NGOs in the past, so I had a brief idea of how I could play her. But I didn’t want her to be stereotypical either, so I decided to bring a little of myself to the character,” she adds.
The film will mark directorial debut of Ranjit Tiwari.