In a ‘HAPPY’ space

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Aug 2018 10:44:18


By Radhika Bhirani,

FROM the shy and simple Meera of Cocktail to the vivacious and free-spirited Happy of Happy Bhag Jayegi, Diana Penty, who will next be seen in its sequel Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi,isgladhersophomore film itself gave her a chance to break the mould and find her feet in Bollywood,where she is now in a“happy”space.

Looking backather career, the model-turned-actress told IANS:“Cocktailwas the perfectdebutbutIknewthat with it came a certain standard thatI hadtotry andlive up to moving forward. So I guess there was a certain pressure to choose right script and do the right kind of film.

At that time,Iwas new to the industry. “I didn’t know too many people and didn’t have anyone to really guide me.It took me a while to figure out how to proceed,what direction to take - whether I should be doing a small part in a big film or an interesting role in a smaller film. Whether to follow my intuition or blindly follow what people were telling me to do, whether to stick to stories I genuinely believed in, or do everything that came my way. It was indeed a confusing time.

” “When I came across Happy Bhag Jayegi, I knew it would be the perfect second film for me. It was a funny,yet sweet story and it gave me the opportunity to play a character that was remarkably different from Meera. Since people had already labelled me as the shy, girl next door, I thought this would be a great way to give themsome thing they weren’t expecting. “When I look back now, I realise that though it took me a while to find my feet, I eventually managed to chart my own course and find a space I’m happy in,” Diana told IANS. Now as Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi-- which also features Sonakshi Sinha -- gears up forrelease, Diana feels excited about how industry has been going through remarkable change for women in the last couple of years.

“Women are playing more andmore central characters and what’s even more encouraging is that the audience is beginning to appreciate women centric films-whether it’s Tanu Weds Manu, Piku, Queen, or Happy Bhag Jayegi.All these are stories centred around female characters and they all did well at the box office.

“So it definitely is an exciting time for women in films, with so many options of roles and genres of films to experiment with.” She alsonotes a change in the stories themselves. “They’re evolving and becoming more real-from biopics tostories inspiredby true events or even slice of life films. Of course, there will continue to be the outand-out commercial entertainers as well.

Those will always do well and for good reason.Afterall,who wouldn’t want to watcha light,funny film at the end of a long day? But what’s great is that there is now a healthy balance between both kinds of cinema, which gives the audience a wider range of films to choose from.”