National Award-winning actor and writer Divya Dutta expresses herself in Chandigarh. She went there to deliver a keynote address at Literati-21, the Chandigarh literature festival, at the UT Guest House. This happened on Sunday, the 12th of December.
Divya expresses herself on the theme of this year’s Literati. Divya said, “In the times we live in, everything depends on hope, so this year’s Literati theme ‘manifesting hope’ is a positive title as the way we think, work and express ourselves to the world has to manifest hope because that is what keeps us going through the thick and thin of life.”
On her writing curve from Me and Ma to The Stars in My Sky: Those Who Brightened My Film Journey, she says, “After the first book, everyone asked what was I coming up with next.
And when I thought it was time to write again about what I’m most passionate about and that happens to be my world of movies and the people who made a difference in my journey.”
“Everyone has their own journey, but there are always a few people who make that worth it, by bringing you to smile, patting your back, saying the right words at the right moment, all that and more.
You work with these people, you meet them, have fun with them. But not many times do you actually tell them about your gratitude. So, this book is all about that and I’m overwhelmed with the response,” Dutta says as she expresses herself.
On her journey as a female writer, she says, “I am a fortunate woman for having the freedom to express myself the way I want to – as an actor and now as a writer. That’s a liberating feeling. People acknowledging me for it is even more so. I feel so good to see so many women writers at the literature fests, it’s really heartening.”
She expresses and reveals that she is working on many upcoming films. They include a Dibakar Banerjee film, Aankh Micholi, Dhaakad, and Sharmajiki Beti. She is also working on two web shows, two short films, and two English films.
Of all the work she has done so far, Veer-Zaara and Delhi-6, she says, were the toughest and most-interesting roles. This is because they were path-breaking. They also required a lot of preparation on language, and homework in getting into the character. So, these two films are closest to her heart.
In the current Punjabi cinema scenario, the Ludhiana girl says, “I’m very happy with the current scene. I’m part of one of the films under Gippy Grewal’s production called Maa. The production house will release it on Mother’s Day. I’m so glad to see the production house making such different films of different genres.”
“Earlier, I used to think that only comedy films are now being produced in Punjabi cinema, but even in the comedy genre, I see that these are very different films. The audience wants that and the makers are making them, so it makes me happy and proud,” she says.
On her Chandigarh connection, Divya Dutta expresses herself in an emotional manner. She says: “It’s my childhood city. This is the place that gave me opportunities. As a student, the Panjab University affiliated me and had won the best actor award at the youth fest and another best orator award.
So, Chandigarh gave me chances and acknowledged and applauded me. And this city has always been close to me because of its great balance of city life and warmth that we Punjabis have.”
“Also, I shot my first two films here, Train to Pakistan and Shaheed-e-Mohabbat Boota Singh. So, that’s another beautiful connection,” the Bhaag Milkha Bhaag actor concludes.