Divya Dutta on playing a mother's role in upcoming Fanney Khan
Divya Dutta who will be seen opposite Anil Kapoor in Fanney Khan talks about her role and future projects
Divya Dutta is known for having portrayed some memorable roles in Hindi films. Her next, Fanney Khan, will add another such role to her portfolio. Divya plays Kavita Sharma, the wife of Fanney Khan and Lata Sharma’s mother. From the trailer of the film, it is evident that Kavita is the backbone of the family, and stands by her daughter and her husband as a pillar of support.
“It is essentially a story about a father and his daughter. You need a bridge between the father and the daughter and I play that bridge. It is a layered role. Sometimes she is a friend, sometimes she is child-like, and most times everyone depends on her. She is the typical woman of the house,” explains Divya. One of the reasons Divya agreed to be part of Fanney Khan is Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra whose production house is co-producing this film. Divya has worked with Rakeysh in two of his most memorable productions, Delhi-6 and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. “He has entrusted me with some really good roles in the past. Secondly, this is the first time I am working with Anil Kapoor and I was excited about it. But, yes, the role was really interesting and I couldn’t say no to it,” she says.
Divya like so many others is in awe of how the veteran actor has managed to look the same ever since he entered the industry. She also admires how energetic he is on sets. “The way he does his homework is something I admire. He has given Fanney’s character a different kind of energy,” she says. An important aspect of the film that is highlighted in the trailer is body shaming in the entertainment industry and how the protagonist overcomes this.
Divya explains that certain professions require people to look a certain way, but the film deals with it objectively. She says, “We don’t give a different view point. But this film breaks that norm and shows how with parents’ support, you can achieve your dreams.”
Characters in demand
Be it playing Shabbo’s role in Veer Zaara or Jalebi in Delhi-6, Divya lights up the screen with her commendable performance. She says now is the best time for actors like her because the audience is a lot more evolved. “Now everything is very story-oriented. A lot of importance is given to the storyline. The audience has evolved and it matters that you present an unusual story with characters woven around them. It is a very good time for actors to experiment. That’s why artistes like Rajkummar Rao and Vicky Kaushal are being loved by everyone,” she offers.
After Fanney Khan, Divya will be seen playing the role of Malala Yousafzai’s mother in the film Gul Makai which is based on the Nobel laureate’s life. “It was a cake-walk to play the role. The researchers on the film had done a lot of homework and I had read Malala’s book,” she says. She will also be seen opposite Manav Kaul in the upcoming film Music Teacher and has a total of eight new releases this year.