“Badlapur” actress Divya Dutta was surprised when she was offered an out-and-out negative role in “Chalk N Duster”, which also stars Juhi Chawla and Shabana Azmi but said she eventually started enjoying it.
“I’m playing the principal in the film. I’m working with two of my extremely favourite stars, Shabanaji and Juhi. They would make fun of me that you’re very nasty in the film. But when a scene is done by two actors, we keep getting tremendous inspiration which is really nice.
“I felt a bit different that I was offered a negative role which was a starkly negative role. But when I got completely immersed into the scene, I really enjoyed and discovered the dark side in me,” Divya said at an event on ‘Nation Building’ for students at Ryan Global School here.
Divya has been involved in numerous supporting and character roles such as “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” and “Ragini MMS 2” throughout her career but she feels that character artists deserve special mention. “Their importance is the most as they play both main leads as well as characters. But they are not restricted to anything in particular and likewise I don’t like being bound by anything.”
She is excited about her main lead roles in her upcoming projects. “All the three films that are coming up, you’ll see me in the main lead roles. In one of them, you’ll see me in the main lead while in one I’m the main negative while in one you’ll see me in comic role again in the main category. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s main or not but for the role to be a brilliant one is very important for me.”
“Chalk N Duster”, directed by Jayant Gilatar, also stars Jackie Shroff, Zarina Wahab, Samir Soni among others.