Graceful Beauty - Diana Penty

Many years ago, the gorgeous Diana Penty made an impressive debut in Cocktail and was immediately accepted by the audience. And while this was the case for this unassuming lucky actress, she had other plans for herself. She chose to be mindful rather than give in to the audiences’ expectations, unlike most of her contemporaries.She turned down all her offers, which any other actress would have taken advantage of in her position. After almost four years, the model-turned-actress came back on screen with Happy Bhaag Jayegi and then with Lucknow Central, Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran, Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi, and a special appearance in Khandaani Shafakhana.

While the actress may be the first Indian ambassador for the global brand Estée Lauder, several factors indicate that Diana is humble and amicable. For starters, she remains grounded despite gracing international runways and playing muse to several designers. She shared with IANS, “It is an honour to be the first face for Estée Lauder in India. Being the first Indian woman to represent this iconic global brand is a dream come true. I think confidence and inner happiness makes one beautiful and I hope that I can inspire other young women to bring out the beauty in them.”

The graceful beauty turned showstopper for Ridhi Mehra during the recent Lakmé Fashion Week 2019. Asked if she is fashion conscious in real life, she told IANS, “It depends on what I’m doing and where I’m going. If I’m lounging at home or off to the gym or catching up with friends over coffee, then I would not be bothered really. If I’m dressing for a dinner or a night out or even an event, that is when I enjoy getting my fashion game on.”

Being a Star

Diana Penty feels that being constantly judged is a part and parcel of being a public figure, and she agrees it can be ruthless sometimes.Asked what she thinks about constant judgment made on a celebrity’s style, Diana told IANS, “While I agree that it is a part and parcel of being a public figure, I do think people can be a little ruthless sometimes. It is very easy to sit in the comfort of your home, scroll through your Instagram feed and pass judgments on a celebrity’s choice of outfit, hair, and makeup.”

“There are so many factors that contribute to that final look you see in pictures. Like the kind of event it is, whether there’s a certain brief the celebrity is expected to stick to, body types, what suits you, what doesn’t, what kind of day you’ve had, and sometimes unforeseen circumstances where you have only a couple of hours to find something to wear,” she added.The 33-year-old actress said that given all the craziness, the celebrities still “make it work, so it wouldn’t hurt being just a little considerate sometimes”.

On the fear of wardrobe malfunctions during a catwalk, Diana said, “I am really particular about these things, so I make sure I do a thorough round of fittings before the show so that everything fits perfectly and there is no scope for any malfunctions. But what I do worry about is tripping and falling on the ramp. With high heels, you can never be sure.”

On Films

Having done films as different as chalk and cheese, Diana says she would love to do a thriller and a “full action film”. “What excites me the most is choosing films that are completely different from each other, which as an actor gives you something different to play with each time. It urges you to step outside your comfort zone and play characters you have never experienced before, in genres you have never worked on before,” Diana told IANS.

“It can be challenging and that is what keeps me motivated as an actor. And while I’m open to all kinds of films and genres, I would love to do a thriller and a full on action film one day,” added the actress. But does she credit her catwalk days to being a successful actor today? “Of course, I do. I am where I am today because of my modelling career and that’s something I will always be grateful for. It was through the various magazine covers and TV commercials I was doing at the time that I was spotted and offered my first film, Cocktail,” she said.

With a surge of content-driven films in Bollywood, Diana said that it’s not only a great time for cinema but also for actresses. “Content has become king and filmmakers are experimenting with different subjects, but what’s most exciting is that women now have so many more opportunities to play strong and central characters. The best part is that the audience is appreciating and accepting this change with open arms,” she said.

Diana will soon make a presence on screen with a love story titled Shiddat- Journey Beyond Love produced by Dinesh Vijan, who delivered hits like Hindi Medium, Stree and Luka Chuppi.Directed by Kunal Deshmukh, the film will go on floors in September and will be shot across Punjab, Paris, and London.