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At the end of 2020, actor Divya Dutta, who was involved in several OTT projects such as Special Ops, Hostages Season 2 and Ram Singh Charlie, looks back on the past year.
In this conversation with indianexpress.com, Divya Dutta talks about her 2020, her favorite shows and what her audience can look forward to in 2021.
Here are some excerpts from the conversation:
How will you describe 2020 when the year comes to an end?
I think it was a year of learning and introspection. It was a year of letting go and a year in which we learned to be happy with what we have. This year made it clear to us that we took many things for granted. I have become an alert and confident person.
Fortunately, in terms of work, it’s been a great year for me. I had five publications on OTT. I won a filmfare and another award for a short film that I made. Now the work is slowly picking up speed. Now it feels normal and natural to go back to the sets. So it was (the year) a bag full of mixed feelings.
Are you satisfied with the work you have done this year?
I made my OTT debut this year. This year the delimitation of what would appear in theaters or what will premiere on the web platform has narrowed. Everyone and everything was on the same platform, be it a big commercial or what you call a parallel cinema. So it was an interesting phase on the work front. Even so, we’ve all made assumptions, or rather judgments, about the future of theaters, but I think the two platforms will coexist. But I’m grateful for OTT’s existence, otherwise I wouldn’t know how to pass the time during the lockdown.
How did you deal with the ban?
I’ve had plenty of publications on OTT this year. I did advertising, all by myself, and I also did every work behind the camera. So it was a new experience.
You have just won your first Filmfare Award. How does that feel?
It was incredible to me and shocking to others (laughs). I’ve been nominated many times, but this year the award finally came home. I think I’m a late bloomer, but I’m still blooming.
All of this made me realize that people like me very much. You are happier to me than I am, which is a very good feeling. The realization came when I won the National Award and even now with the Filmfare.
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A 2020 project that you would like to have participated in?
Most of them! I think the family man was damn good and Pataal Lok was very good too. Such a great role. Aarya was totally crazy. Sushmita Sen was just wonderful at it. It was great to see her back on screen. It was a kick-ass role too. I loved Four More Shots please. I think the four girls were just too good. The Queen Gambit was a brilliant watch, and Schitt’s Creek, my god, I was depressed when it was over because I was so used to seeing it. I also liked Anurag Basus Ludo.
What can we expect from you on the labor front in 2021?
Well, you can expect to work with some brilliant filmmakers. There is a film by Dibaker Banerjee, an Anubhav Sinha film, Umesh Shuklas film and two web series. So 2021 is for good directors and interesting roles.