Mumbai: Bollywood versatile actress Diana Penty who was last seen in the movie ‘Happy Bhaag Jaayegi’, said that the movie ‘Cocktail’ was the perfect debut for her but it took her a while to find her feet in the Bollywood industry.
Sharing her nostalgia regarding the career with media, the actress went on to say: “‘Cocktail’ was the perfect debut but I knew that with it came a certain standard that I had to try and live up to moving forward. So I guess there was a certain pressure to choose the right script and do the right kind of film. At that time, I was very new to the industry.
“I didn’t know too many people and didn’t have anyone to really guide me. It took me a while to figure out how to proceed, what direction to take – whether I should be doing a small part in a big film or an interesting role in a smaller film. Whether to follow my intuition or blindly follow what people were telling me to do, whether to stick to stories I genuinely believed in, or do everything that came my way. It was indeed a confusing time.”
But four years after “Cocktail” came out, “Happy Bhag Jaayegi” happened.
“When I came across ‘Happy Bhag Jayegi’, I knew it would be the perfect second film for me. It was a funny, yet sweet story and it gave me the opportunity to play a character that was remarkably different from Meera. Since people had already labelled me as the shy, girl next door, I thought this would be a great way to give them something they weren’t expecting.
“When I look back now, I realise that though it took me a while to find my feet, I eventually managed to chart my own course and find a space I’m happy in,” Diana told media.