Diana Penty

Diana Penty

MUMBAI — Actress Diana Penty, who is returning to the silver screen after four years, explained in a media release why the gap was so long.

Penty had made her debut in the 2012 success “Cocktail,” co-produced by Saif Ali Khan and starring Dimple Kapadia, Deepika Padukone and Khan. She says that the reason for such a long wait was because she did not want to put pressure on herself and sign every film that came her way.

“The break was not a conscious decision. My not doing films has been misinterpreted. I was just playing it by ear,” she said.

The actress added, “‘Cocktail’ happened overnight. I did not have the time to think. I got into films without realizing what I was doing.”

Penty, who will be seen next in “Happy Bhag Jayegi,” releasing Aug. 19, explained that she was offered a number of films, but nothing had appealed to her.

“I didn’t want to do whatever came my way but rather what I felt was right for me. I agree it was an unconventional way of going about things, but sometimes it’s best to follow your instincts,” she said.

Penty’s instincts do not seem to be off the mark. She has a central role as Happy in her new film (not bad for her track record) and three leading men — Abhay Deol, Jimmy Sheirgill and Ali Fazal — in a film that appears to be a spicy romantic comedy. The trailer has created waves. And so has her performance in it.

More power to her conviction. 

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