Divya Chouksey, who made her mark in the fashion world, is all set for her Bollywood debut with "Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara." Divya, plays the role of a hot and classy designer in the film and has been paired opposite newcomer Vikram Kochchar.
Directed by Monjoy Joy Mukerji, "Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara" is about three young and confused couples and how they deal with their married lives. The film's trailer and songs including "Chu Liya" and "Meheram Mere" have already struck a chord with the moviegoers. Besides Divya and Vikram, "Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara" has an ensemble cast of fresh faces including Sahil Anand, Niyati Joshi, Nilesh Lalwani, Jayaka Yagnik and will hit the big screen on Friday, Aug.5.
In an exclusive interview with International Business Times, India, conducted through email, Divya opened up about herself, her role in the film and future projects.
Here are the edited excerpts from the interview:
International Business Times: Tell us about yourself - your home town and education
Divya: I hail from Bhopal, the city of lakes. Whenever, Mumbai life feels cumbersome, I take a trip to Bhopal, it's a calm city, with moderate weather... I love Bhopal. I did my schooling from Bhopal, went to Delhi for my graduation, then went to UK for my masters in film making, my folks wanted me to study first & then pursue my passion.
IBT: "Hai Apna Dil toh Awara" is your first Bollywood film, tell us more about it. How did you bag the role?
Divya: A Romcom, directed by Monjoy Mukerji, son of late Joy Mukerji, it's a story about three confused couples, in Mumbai, the music is the soul of this film, while, the script has its newness and 70 percent is shot in Kashmir, our dop had done a great job, he is shown Kashmir at its best. I got this role after I auditioned 6,7 times for it, my agency sent me to this audition.
IBT: How is it working in a Bollywood film?
Divya: Thrilling. From workshops to the sets, to travelling.. It's been a great journey. It's a creative process, tons of hardwork, I cudnt be happier doing anything else [sic].
IBT: Do you think the music album of "Hai Apna Dil toh Awara," which is already a hit online, will help pull audience to the theaters?
Divya: Indeed, music plays a pivotal role, in pulling the audience, Nikhil D'Souza , Mohit Chauhan & Pappu (Papon) have done a great job, Kashmir's scenic locations have done its magic in the audience, they seem excited to rush to the theatres.
IBT: Now that you are working in a film, would you be open to taking up television offers? Or would you restrict yourself to Bollywood?
Divya: Never say never, wherever my work takes me. I love acting, I need to feed the artiste inside me ..be it to the films or TV.
IBT: You are also planning to work on a web series. What excited you to think about web series?
Divya: Digital is the new market, got this brilliant idea, & started writing. Web series is a global platform, it gives you liberty to write freely. I'm loving it... Writing about interesting characters that are inspired from real lives, I'm also the lead in the series.
IBT: You started as a model and then ventured into films/ a few shows and now a web series. So how was the transition from modelling days to acting?
Divya: I always wanted to get into films, so I started with TV episodic to polish my acting skills, which helped me audition better. Modelling is a never ending thing, all actors model. As far as the transition... It gets only better, one gets better with each project.
IBT: Since you have worked in different mediums -- television/film and modelling and film -- what do you prefer?
Divya: Modelling I can do even when I do films. I prefer films, it's not restricted as the TV, no deadlines like TV, I get to play different roles, get time to settle with the character, workshop helps, in the TV, it's all a hurry up... Scenario, besides, I have a few films lined up. I don't mind doing TV, but the role has to excite me.
IBT: Your future projects?
Divya: My next is my single debut, a song written by me and sung by me.