When Divya Dutta Was Sent Back Home For ‘Losing Too Much Weight’

Published By: Dishya Sharma

Last Updated: March 11, 2024, 12:39 IST

Divya Dutta will be next seen in Chhava. (Photo Credits: Instagram)

Divya Dutta will be next seen in Chhava. (Photo Credits: Instagram)

Divya Dutta in a recent conversation opened up on how she faced rejections and was objectified in the film industry.

Actress Divya Dutta, who has been in the Indian film industry for nearly three decades now, is considered one of the most talented and versatile actresses. Starting off as a mainstream Bollywood actress, Divya made heads turn with her small but impactful role in the 1998 film ‘Train to Pakistan’. Over the years, she has crafted her image as a skilled performer capable of working in both commercial and artistic cinema. But, the actress also had her own share of challenges and shortcomings in the industry.

Divya Dutta recently sat down for a chat with The Lallantop and opened up about feeling “objectified and rejected” by filmmakers, further sharing that she slowly learned to face rejection. Noting that the topic of nepotism has been replaced by certain favouritism, the actress said that it exists among outsiders too and works everywhere, which looks unfair most of the time.

“Even today, I feel like I deserved something, and why did somebody else get it?” Divya continued.

Divya Dutta recalls ‘running door-to-door’ for roles

Mentioning that she had spent a lot of time running door-to-door asking for work, Divya shared how she learned to deal with rejections. “I was a cute girl and a good actor, but I only knew that. One day, it felt like I had signed 22 films, and some of them even gave me a token. Nobody was saying no. However, I later found out that out of 22 films, only 2 went on the floor, and I was not even the heroine for those,” she said.

‘I was sent home from film sets’

During the conversation, Divya recalled a moment when she felt objectified. At a time when she was being dropped from a number of films, the actress once decided to visit one of the sets; however, to her dismay, she was sent back, saying that she had lost a lot of weight.

Mentioning that she felt ‘frustrated and objectified’ after this experience, Divya said, “I started searching for humanity and realized that it doesn’t exist in this business. I remember telling my mother that if I had done that film with Shah Rukh Khan, I would have been a superstar.”

Besides this, Divya also recalled working with Salman Khan and shared how he helped her cope with a scene on the sets of their film ‘Veergati’. She also shared that the Tiger 3 actor would click pictures of her.

Meanwhile, Divya Dutta is presently gearing up for her upcoming film ‘Chhava’ with Vicky Kaushal and Rashmika Mandanna.

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