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'Screen time doesn't bother me'

Diana Penty, who plays the role of a strong headed woman in Lucknow Central, always thinks about impact of her character in the film. Also, she only wants to do powerful roles.

Mumbai: Model turned actor Diana Penty, who is playing strong character in the upcoming film Lucknow Central, says when it comes to choosing a film, she is least bothered about the screen time or the length of the character but the impact of it.

Diana, who started her career with a multi-starrer Cocktail where she shared screen space with Deepak Padukone and Saif Ali Khan, also holds that the belief that 'models can't be a good actores' is a cliche.
Asked about if she gets bothered about the length of character she plays in the film, Diana told : No, if the role is powerful, screen timing doesn't bother me... that becomes secondary then. I always think about the impact of the character in the film, after liking the story. For instance, in Lucknow Central, I am playing a strong headed woman in the men's world."
Giving little more insight into her character, she said: "My character, Gayetri Kashyp, works for an NGO who helps prisoners to reintegrate into society and coming back to normal life once they come out of jail. The character is interesting because she is the woman working inside the prison; which is a male dominated work space. So she is confident, strong headed and stubborn at times."
After having a successful modelling career and debuting in Bollywood in 2012, the actor appeared on her second film in 2016 after four years. While she only believes in being a part of films that have good stories, asked about what made her so secure that she would live on in public memory and did not fear losing visibility, Diana said: "Whether a Cocktail, Happy Bhaag Jayegi, Lucknow Central or Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran, these are the stories which come once in a lifetime. Why should I miss out on them? I can wait because I believe in quality work." Though she had no plan to become an actor, she is quite enjoying the world of cinema and the perks coming with it. But, does she constantly struggle with the validation of an actor, being a model? "I think this thought of models can't act is such a cliche! Many of our top heroines like were models before entering Bollywood. And they are wonderful actors now," she said.

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