'There's fear of being forgotten by film industry'
The Happy Bhaag Jayegi actor is currently seen in Parmanu – featuring John Abraham in the lead.
Mumbai: Actor Diana Penty says it is a constant battle for her between giving into the temptation of doing more movies to stay visible or signing projects she genuinely believes in.
Diana, who has done four films in her eight-year-old career, began her stint in Bollywood in 2010 with Cocktail, which was commercially successful.
After a gap of nearly four years, she went on to star in Anand L Rai's hit romantic-comedy Happy Bhaag Jayegi.
Looking at her Bollywood journey so far, Diana says the four-year gap between her first two films made her feel that the industry had forgotten her.
Asked if she ever had the fear of being forgotten, the actor said, "I think it actually happened with me – the time that I took between Cocktail and Happy Bhaag Jayegi, a lot of people told me, 'out of sight is out of mind', and it did happen."
"Just because I wasn't around, people just assumed I was doing other things and was not interested in films which I thought was unfair," she added.
But she said that at the same time, she realised, that's how it works, it's human nature. And it is true, there is this fear."
Diana admits that there are times when she is concerned about the slow pace of her career, "Sometimes you wake up with mini panic attacks where you feel like 'Oh my God! I don't have a film right now! Should I just do something that comes my way because I don't have another film'? But I feel at the end of the day, your gut takes over. I have never been able to go against my instinct."
She says, her idea of visibility is different from those actors who make more news with their "airport appearances" than through the movies they do.
"If you are a complete hermit, sometimes it is difficult for people to (remember you). It's very natural for, maybe, a filmmaker to not think of you because you are not in the radar. Diana says it is about the balance and what is more important is the visibility through one's films.
The actor is currently seen in Parmanu – featuring John Abraham in the lead.
She found the film extremely engaging at the script level and believed it would be a great story to be brought on screen.
"When I began reading the script, I felt it was very well written," said Diana.