In 2011, he left everyone in splits with his hilarious yet relatable character Liquid in ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’. And the actor kept getting better with every other movie of his- be it the David Dhawan comic caper ‘Chashme Buddoor’ or the social drama ‘Ekkees Toppon Ki Salami’. And now, the he is gearing up for his upcoming short film ‘The Virgins’ which also stars Akshay Oberoi and Pia Bajpai.
Sitting on a desk swinging his legs, Divyendu Sharma welcomed me with a smile. And here’s what the actor had to say about his role in ‘The Virgins’, why he wasn’t a part of ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’ and lots more…
Q. Tell us about your role in ‘The Virgins’
A. My role in ‘The Virgins’ is someone who represents that sect of the society who are attached with the concept of Virginity- something that prevails in our society. I feel that no matter how much ever we say that “We have become modern”, somewhere down the line every time someone gets married, people expect the girl to be a virgin; even if the boy has done a lot before marriage. So yes, my character belongs to this sect of the society. And if you go much deeper into it, it’s actually about how we all have been conditioned about these various social norms. So I hope you guys like it.
Q. What made you select this short film?
A. I think, be it a short film or a feature film, it is the script that matters and if you believe in the script you will do it. It was very precise, was not in your face and our director Sandeep is responsible for the way he has written the script. So it wasn’t “in-your-face” sort of film as the whole issue of virginity has been showcased in a very subtle manner. When you have something important to say you should say it by making a film, which is a very powerful medium, rather than giving a bhaashan.
Q. What are your views on sex before marriage?
A. It’s your choice man! It’s a free world, and it should be one’s choice whether they want to do it or don’t want to do it. But just don’t force it on others! It shouldn’t be like tomorrow you get out of your house and go around telling the world “there is nothing cooler than pre-marital sex”. Everyone should have their own views about it. Just be comfortable and just don’t kill each other for this!
Q. How different was your experience shooting for a short film from shooting for a feature film?
A. I come from the film institute FTII in Pune. So the start of my acting career was anyways with student’s short films. And I find short films much more challenging than feature films because in a feature film you have a couple of hours to narrate your story. But in a short film, you have to tell your story in a few minutes. So it’s much more challenging. And for that, it is very important for to have a crisp and tight script along with a clear vision from the director/writer’s side. And that’s something that was visible in this movie hence I said ‘Yes’ to it.
Q. How was your chemistry with Pia Bajpai in ‘The Virgins’?
A. Chemistry toh bohot hi mazedaar hai. And I am not saying this just the way others speak about their chemistry but genuinely speaking, you too will have a great fun watching us on-screen. She is a wonderful actor, and a very good co-actor. You need someone with whom you can have a give-and-take relationship; acting is all about that after all. So yes, I was in my character, she was in her character and there was a nice exchange happening between us in the film.
Q. You were loved as Liquid in ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’. However, you never stuck to doing the similar kind of characters in your other films or even your latest appearance in TVF’s ‘Permanent Roommates’. Why so?
A. It’s been a very conscious decision actually to not repeat myself. And that’s why I wasn’t very excited to be a part of ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’ again since I didn’t want to play the same kind of character again that people have already seen. I know I do get criticized for this, but as an artist I believe that you can’t do the same thing again and again. Warna toh koi bhi aur naukri kar lete yaar, we could have been in any other job. But the reason I am an actor is because I want to play different personalities, maybe every actor has a multiple personality disorder. And still early days for me in the movie world so I think it’s time for me to gamble and show people what kind of roles I can do. And thanks to my fans for loving me as Liquid or any other character I have portrayed on-screen; it is always very humbling when people come and tell me that they loved my performance in ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’, or ‘Chashme Buddoor’ or a ‘TVF’ episode.
Q. What next after ‘The Virgins’?
A. I have just completed two projects, one is a drama and another is a comedy. Shoot and dubbing for both the films have been done and we are in the post-production stage. So you all will get the official announcements very soon!
Here’s wishing him luck for the short film and all his upcoming movies.