Hailing from Ludhiana, Dutta came from a completely non film background, and had no clue about how the industry functioned. However, what she had in abundance was talent, determination and a childhood dream to be in the movies. `I dreamt of being an actor ever since I was four years old. I would tear my mom’s dupattas, tie them around my waist and apply her red lipstick to emulate Amitabh Bachchan’s paan-chewing look in ‘Khaiyke paan Banaraswala’ from the film ‘Don’. The entire neighbourhood was invited to see me perform with the added attraction of Samosas and Gulab Jamuns being served during the ‘performance’. I loved performing and I adored my audience. I totally loved their reactions to my performances! I was aware that this creative expression meant a lot to me. Yes, I daydreamed a lot too. In between my studying spells, I would take a break and enact my reaction at a future award ceremony when they would announce: ‘And the Filmfare Best Actress award goes to Divya Dutta!’`, she recounts.
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