Divyanka Tripathi is a diva and a performer par excellence. Her life story is intriguing and fascinating. Here, she shares about her life and some interesting facts about it. Over to her:
I never wanted to be an actress, I wanted to be an army officer. I was good in NCC, I was told I was the best cadet. It is kind of designation given to you when you go for Republic Day camps, that is what I was a part of when I was in school. I was a very good rifle shooter, I don’t get to practice much now, I think I can still shoot. I participated in a reality show & after my performance, I got a call for an audition which was the beginning of it all.
Next, I belong to a middle class family, we’d never traveled in a plane. After convincing my parents to go to Mumbai for an audition, my dad & I would travel from Bhopal to Mumbai back & forth in a bus. When I look back, it was all worth it. After I bagged the title role for Banu Main Teri Dulhan, I thought it will run for 6 months so I thought I’ll come back & do my UPSC, I’ll still sit for these SSB examinations for the Army, that did not happen as the show ran for 3 years, which was a blessing in disguise.
BMTD ran successfully, but after the show, I was out of work for a really long time. That was a tough phase, after you taste the highs & the perks, you’re suddenly pushed to the ground. I would get depressing thoughts. Nobody was giving me work as Vidya from the show, the character I played became too famous, they said everybody knows Vidya so you cannot play anything else. For a very long time I didn’t have work.
It was a tough phase & I had to make the right choices. I would have to read a 3 page script for a 3 minute audition, gave a plenty of them & repeat the same the next day. This did go on for a long time. Then I did a comedy show just to have a change of flavor so that people can see me differently. After the comedy show, they said she is a comic face, so we cannot take it.
The biggest turnaround in my life came through when YHM was offered to me. It was a really long wait, the struggle was real but when this happened, it all made sense, the feeling was surreal. It was only possible because my parents kept me motivated. I had faith in my talent. Look where it has brought me. The journey has been amazing.
Without a doubt, the final moment happened & life changed when I married Vivek, my best-friend, companion & a partner who came in my life & fit like a puzzle.
I am thankful and grateful for the journey so far. Looking forward to many exciting years ahead.