I look up to Deepika Padukone: Diana Penty

Actress Diana Penty is proud of her Cocktail co-star Deepika Padukone, who is set to make her Hollywood debut in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.

Talking about Deepika’s growth as an actress, Diana told IANS: “It’s been superb. It’s absolutely great and she should pat herself on the back. I am proud of her. So yes, I definitely look up to her in terms of the kind of work she has been doing lately.”

Diana is also excited about her own film “Happy Bhag Jayegi”.

She said: “It was an instant yes. The minute I heard the script, I fell in love with it. It’s a unique storyline and I wanted to explore this even in terms of the character.”

Diana Penty was only in her second year at Mumbai’s St. Xavier’s College, when ace photographer and family friend Farokh Chotia shot her photographs on a whim.

With her tall, lean frame, she became an instant fashion world darling, snapping up prestigious campaigns with Garnier and Maybelline, runway shows for designers such as Wendell Rodricks, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Rohit Bal, as well as stints at the Ne

Then, when at the peak of her modelling career, Penty debuted as an actor with Homi Adajania’s Cocktail in 2012. Four years later, Penty is back with Mudassar Aziz’s Happy Bhag Jayegi.

In a chat about her upcoming film, the model-turned-actor reveals why she prefers to do things at her own pace, and the lessons she learned from her debut.

The romantic-comedy, directed by Mudassar Aziz, also features Abhay Deol and Ali Fazal.