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INTERVIEW: Divyanka Tripathi

The Cardiff International Film Festival was held between 24th-27th October, with Divyanka Tripathi becoming the first Indian actress to attend.

Accompanied by her husband Vivek Dahiya, who was hosting the event, Divyanka was one of the jury members.

Divyanka, who rose to fame and became a household name with one of the longest-running Indian television shows ‘Yeh Hai Mohabbatein’, was seen to be one of the panellists in ‘Women in Films’ discussing with three other women across the globe.

I had a chance to have a quick chat with her for a few minutes after her panel discussion.

How do you feel representing Indian women at Cardiff International Film Festival?

We are all the same and we all face the same kind of problems. It was important to sit across the panel and discuss other insecurities and problems faced by women on a global level. I must say that it was an enlightening session. Meeting women from a completely different side of the Earth was a beautiful experience that I would cherish for a long time.

How do you think women can be more empowered, especially in India?

Women are already empowered. They have all the power possible; it is just that they don’t realise it. Women need to know the basic rights which will help them to stand up for what they want. Self- realisation is far more important. When it comes to the Indian film industry, they are doing well in recent years with more and more women-centric films. Vidya Balan, for example, has always been the best representative of Indian women internationally. I don’t think there is or will be any turning back in the future.

What is that one thing that Bollywood can adopt from the UK film industry?

Maybe, union roots can be made stronger in India. As I know for a fact that most of the actors and singers here are provided with ‘Royalty’ for their work whenever it is being re-telecasted or shown across any platform. But in India, that’s not the case. We get paid once in for all. I hope we all get royalties soon.

- Manasa Raghavendran (@Manasa24760668)