Divya Arora continues to provide her own experience living with a disability to Bollywood directors, enabling them to portray more realistic on-screen disable characters. For example, she worked with Barfi director Anurag Basu and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who directed Guzaarish.
Divya's new role as a stage actor is likely to sweep her fans off their feet as well. The entertainment professional is all set to play a disabled character in a Mahesh Dattani's Tara. Aside from Hrithik Roshan who played the character of a paralyzed magician in Guzaarish, Priyanka Chopra as a young woman with autism in Barfi, Divya has helped bring authenticity to several other lead characters with disabilities on screen.
Divya will be making her presence felt in Mahesh Dattani Tara this weekend. Written 30 years ago by the renowned Indian director, who wrote plays like Final Solutions, Bravely Fought the Queen, Dance Like a Man just to name a few, Tara revolves around two conjoined twins.
"When I first met Divya 16 years ago she called herself my Tara," Mahesh recalls.
According to Mahesh, Divya has the same indomitable spirit. Moreover, she is full of pride and is not subject to self-pity. The director felt like he was meeting his creation.
Mahesh Dattani play is based on conjoined twins Tara and Chandan, however, both of them are surgically separated. Tara has to battle biases regarding gender and disability.
Divya is more like her character Tara except that she has cerebral palsy in real life. According to the Sohaila Kapur, the play co-director with Divya says, there is similarity in the play.
The play reminds Divya of the challenges she had to face due to disability.
Later on, they saw that Tara's family situation or health issues are similar to Divya. It is hardly surprising that both have a fighting spirit and will to survive, Sohalila added.
Mahesh pointed out other similarities including their common spirit, a ‘never give up’ attitude, and willingness to fight to survive. Just like Tara, the character she’s slated to play, Divya does not consider herself as a victim.
Aside from being a filmmaker, writer, and lyricist, Divya found the role of Tara challenging, given that she is used to living to her reputation as a comedian. She even realizes that she's making history by playing this role since disabled characters have been played by non-disabled actors until now.
The director believes that Divya makes Tara an iconic character since she is dealing with disabilities and can justify the role.
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