Divya Agarwal has worked hard to go from being a social media influencer and reality soap personality to an actor. Her appearances in web series such as Raagini MMS: Returns 2 and Cartel have been appreciated by fans. So it’s ironic that in her next show – Abhay – she’s actually playing an influencer on social media. But this one is with a dark streak. In the program’s third season, Divya plays Harleen, an influencer who looks like a killer. In an interaction with the Hindustan Times, Divya tells about playing “herself” in the program and how it scared her. (Also read: Abhay Season 3 trailer: Kunal Kemmus super police return to chase dark, distorted killers, viewers with reverence for Vijay Raaz)
The actress says she was ecstatic about doing Abhay when the show ticked all the boxes on her wish list. She develops, “When I was offered Abhay I was on cloud nine. This is one of the projects in my life where I see that everything clicks in the right place. Good co-actor, good director, good platform, good lead role, everything yes “This was the package I was waiting for in my life.”
But when she played Harleen, she discovered that the similarities between herself and the character made it difficult for her, especially since the character has a dark side. Divya says, “Whatever characters I’ve played in my life, they’ve all been very not-me. But here, with this character in Abhay, Harleen is partly like me. The good side you see on social media as an influencer is an exact copy of Divya Agarwal.But she has a dark side.And I think, what if people start believing that Divya Agarwal has a dark side.I just wish people never compare Divya and Harleen.I would scare bricks if that happens . ” In fact, Divya found that she sometimes could not channel the inner darkness because she could relate to half the character very strongly. “There are a few times in the program that you will see where it was difficult for me to say my lines because I felt she was partly me. It was really hard hitting for me,” she says.
Over the years, when she graduated from Splitsvilla to Bigg Boss OTT and now web series, Divya has noticed that the media and fan focus has shifted from her personal life to her work on screen. When asked if she thinks it’s refreshing, she says: “Honestly, yes and I love to encourage it. For me, work is first. What I am today is because of my work today. Call me a workaholic but I love it when there is a flight at 04:00 and you have to shoot for 12 hours and there is a new set the next day. It is the exercise that I like and I want in my life. That is what motivates me. “
But from a reality show background, it was not easy for Divya to convince people that she could act. She says: “It was very difficult for me to make people believe that I’m not just reality soaps. I can handle this. Fortunately, things also fit in a way that people also started to believe it. But the good thing is that people know my name. “
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The third season of Abhay premieres on April 8, 2022 on Zee5. The series, directed by Ken Ghosh, stars Kunal Kemmu, along with Vijay Raaz, Asha Negi, Rahul Dev, Tanuj Virwani, Vidya Malavade, Nidhi Singh and Divya.