Divyendu Sharma is a name that has intertwined with the audience since his start of the acting career. We all have seen the monologues he puts up in his roles like Liquid in Pyaar Ka Punchnama.
Divyendu Sharma is climbing up the ladder of success with his versatility and roles that bring the best out of his acting skills.
From movies to now web-series, Divyendu has performed charismatic roles that speak volumes of his skills. Divyendu Sharma has proved with every role, his immense capabilities of brushing up any kind of acting to claim it his own and kept critics intrigued with his flawless performance.
His success has been a journey to reach the peak of his acting and we need to learn more about who he is in real-life and how his journey began.
Divyendu Sharma Biography | Wiki
Divyendu Sharma was born on 19th June 1983 in New Delhi.
His father worked for ITDC-owned restaurant and had a very middle-class upbringing where financial security was the most important factor.
He mostly grew up with his elder sister and graduated in political science from Delhi University’s Kirori Mal College.
Later he pursued three years of theatre experience from Delhi.
In one of the interviews he mentions,
“The acting bug caught me during school when I was very active with plays, cultural functions and extra-curricular activities”.
He moved to Pune and pursued a diploma in acting from FTII. While he was practising acting, he did quite a number of ads for companies like Virgin Mobile, Fidelity Mutual Funds, Birla Sun Life, etc.
Divyendu in an interview, said TOI, “Financially, during those years after coming to Mumbai, I would support myself doing small plays for corp-orates or doing one ad here and there.
We were four of us from FTII, sharing a two-room rented place in Goregaon. One of my friends was in editing and one from sound, so I would sometimes assist them to make little money.
There were, of course, some very bad days when you knew that you couldn’t spend more than a certain amount for a meal.
There was this small restaurant called Corner Darbar, where you could get mutton with four rotis at 32 rupees, so I settled onto a budget of 32 rupees per meal.
That’s what I needed to manage.”
Divyendu a star in the making used to take up a lot of auditions but had to face rejection in his early days. His movie career began with a role that still keeps him fresh in our memory.
The Beginning of His Success
Divyendu was seen for the very first time in Indian Cinema in a side role for Aaja Nachle: Madhuri Dixit’s comeback. Though he wasn’t given any admiration for that role, his debut film, Pyaar Ka Punchnama, worked its charm on the audience where his role as Liquid was much appreciated.
Success wasn’t too far as he got another project to work upon in which he played the role of a poet Omi in David Dhawan’s remake of Chashme Baddoor.
Establishing himself as an actor worth a million claps, Divyendu had offers lined up.
He went on to do more films including
- Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami,
- Dilliwali Zaalim Girlfriend,
- Aasi Nabbe Pure Sau,
- Toilet: Ek Prem Katha,
- 2016: The End,
- Batti Gul Meter Chalu, etc.
Divyendu aka Munna Tripathi; Mirzapur
Divyendu was welcomed into all the smart phone and laptop screens with his portrayal of Munna Bhaiya in the Amazon Prime’s web series Mirzapur.
He is seen in a witty and mischievous role with a drastic leap of being a gangster’s son, Munna Tripathi.
After playing safe in the films of the similar genre, Divyendu says “ At this point, I could stick to what I was doing and dominate a genre or follow my heart and try different characters. I chose the latter.”
Divyendu plays a hot-headed gangster and a sinister in the series as described by its writer Karan Anshuman.
Talking about his role in Mirzapur, Divyendu says, ”Munna may be an in-your-face baddie, but he is so because of certain circumstances and situations, which humanises him.
He is a complex person. He is royal-born, with a silver spoon, but he wants a good relationship with his father.
To seek validation from him, he goes around doing violent things. It all comes from the vacuum inside him.
There are instances where people won’t be able to blame him. He is childlike in the way that he does not follow social norms. I would call him a pure but troubled soul.”
Mirzapur was the breakthrough that Divyendu looked for and with this, he is certain of heading a long way into the world or personifying characters.
Awards and Recognition
Divyendu was awarded the Screen Award for The Most Promising New Comer for his debut film Pyar Ka Punchnama.
Divyendu said in one of the recent interviews, “After a period of struggle between 2007 and 2009 came Pyaar Ka Punchnama, which got completed in 2010.
I was doing a lot of ads back then. One of them was Indian Panga League, a Virgin Mobiles ad in association with IPL.
I was playing a Sikh.
It was one of the earliest things that went viral on the internet in India. Because of that, I got a call for Pyaar Ka Punchnama.
Luv was shocked to see that I wasn’t a Sikh. But he liked my audition, and that’s how everything happened”.
The actor also received a lot of praise for ‘Batti Gul Meter Khali’.
Talking about the film Divyendu said, “I feel really humbled to receive such good reviews and audience love, which reassures, when an actor does the job with honesty and sincerity, they get rewarded”.
He believes that there is no secret recipe to the success of any role but staying true to the character and not thinking about any other dynamics does the part.
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His role as Munna Tripathi in Mirzapur, where he is seen as a dark character for the very first time received much love and appreciation in no time. His dialogues and appearances in the series have shown his potential for coming years of success.
Divyendu’s Upcoming Projects | Movies
Divyendu has already started filming his new project Brahmastra, where he would be seen as Poulomi’s husband. “I would follow my heart and do different characters and genres which is why I became an actor”, says Divyendu.
Divyendu’s Personal Life, Wife and Social Media
Divyendu is married to his long term girlfriend Akanksha Sharma. They met during college and were best friends for 6-7 years before love actually happened. The duo got married just after Pyaar Ka Punchnama. The beautiful couple enjoys their marital relationship.
Divyendu is as candid and versatile on his Instagram as on the screen. From unfiltered selfies to having noodles, he truly enjoys this space and we can dig in his life anytime.
He says, “What happens is that when you leave something you are comfortable with and move to another side of the table, you will take time to make your mark”.
He is never scared to experiment with his work and extend his limits as an actor. It is evident from his on-screen presence and shows he is always wishing to learn and grow as an artist.
His moments of struggle led him to question himself, “There were moments when I thought, why isn’t the world seeing my talent”.
Miracles happen only when you recognize the opportunities and give your best. And Divyendu is an epitome of example to lead a generation for working hard to achieve their dreams.
With his outstanding performance, versatile roles and the ability to bring the life in each character Divyendu Sharma has shown exponential growth in his career over the last couple of years and be it Liquid, Omi, Dhruv, Tinku or Munna, all his characters have a special place in our hearts.
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