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Updated: August 13, 2010 19:30 IST

A date with Dia

SHIVANI JAIN
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Actor Dia Mirza. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
The Hindu Actor Dia Mirza. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Actor Dia Mirza on cameos, favourite co-stars and long-pending movies

Beautiful actor Dia Mirza was in the Capital recently to inaugurate the first showroom of Ecko Unltd, an international fashion brand, at DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj. Part of the model-turned-actor brigade, Dia has worked with many big banners and is awaiting the release of her new films, some of them long-pending.

Excerpts from an interview:

How were you able to survive in the industry without any film background and support?

It became possible with my conviction and faith. There were also benefits of my Miss Asia-Pacific title in the beginning. And of course, maintaining good relations in the industry does help in many ways.

How do you make a mark in cameos and short appearances?

It is my honesty towards my work, which cannot go unrecognised. The length of the role does not matter for me. I always try to give my best. I trust my role and do justice to that.

Who is your favourite co-star, and why?

Well, it's not possible to name any one in particular. I enjoyed working with many actors. They are delightful in different ways. Vivek has all his charm. Salman Khan is an amazing actor. With Arjun Rampal I have done most of the movies. He is super cool and Abhishek Bachchan is very nice.

What are your upcoming projects and what is the kind of a role that are you are playing in Alibaug?

I am quietly working on various projects. Some of my movies got stuck, like Sanjay Gupta's Alibaug, and Soojit Sircar's Shoebite. I am just hoping for their release, so I cannot make any announcement now. In Alibaug my character's name is Siya, a free wild child who falls in love with a much older man. It's a beautiful story. I have no clue of its release too.

How was the your experience of working with Amitabh Bachchan in Shoebite?

I was lucky to get a chance to work with him. I have grown up watching him on the big screen, so I was very excited about his presence. The first shoot I did with him was a very sensitive and emotional one about the relationship between a father and daughter. He is a breathtaking actor.

What keeps you occupied other than movies?

I indulge in painting, writing, reading, pottery, horse-riding and watching movies. I am also associated with many NGOs.

Are you brand-conscious? Who is your favourite designer?

I am a fashion freak and completely up-to-date on global trends. I am always aware of new brands but I am not a brand slave. I like Gauri and Nanika, Shantanu and Nikhil, and Manish Malhotra.

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