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SRAVASTI DATTA
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Chat Dia Mirza turns producer with Love, Breakups, Zindagi. She talks about her new role

Pretty woman Dia Mirza Photo: K. Murali Kumar
Pretty woman Dia Mirza Photo: K. Murali Kumar

D ia Mirza, best known for her role in “Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein”, has turned producer. The first film of the company, Born Free Productions, that she set up with good friends Zayed Khan and Cyrus Sahukar, “Love, Breakups, Zindagi”, is ready for release.

“This is possibly the most beautiful phase in my life,” she says. “I never imagined I would be an actor. But I was intrigued by the various facets of filmmaking. Offers for acting poured in after I won Miss India pageant in 2000. I didn't take them up then. It was only much later that I did.”

Dia says she always learns from her mistakes. “When some of my movies didn't do well I learnt more about filmmaking. I began to understand its finer aspects. Yes, I've made mistakes. But that's the past and I've left it behind and moved on. I'm at a stage where I do work because it makes me happy, I don't do things to prove a point.”

Dia says: “I don't look for ideal roles. I look for a good script, because filmmaking is about story-telling. The film must be socially relevant, even if it's a commercial film. Cinema is a human-driven process. It means you need to give respect to the art and have faith in the cast and crew. I believe that the negative in a film, captures the soul of story. The energy behind the scenes transcends into the film.”

“Love, Breakups, Zindagi” was a “joy ride” for Dia. “A large cast and the workshops helped us to make a wonderful film. It's a film about relationships for which we forged strong bonds among ourselves.”

Dia says she enjoys acting but often finds it taxing. “Often, you are often not comfortable physically. But, you have to go on, no matter what.”

Dia says she dissects a role, reads the script then builds a graph on the character as she likes to stay within the character as much as possible.

A woman of many talents, Dia says: “I've written columns. I'm also a painter; some of my work has also been used as sets in my films. Pottery is another passion. I yearn to learn something new every year.”

Someday, Dia would like to publish a collection of her favourite quotes. “Mahatma Gandhi's quotes inspire me. I remember reading many quotes as a child. I used to go through ‘The Reader's Digest' and pick out lines from it that had an impact on me.”

The actor-turned-producer also loves reading science fiction and biographies. She is particularly inspired by women such as Amrita Shergil and Rukmini Devi. “We aren't half as modern and inspiring as these women,” she says.

As for being a recognised style icon, Dia says she has a natural style of her own. “I enjoy clothes and accessories. Travelling has exposed me to different styles. I just wear whatever suits me and what I'm comfortable in.”

SRAVASTI DATTA

I'm at a stage where I do work because it makes me happy, I don't do things to prove a point

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