When she made a debut in Bollywood with Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein, little did she know that she will leave an indelible mark in the hearts of many. But Dia Mirza, the angelic beauty, carved a niche of her own in the film industry even being away from limelight for short spells.
You have visited Odisha earlier too.
Yes, this is my second visit. The last was six years back when I was here for Manmohan Mohapatra’s art film, which unfortunately was shelved. And, in the mean time the city has changed so much, of course, for the better. Infrastructure has improved by leaps and bounds.
How do find the first ever Solitaire Diamond Lounge in the country?
Honestly, I was awe-struck to see such kind of an exclusive jewellery showroom in a smaller city like Bhubaneswar. It just goes on to show how drastically lifestyles are changing today and people in Bhubaneswar can also enjoy the luxury that was considered exclusive to cities like Mumbai and Delhi.
From being a model, actress and now a producer - how has been the journey so far ?
Oh, I have grown up in this industry. My work, my character, my career, everything has evolved here. At times, I need to pinch myself to realise how time has flown. God has been very kind to me and I indeed consider myself blessed!
You are involved in a lot of community services from AIDS awareness to fighting female foeticide. Do you think being an actor gives you a better platform to do so?
Of course, it is a god-sent opportunity when you are a public personality. In fact, I have become very selfish as I get to do so much at this capacity and I want to keep doing that as long as I can. It is a satisfaction difficult to explain when you are able to do your bit for the society.
How did it feel to be conferred with the IIFA Green Award 2012 ?
Ah, I keep saying I haven’t done enough. But yes, it did feel like a wonderful incentive inspiring you to do much more. It isn’t that I do anything to be applauded as it is such a personal thing. But it does feel good when your efforts are being appreciated. All I can say is I am just taking baby steps.
Tell us more about your production house and the new projects you are working on?
Post Love Breakups Zindagi, we are working towards creating a bank of stories we believe in. And by next year, you would be watching some interesting movies from our production house, Born Free Entertainment.
Paanch Adhyaya, your first regional film. How excited are you?
I feel extremely flattered that I have been offered a film by Pratim D Gupta, who has been a film critic for so many years. Being offered this film itself is a huge compliment. He is just 30, but has dealt with such a complex theme so beautifully that too for a debut! He told me Dia you haven’t got your due in the industry and this film is his way of giving it to me. It is a Durga Puja release and I am eagerly waiting for it. This apart, you will see me in three four interesting Hindi films too next year.