Actor Dia Mirza was a co-contestant with actors Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta in a beauty contest in the year 2000. Consequently, the three of them went on to win the Miss Asia Pacific, Miss World and Miss Universe titles, respectively, in the same year. Later, they entered Bollywood as actors. In a recent chat , Dia said that she is very proud of Priyanka who is doing very well as an actor, internationally. “I’m so proud of her. I think our journey is a great example to give because if you look at Lara, Priyanka and Me, I think we are individuals who have defined our own path,” she says, adding, “We have done exactly what our individuality has determined for us. Priyanka is doing well in acting ... Lara is enjoying motherhood and doing films... and we are not kind of envious about it.”
Dia Mirza says she’s very proud of Priyanka’s achievement. (REUTERS)
In fact Dia thinks that even PeeCee would have the same take on how their lives have shaped since 2000. “If you listen to what Priyanka says, she would say the same thing, as would Lara. We are all an outcome of what we call, ‘what we have chosen for ourselves’. We are just as liberated as we can be by the ideas that we have of ourselves and as stunted as an idea of ourselves.”
Happy that Lara is enjoying motherhood and doing films, says Dia. (Viral Bhayani)
Talking about Delhi, where the actor’s in-laws are based, Dia says the pollution here bothers her. “I’m very concerned about the air in Delhi. That is because not just is it the most polluted cities in the world, but also because I think I know closely how it affects us. Especially when families start falling ill, you get to know how harmful it is. It has to change. It has to be addressed and I am grateful that the state government is taking stock of the situation and actually making an effort. The odd-even system says a lot about that,” she says.