I’ve not burst crackers since I was in school," says Dia Mirza for whom Diwali means lighting diyas, greeting friends and making a lot of noise. By noise, she doesn’t mean the din of a 1,000 phatakas but screaming out loud with friends. Her mother is home from Hyderabad and she admits they’ll come up with something special. She’s also looking forward to Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty’s housewarming.
Meanwhile Green Dia has penned an opinion piece for a book being brought out by the United Nation Environment Programme. "The article talks about the depleting ozone layer and how it can be arrested by simple day-to-day differences. Coming from an environmental friendly family, I have been practicing them since I was a kid," she smiles.
The actor, who does charity work for the Anandana Foundation, also made a trip to some villages in the Mohaba district of Madhya Pradesh and she describes the experience as "life changing". In the drought-hit villages women have to walk hundreds of miles for a single pot of water. "They are escorted by armed guards because people can kill for a single pot of water," she shudders, saying that the foundation installed check dams before the monsoon this year to hold and replenish the ground water. "And suddenly, the bore wells and pumps have come alive again. And the happiness of the locals has to be seen to be believed."
Mirza also managed a stopover at Khajuraho, a two hour drive from these villages, on her way back. And she was blown away by the magnificence of its architecture. "You mention Khajuraho and the instant connection is sex. But actually, the sexual connotations are pretty muted and you don’t feel awkward at all. If anything, these sculptures tell a story, a story of life," she philosophises.
At the recently concluded Bridal Week, the actor was the showstopper for Rocky S and wowed everyone in an unconventional white lahenga. “It weighed 45 kilos but it was so beautiful that it felt like a feather when I floated down the ramp in it,” she reminisces.
Will she take her vows in bridal wear like that? She laughs, “For the last 17 years, I’ve been constantly quizzed about my wedding plans. As a child, I was fascinated with the subject and wove dreams around it. But as time went by, I’ve adopted a que-sara-sara-whatever-will-be-will-be attitude. What I wear will depend on whom I marry and whether it is a nikaah, a church wedding or a Hindu ceremony.”