After winning the Miss Asia Pacific title the same year as Lara Dutta and Priyanka Chopra won their beauty crowns, Dia too tried her luck in Bollywood. While her debut Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein didn’t fare well, Dia managed to get noticed. Next came smaller roles in Parineeta, Lage Raho Munnabhai and Honeymoon Travels, and a lead role in Hum Tum Aur Ghost. Her future projects include Alibaug and Johnny Mastana.
What would you do if Superman paid you a visit?
I would tell him to wear his underwear underneath his pants.
What is your idea of a highly boring evening?
One that is spent with really boring people and their drab conversation.
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If you were stranded on a desert island and could keep five things with you, what would you choose?
Sunblock; swimming costume; a good book; my easel and paints and my cell phone.
The turning point of your life?
Winning Miss Asia Pacific.
What drives you up the wall?
Lies and lethargy.
One film dialogue you love?
Yeh dulhan waqt lagaigi.
One household chore you’d rather do yourself?
Rearrange my closets and jewellery.
If you could go back in time, which period of history would you go back to and why?
The Mughal dynasty. Especially during Akbar’s reign, because it was a time for excellence in innovation, art, architecture and design.
Three places you love shopping in?
New York, London and Dubai.
If you had to spend one crore in a day, what would you do?
Spend it on street children.
The one show you don’t like to miss on TV?
The Big Fight and We The People on NDTV.
Your best pick up line for Brad Pitt?
I heard you are looking for another nanny.
If you had to go for a fancy dress party, what’s the whackiest costume you would come up with?
I would dress up as Peter Pan.
The gadget you are lusting for?
The new iPad.
You have faith in?
God and truth.
What do you do in a crisis?
Try to stay calm and act efficiently.
The craziest rumour you have heard about yourself?
That I was engaged to be married to Shoaib Akhtar! Unbelievable!
If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?
A dog, because then I would be able to understand my pet perfectly.
Your exercise routine?
Functional training for an hour a day, matched with eating healthy.
The one thing you’d always like to get as a gift?
Flowers and a book.