Dia Mirza is enthused by the overwhelming response her debut production, Love Breakups Zindagi has been getting so far. “The song, Rab rakha… has become a national blessing. I feel so blessed that we’ll be opening during the festive period,” she smiles.
Her Dusshera release is pitted against Sanjay Dutt’s first home production. “Our small film can never be competition for a biggie like Rascals,” she says. “Mausam’s delay has queered up the pitch for us after the distributors took a calculated risk in locking the date. We don’t have a budget for marketing which is my biggest headache today. I hope that people know it’s coming on October 7 and will be driven by the freshness of content to come to the theatres.”
Dia met Sanjay recently and was touched by his enthusiastic response to her film: “He’s always been protective towards me and shares a special bond with Zayed (co-producer Zayed Khan). He wasn’t even thinking about his film as he wished us luck. He’s the most large-hearted person I’ve met.”
The film’s production company is already on to its next projects. “Zayed and Sahil (partner Sahil Sangha) are keen on an action comedy while there’s a small film I’ve been dreaming of making for a while,” says Dia.
Meanwhile, there’s talk of an early wedding. Dia doesn’t deny dating writer-producer-director Sahil but insists that they haven’t locked on a wedding date yet. “We’re in a committed relationship. Sahil’s family has made me welcome but for the last year-and-a-half, we’ve been completely focussed on our film. Marriage is just a formality, it’ll happen in time. We are in no hurry,” she asserts.
What makes Sahil her Mr. Right? “I like his honesty. Once he makes a commitment, he will not fall back on it,” she says. And what’s the most romantic thing he’s ever done? “The best thing about romancing a writer is that you end up with a big collection of little notes that make you feel loved.”