Dia Mirza in a straight talk with Ritujaay Ghosh
You had a three-scene appearance in Shootout at Lokhandwala. Can we expect more of you in Dus Kahaniyan?
Well, since Zahir is a two-character story the audience will see a lot of me. I hope to give people a character they can take home with them.
But isn’t it just a 10-minute story?
The short film format is a challenge. Since you get a lot less time, you have to work harder. Before we started shooting I worked on my character’s biography and rehearsed all my scenes several times. Even in my sleep they were playing in my mind.
How would you rate the film’s chances at the box-office?
It’s an interesting concept. All those associated with the film are excited. I hope the audience likes it too.
Does your character Sia have shades of Dia?
Sia is a small town girl. She dreams of a career in the movies.. and loves poetry. She’s intelligent and vibrant.
Sanjay (Gupta) had picked up bits of my conversations with him and put them into my dialogue sheet. That surprised me but also made the role personal and real. I suddenly felt more like Sia because she sounded like me.
You’re acting with Manoj Bajpai, right?
Yeah. Initially, I was terrified of working with him given his experience and calibre. But he was perfect for the part. Being with him, made me feel that I was perfect for mine too.
Where did Cash go wrong?
It was a bad film.The plot was confused. Everything went wrong in it. It’s sad because it was made with such good intentions. But sometimes the best of directors lose objectivity.
Besides Dus Kahaniyan what else do you have lined up?
There’s Alibaug , an emotional drama, and Krazzy 4, a comedy. I don’t do more than four films a year. There’s so much more to do in life.What’s the point of working so much that you stop enjoying yourself ?