Dia Mirza: I don’t quite believe that taking a break for a good reason can be a risk

Actor Dia Mirza says she has continued to engage with films in her time off.
Actor Dia Mirza returned to films after four years, with Sanju.
Actor Dia Mirza returned to films after four years, with Sanju.
Updated on Aug 14, 2018 04:04 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Actor Dia Mirza, who with Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju, returned to films after a four-year gap, hopes to do movies on a
regular basis now. Playing the role of Sanjay Dutt’s (played by Ranbir Kapoor) wife Maanayata in the actor’s biopic, Dia received rave reviews for her performance.

In an earlier interview with us, Dia had stated that the break was a conscious choice, but one still wonders if it was a risk to her career in any way.

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However, brushing aside any such concerns, she says, “I have discovered the virtue of patience and I don’t quite believe that taking a break for good reason can be a risk. It’s important to be able to give oneself that time, perspective, and more than anything else, to stand for what one believes in, or what one deserves, or for seeking out meritorious opportunities. Sometimes, those opportunities take time and sometimes, you need to create them for yourselves.”


Adding that in her case, a break never really mattered, Dia adds, “I think good work, sincerity and discipline speak for themselves. As soon as the opportunity opens up, it instantly takes away the gap that one may have taken.”

Often, being out of sight translates into being out of mind, too. Did Dia face such a situation on the work front?
“I never felt that way because I was very much there; I’m in the public eye and have never withdrawn completely.
I continue to participate in everything related to films. I am working on social change, environmental conservation, and so much more, [so] being out of sight is something I needn’t worry about,” she says.

Asked if she is okay being part of more ensemble cast films, Dia says what defines whether she’d take up a film or not is the story and the people, who are making it. “As long as I really believe in the story and care about it, and have respect for the people who are making it, I’m happy to be a part of it. It really doesn’t matter whether it’s an ensemble cast or it’s a lead or what is perceived as a commercial or non-commercial or an offbeat film. None of that would matter, what really matters is the story and who’s telling the story,” she explains.

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