Dia wants a dream role
Life’s tailormade to perfection for Dia Mirza. After a disastrous debut (in Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein) followed by two more howlers (Deewanapan and Tumko Na Bhool Payenge) Dia is not going to look back in regret.
"There’s no point crying over films that made no impact. Sometimes your best intentions come to naught. I worked hard in all of these films, put in my best, trusted my directors completely and what do I get in return? Brickbats from the media and the royal ignore by people who swore to work with me! I’ve learnt from my mistakes and I am not going to blindly believe whatever people around me say. I’d rather listen to my head," points out Dia firmly.
She has just wrapped up the last schedule of Khalid Mohammed’s Tehzeeb (supposed to be a pale copy of Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata) with Shabana Azmi and Urmila Matondkar.
"It was a very illuminating experience. I remember how supportive Urmila was throughout. Shabanaji even complimented me for enacting my role so well. In the film I play the role of a mentally challenged young woman, which was very, very tough.”
A role that Dia particularly identified with as a woman was Pran Jaye par Shaan Na Jaye. "I think my role of a normal girl who proves a point to the man she loves and the world that ugly ducklings can be swans struck a chord with the audience. Isn’t it such a pity that even now girls are judged only by their appearances in the marriage market? For me sporting the no make-up look in the film wasn’t tough, playing the girl next door, who was so refreshingly innocent, was," she says.
Dia who’s also working with Sanjay Gadhvi and possibly Venus’ next confesses that for an actress like her "what matters most are roles of substance. There are plenty of actresses who’ll happily bare all without a blink, I certainly don’t want to join that league.”
For now, Dia’s content reading books and catching up with old friends as she waits for that perfect role.