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I'll make my money and marry for love: Dia Mirza

Bollywood actress Dia Mirza speaks to Prema K about life in films, marriage and her forthcoming projects.
None | By Prema K, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2007 12:31 PM IST

She has childhood memories of sitting in front of the mirror and admiring her long tresses till her mother gave her a dressing down.

Looking ahead, Dia Mirza is awaiting the release of her next set of films, especially Bits And Pieces, helmed by the National award winning director, Manmohan Mahapatra.

What prompted you to accept a tiny role in Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.? I had refused some not so interesting films last year which claimed to offer me author-backed roles.

I was beginning to get restless when Ritesh Sidhwani called me up frantically, asking me to meet director Reema Kagti.

I knew my part wasn’t entirely indispensable but I loved the fearlessness of the narrative and wanted to be a part of the director’s vision. So I grabbed a seat on Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. and enjoyed the bus ride. Now I’m looking forward to Sanjay Gupta’s Shootout at Lokhandwala and Alibagh.

I'm also working in Anubhav Sinha's Cash in which I'm playing Aditi who's risponsible for masterminding a robbery.

Aren’t you still looking for that one big ‘hit’?
Parineeta, Dus, and Lage Raho Munnabhai were hits. Now you'll argue that I wasn't playing the lead in these films.

But no film becomes a hit or flop because of one person. A film works in its entirety or it doesn't. As far as I'm concerned, my jinx is broken. I'd rather play a meaningful part in a good film than play an extended part that has no significance.

I’ve also done Bits And Pieces with Manmohan Mahapatra in which I play a young widow who comes face to face with the man she once loved .

You put in a convincing performance in Alag but unfortunately it wasn’t a commercial success …
When a film doesn't do well, it means many people haven't seen it! That's disappointing but it was an enriching experience. It made me more comfortable as an actor.

How important is a sensible film over a commercially successful film?
I'd rather look back at an interesting body of work which satisfied me as performer than look back at great commercial successes which had flaky mindless performances.

But I'm a strong believer that good content finds success. What comes from the heart goes to the heart.

The success of films like Rang de Basanti and Lago Raho Munnabhai proves that great content makes successful cinema.

On another note, tell me which book has affected you the most in recent times?
Ignited Minds by A P J Abdul Kalam. He points out the possibilities that lie ahead of us and also gives the reader an in-depth understanding of how we can realise our dreams. He prods us to think as a citizen of the country, to exercise our minds and build a future.

What are you reading now?
I’m a voracious reader and am into three books simultaneously: Quotes By Gandhi, The shade of Swords, and The Hidden Connection.

How does it feel when guys have crushes on you?
If I like the guy, I'm flattered. If I don't, then I'm wary. But most of the times, its nice to know someone likes you.

When did you first realise that you were beautiful?
I think I was four.

Are you in love?
Enough space has been wasted in speculation on my love life. I enjoy watching journalists waste that space! This is an area of my life I don’t want to talk about.

Will you marry for love or money?
I'll make my money and marry for love.

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