New Delhi (UNI) She made a splash with her very first big screen appearance in Vashu Bhagnani's Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein with her ''pristine beauty'' and graceful screen presence endearing her to cine goers across the country. However, nearly seven years after Rehna Hai Tere Dil Main, Diya Mirza's career in Bollywood has failed to scale the heights attained by her contemporaries like Lara Dutta and even those like Bipasha Basu, Mallika Sherawat and Katrina Kaif, who made their Bollywood debut after her.
The amount of media limelight coming the way of Bipasha Basu, Mallika Sherawat and Katrina Kaif may have eluded her but Diya Mirza is content with the work coming her way. ''I'm doing the kind of films I want. Whatever I'm doing is satisfying me,'' Diya says. Talking to us during a visit to the Capital, she admitted that her career in Bollywood had not progressed the way that of many of her contemporaries had.
''I haven't had many successful films in my career. Luckily, however, there has been a big change in the film industry in terms of the kind of films being made now. So you will see more of me in the near future,'' Diya said. In fact, after a long hiatus since Shootout at Lokhandwala, Diya will be seen in several cinematic ventures in the coming months.
''I'm doing five films right now - Acid Factory which is an action movie about six boys, Kaun Bola - a romantic comedy starring Arshad Warsi, Kisan which is about farmer suicides, a film with Amitabh Bachchan titled Johny Mastana and Alibaug with Sanjay Dutt,'' she said.
When asked which of these five films she was looking forward to the most, she replied, ''All of them. See, this is not a diplomatic response. All the characters being played by me in these films are separate and the story lines are very diverse. 'Acid Factory' is a high fashion action movie. Johny Mastana is a slice of life itself, depicting how far can you go for the one you love.
Kisan is a UTV Production. Kaun Bola is with a supreme powerhouse of talent - Arshad Warsi. It has the meatiest role ever played by me.'' Of all her rols, however, Diya is particularly excited about her character in Kaun Bola, which is Arshad Warsi"s home production venture. ''The character I play in Kaun Bola was really exciting because she's probably the most realistic character in a film from commercial cinema. She is so many things altogether - she's a child, a woman - which makes a woman what she is,'' Diya said.
The former beauty queen has had really fond experiences of working in Kaun Bola. ''I had a lot of fun working in Kaun Bola. It was light, emotional. Most importantly, it's valid, when you see the film you will feel that you can be a part of what's happening on the screen. Arshad himself has written the screenplay and the dialogues of the film. In fact, a lot of him as a person is evident in the film,'' Diya said.
Despite being a natural beauty herself, Diya doesn't believe in traditional concept of beauty. ''Beauty is something undefined. You can't ever define beauty truly, certainly not such as diamonds are forever. To me, where there is tranquility, serenity, that's beauty. As far as inner beauty is concerned, I stopped using that line eight years ago after winning the Asia-Pacific beauty pageant in 2000,'' the actor said.