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Dia Mirza is on fire, ready to go

Thursday, June 01, 2006 

Mumbai (UNI): Bollywood actor Dia Mirza, who is the latest heroine to join the 'item girl' bandwagon in the forthcoming film Phir Hera Pheri' says playing lead roles is no longer important. Speaking to mediapersons here, Dia said, '' It is no longer important to do hero-heroine roles as the emphasis today is more on strong characters''. She elaborates: '' The emphasis is more on character and I am excited to be a part of this kind of cinema. For example if a star has ample reels to himself he can prove his/her mettle. The real challenge comes when the star has to prove himself by sharing the cinema space with his co-stars. That is why 'Parineeta' is so important to me because I proved myself in the short span of space in the film.''

Speaking about her item number in Phir Hera Pheri, Dia says she is doing an item number, Pyaar Ki Chatni which is a 'lavni' choreographed by ace choreographer Ganesh Hegde. ''There is a certain amount of sensuality involved, but it is not a raunchy number. You can compare it to a Madhuri Dixit number which is Indian but not sexy. It is not in your face.'' She further states, ''When I was told the choreographer was Ganesh Hegde my reaction was, 'My God'. I am not a trained dancer, though I am currently learning hip-hop, funk, ballet and modern dance.'

Being a true Sagittarian, her other passion besides acting includes painting, reading, horse riding, swimming and writing. Ask her about her passion for writing, she says she writes a 1,200 word column for the daily Hindustan Times. ''For the first time, I understood the meaning of the word 'deadline'. Come Friday and I start getting butterflies in my stomach,'' says Dia. She says her articles are read because she speaks from personal experience and her articles are always backed with research. An issue she feels very strongly about is suicide. She has written a column on this issue too.

Getting back to films, she says, her forthcoming films are Familywala with Arjun Rampal and Paresh Rawal, Honeymoon Travels and Munnabhai's second innings. Dia says, ''I do stuff I am comfortable with . For somebody who is not from the industry it takes time to break into camps.'' Her favourite films are, Rangeela which she calls a romantic comedy', Hera Pheri, Munnabhai MBBS', Familywala, Masoom, Lagaan, Tehzeeb, Parineeta, Tumsa Nahi Dekha and Alag where she stars with a new boy Akshay Kapoor. The film is about Akshay who is stuck in the basement for 18 years and when he comes out the way he reacts to people and vice-versa. But the film that established her as an artiste she says, was Tehzeeb. The film got her rave reviews both from the national and international media.

''If you see my films be it Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein, or Dus or any other, there are variety of roles in each of my films. There is growth and change. I hate to be consistent''. The former beauty queen feels modelling and beauty pageants are not a front door entry into Bollywood. If that were the case, thousands of aspirants would have made it. There would have been many model-turned-actors. But you know, its not the case. ''After I won the crown, I knew that five years down the line I would be a Bollywood actor. My attitude was, ''Let me try and regret it later, than not try at all and regret it for the rest of my life.''

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