Dia Mirza Still shining bright – Gulf News Interview Nov 2009

Her career may be taking a slow turn, but Dia Mirza still commands respect.

Ex-Miss Asia Pacific Dia Mirza’s career isn’t rocking, but she still commands respect in the world of glamour. Mirza was recently in town to participate in Dubai Fashion Week, where she walked the ramp for Dubai-based Z for Z designer label. We caught up with her to ask about her association with the label, her career and upcoming projects…

Dia Mirza will soon be seen in Johnny Mastana
Dia Mirza will soon be seen in Johnny Mastana

How did you get involved with Z for Z fashion label?
Actually Zaeem Jamal [the designer of Z for Z label] is a friend of one of my close friends. I saw his samples and portfolio when he visited me in Mumbai. I loved his style quotient and I found his costumes very feminine, beautiful and chic.

Did you like your Z for Z showstopper outfit during Dubai Fashion Week?

It was a wonderful red outfit and the best part about it is that it’s so wearable. Most often you get to see extravagant clothes on the ramps that you can’t wear in real life. What makes Z for Z label so wonderful is that they are very much wearable costumes.

Who are your favourite Indian and international fashion designers?
Among Indian designers I like the work of Hemant Trivedi, Ritu Kumar and Nikhil-Shantanu who did some amazing work for my outfits in Acid Factory. Internationally, I like Bisou Bisou and Armani.

What do you think is the most appealing aspect of your beauty?
I think it’s my overall personality though I get a lot of compliments for my eyes, which many say are beautiful and expressive. I think beauty is in the eye of the beholder and therefore what is sexy for one may not be for the other.

Coming to your films, were you disappointed when your much-hyped Acid Factory failed at the box office?
It’s always disappointing for any actor, filmmaker or the crew to see their film flop. It was heartbreaking to see Acid Factory not do well as I worked hard on my character in the film. The good news is that the film garnered good reviews and my work was praised, so I don’t feel entirely let down.

Were you banking heavily on the film to work wonders for your career?
Well, I think a person should bank on hard work, perseverance and dedication. I believe that it is your hard work that gets you through ups and downs in your life

Whenever you have done a cameo in a big-budget flick, the film has been a box office success: Dus, Phir Hera Pheri, Shootout At Lokhandwala, Lage Raho Munnabhai and Heyy Babyy. Have you figured out the secret behind this success?
Yes, I am aware of it. I haven’t figured out the secret but I hope that someone else turns out to be a lucky mascot in my films!

You are making another cameo appearance in Karan Johar’s Kurbaan.
It’s a wonderful film. Rensil D’Silva [director of Kurbaan] and I became good friends while working together on a film called Johnny Mastana that was directed by Shoojit Sarcar. Later I got a call from Rensil and he asked me to read the script for Kurbaan. Though I have stopped doing guest appearances I couldn’t refuse being part of such a special project.

What projects does the future hold for you?
Besides Johnny Mastana, I am also doing Arshad Warsi’s home production Kaun Bola. I also have an interesting film with Rahul Bose called Bits & Pieces.

Source: Gulf News

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