Dia Mirza became a household name right after her Bollywood debut in Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein. She was merely 19 and starred opposite R Madhavan. After that, she was seen in movies like Deewanapan, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Dus, Sanju, Thappad and more. But did you know that it was Anupam Kher who convinced her parents that the film industry wasn’t a bad industry to work?
The actress is celebrating her 39th birthday today and on the occasion, she has spilled the beans on her journey in Bollywood. Continue reading the article to know more.
While talking about how her journey started, Dia Mirza told Times Of India, “Interestingly, it happened within the same year (2000) of me winning Miss Asia Pacific International. I had started getting offers of films while I was Miss India. I was turning them all down because I was preparing for the international contest.”
Dia Mirza added, “Mr Anupam Kher met my parents and convinced them that Bollywood is not a big bad world. He told them that there are good and kind human beings there too. I think my parents were just petrified that they did not know anybody from the industry and that I would be all alone. It is the same kind of trepidation that I think any parents would have. Finally, Anupam sir convinced my parents and they accepted. I moved to Bombay in 2001. And before the end of the year, I already had three releases. It was a roller-coaster year.”
Talking about her films, Dia Mirza said, “My second film was with Salman Khan and the third with Arjun Rampal, then the fourth was with Vivek Oberoi. I worked with some of the best producers in the country. And tragically, all those films bombed. Yes, ‘Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein’ went on to become a cult film.”
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