Dia Mirza recalls making her first job request to a friend, when she urged Rajkumar Hirani to cast her in Sanju, the 2018 biopic about Sanjay Dutt.
Dia Mirza has said that when one decides to become an actor, it is like ‘signing a bond for heartache’. She also revealed that she lobbied Rajkumar Hirani to cast her in his Ranbir Kapoor film Sanju.
Dia is currently promoting her new film, Bheed, in which she co-stars with Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Kapur, and Bhumi Pednekar. Anubhav Sinha directs the film. She previously appeared in Anubhav Sinha’s Thappad alongside Taapsee Pannu.
“When we become actors, we sign a bond of heartache,” Dia told Indian Express in an interview. Heartbreak when your stories don’t find audiences, heartbreak when your stories don’t find producers, and heartbreak when you’re just waiting for someone to send you work. It’s extremely difficult.” She also stated that if a film is successful, artists may believe that it will bring them more work, but this is not always the case.
She also stated that she had never done anything like that before Sanju because she was always too shy and awkward to call friends for work. “Perhaps that’s one of the reasons I haven’t gotten other jobs; maybe it takes you calling and telling the filmmaker, ‘I want to work with you.'”
Dia appeared in several films in the early 2000s after making her debut in 2001 with Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, opposite R Madhavan and Saif Ali Khan. She resurfaced as a popular face in the industry with the 2018 film Sanju. Since then, she has appeared in Anubhav Sinha’s Thappad and the web series Kaafir.
Following a heartbreaking video teaser that teased the subject of the upcoming film Bheed, the new monochrome teaser introduces the film’s lead characters, who revolve around the struggle faced by the poor during the 2020 nationwide lockdown. Lead actor Rajkummar Rao captioned the teaser on Instagram, “A crisis that created borders within the country and its people.” Also see: Bheed teaser: Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar’s film compares worker migration in 2020 to partition in 1947. Watch
The new teaser begins with glimpses of migrant workers travelling in crowded trains, buses, and even on foot to their villages as the government imposed a nationwide lockdown that halted all non-essential activities, robbing the poor of their livelihood. “Hum sahar gaye kyunki yaha pe koi intjaam nahi tha, sahar se wapis aaye kyunki waha koi intjaam nahi tha,” Rajkummar says in the background. Garib aadmi ke liye intjaam nahi hua. We went to the city because there was no work in the village, and we returned because there was no work in the city. There is never a provision for the poor).”
It is followed by brief glimpses of Kritika Kamra as a journalist on ground zero, Ashutosh Rana as a police officer riding in a jeep, Rajkummar Rao as a police officer in uniform riding a bike, and more of Dia Mirza on the verge of a breakdown, a worried Bhumi Pednekar as a medical professional, and Pankaj Kapur. The captivating teaser concludes with Rajkummar on foot chasing someone.
Bheed was shot in black and white by director Anubhav Sinha in order to draw parallels between the country’s pandemic-induced lockdown and the 1947 partition. “This is a story about people whose lives were changed in an instant and whose colours were lost when the border was drawn within the country,” Anubhav Sinha said in a statement.