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Dia Mirza on how ’50 above’ actors prefer casting young actresses

After bagging the Miss Asia Pacific title in 2000, gorgeous Dia Mirza made her Bollywood debut with Gautham Menon’s ‘Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein’. Since then she has been ruling hearts with her beauty and a pretty smile. The actress was last seen in her home production ‘Love Breakups Zindagi’ that released in 2011, and now after a gap of six years she is back in actor Sanjay Dutt‘s biopic ‘Sanju’ which will be releasing soon.

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In the biopic, the actress will be playing Sanjay Dutt’s wife Maanayata Dutt’s role. In one of her recent interviews to PTI, Dia said that interesting offers for actresses start diminishing after a certain age since filmmakers and some ‘above 50’ male actors prefer signing young actresses. “For women (actors), especially once they hit their mid-30s, opportunities, unfortunately, start shrinking because some filmmakers want to cast young actresses and most male actors, who have well passed their 50s, (also) want to work with the younger talent,” said the actress. (Also Read: When Sanjay Dutt didn’t wake up for two days after taking drugs)

“One needs to break through this. It is going to take some fundamental changes in the way we approach our cinema whether it is about every woman making her choices or choosing to marry when she wants and continue to be a professional. Today the female actors have to push themselves, explore opportunities, and even create them for themselves,” Dia added.

Revealing about how she landed a role in ‘Sanju’, Dia shared, “I waited for two-and-half years from the time I finished my Iranian film to hear from a credible filmmaker asking me to be a part of his film. In December 2016, I got a call from Rajkumar Hirani for ‘Sanju’. I was leaving for a vacation at that time. Raju sir (Rajkumar Hirani) told me to come to my office as he wanted to narrate a film. I told him that I am travelling. He said I might have to cancel the trip. He said that if I like the film and role, we will have to start reading immediately as the shooting will begin in 15 days.”

 

When asked about how she felt after coming on board for ‘Sanju’ she replied, “I was relieved and excited because I wasn’t working on a film…it was scary and terrifying. I was excited and pumped to be part of a film that would be credible. To work with Raju sir, who I have always admired, on ‘Sanju’ was a very nice experience.”

‘Sanju’ is all set to hit the silver screens on June 29.

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