After a six-year break, Dia Mirza is returning to the big screen as Manyata in Sanju and she’s thrilled to be back where she belongs.
Are you hoping to make a comeback with Sanju?
This is my first film in six years, so you can call it my second innings. This is also my first film after marriage. But once an actor, always an actor!
How was the experience of facing the camera after a gap?
I was petrified to face the camera. But Raju ji is a great friend. I had an idea about the script because he was writing it. And we would even sit down and discuss the script.
Did you always have your eye on production?
I learnt a lot while acting and I decided to use that in production. I cast my contemporaries in Bobby Jasoos. I think that’s when people felt I wasn’t keen on acting anymore.
Is there any experience with a fan that had an impact on you?
Once a security personnel at the airport asked me, “Ma’am aapne kaam karna chod diya hai kya?” (Have you stopped working in films?) That made me feel really sad. I will now tell all my fans to come and watch Sanju. I feel touched when fans come and say they want to watch me in more films.
How supportive has your husband been of your career?
Sahil has always been my best friend. We were friends for seven years before we got married. He always told me to choose the films that I like. We are great friends even now and I hope it goes on this way.
What is working with Ranbir Kapoor like?
Ranbir is a cool person with an incredible temperament. He’s the first one on the set and the last to leave. Despite all the prosthetics and the heat, he never showed any irritation. He gives his 100 per cent to his work.