Dia Mirza on male dominated Hindi film industry

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Close to completing two decades in the Hindi film industry, actress and producer Dia Mirza made her Hindi film debut in 2001 with ‘Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein’ after representing India at the Miss Asia Pacific 2000 contest and bringing home the crown.

Mid-day reveals that in an interview with The Times of India, Mirza shared, “The industry is male dominated. Older men like to be cast opposite younger women to extend their own shelf life. It is bizarre that a 50 plus something actor is acting opposite a 19 year-old actress.”

Talking about the opportunities that are coming her way, the actress stated, “I think stories and opportunities for female characters have opened up significantly. There are more female representations now, more than ever. We have more female directors, DoPs, and editors. The number is lagging far behind even now but it is definitely more from the time I started working. It is that representation that has opened up the narration but I think that the advent of the OTT platform has truly given narratives that are driven from a feminine lens are increasing manifold. I am grateful for it.”

“I hope that this expression of female actors allows them to play the leading part even when they are older. But the unfortunate truth of the matter is that stories are not written for the female older characters as much as the male ones. It is even more unfortunate to see an older man playing younger parts,” added Mirza.

The actress can be seen in films such as ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha’ (2004), ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ (2006), ‘Love Breakups Zindagi’ (2011), ‘Sanju’ (2018), and more recently, ‘Thappad’ (2020).

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