Former Miss Asia Pacific Dia Mirza may still be struggling to find that one superhit that will cement her reputation but she’s remaining upbeat about the way her career is developing. “Right from being crowned Miss Asia Pacific to working with some of the best names in the industry, I’ve never had to struggle to get where I am today,” she says, “Maybe, I took it all for granted. The failure of some of my films have made success more precious now.”
One of the reasons that she’s not as well known as her creative talent deserves may be that she keeps away from the more formulaic movies, determined not to be typecast. “I consciously veer away from stuff that I have done already. That may mean losing out on some good projects at times,” she agrees.
Dia has had to work really hard physically for her upcoming role in Acid Factory, building muscle and stamina for some thrilling action scenes. “I went through hell,” she confesses, “It felt like I was back in school as I used to wake up at 5:30 in the morning. I went through around three months of training like this with 40 days of intensive work-out to strengthen my body. The role needed someone who could do some really strenuous action stunts and kick some butt and I had to build my body accordingly to take all that.” The movie stars Irrfan Khan and Dino Morea.