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Dia Mirza Finds Happiness Again



It seems providential  to me that  Dia Mirza  got married during the same week that Madhavan received his doctorate. They both made their debut  together  20 years ago  in  Rehna Hai Terre DilMein. A film that  I  was instrumental  in  getting released in  Bihar, though I wonder  if producer Vashu Bhagnani would  like to remember  my contribution.

I’ve known Maddy and Dia since then, one of them  much more closely than the  other. But then  Dia Mirza is not the  sort who would  opt for boisterous friendships.She is  very  private and a  highly  reserved human being. Madhavan is  something else.

  They both tell me  this is the happiest moment of their life. I believe them.Sometimes  one comes across people who deserve  all the  happiness in the world. Diya Mirza  is one of them. Unlike  others  of her ilk(and I mean showbiz)  she  has never allowed  success  or failure to rule and define her relationships.Dia makes friends for life. We’ve known each other  for more years that  I can count.

I still remember  when she made her Bollywood debut. Audiences immediately saw her for what she  was:  pretty  and pristine. She was  never the wet-dream girl, never the  kind to awaken dirty thoughts in the  viewers’ heads.She was  more Hema  Malini than  Zeenat Aman.

She has  always been  proper in her behavior and pronouncements. If I’ve to see an opposite it would  have to be Kangana Ranaut who doesn’t believe in  filters. Dia Mirza’s life is  seen through filtered lenses.  She lives in an invisible impregnable  castle where none  of the human foibles  and filth are  welcome.

I believe she  deserves more  as an actor than the film  industry  is willing to  give her. Bollywood, as  we know it, is  not so  generous to  those  who are as transparent as Dia is. You would never see her on backslapping terms  with her co-stars, never see her  sucking up to producers for roles, never  see  her pretending to be  nice to people she  doesn’t  like.

 I don’t want to call  her a misfit in  masala kingdom. But that’s what she is. Her marriage, her second to  Vaibhav Rekhi comes with a built-in child. I am sure Dia will make  a wonderful mother to her husband’s  daughter. I am sure all her  friends feel the same way. There can be  no dispute  over Dia Mirza’s  goodheartedness. Dia Mirza was born  a mother.

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