Dia Mirza Recalls Hurdles That She Faced On Film Sets, Says, 'Differences In How We Were Treated'

Dia Mirza recalled the initial phase of her acting journey, and talked about the struggles she had to endure back then.


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Dia Mirza Recalls Hurdles That She Faced On Film Sets, Says, 'Differences In How We Were Treated'

Dia Mirza is one of the finest actresses of her generation. The former Miss India has carved a special place in the hearts of millions, courtesy of her exceptional acting prowess and breathtaking beauty. She made her debut in 2001 with the iconic romantic film, Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein, post which she never looked back in her career. Recently, the diva talked about her initial years of struggle in the film industry and revealed the severe hurdles she faced on the film sets.

Dia Mirza shares troubles she faced on film sets due to prevalent sexism

In an interaction with BBC Hindi, Dia Mirza recalled the initial years when she started out in her career. The diva highlighted the prevalence of sexism in the film industry and revealed how basic necessities weren’t made available to the women working there. From smaller vanity vans to no provisions of washrooms, Dia stunned everyone with the shocking revelations. In her words:

“Because there were so few women working on film sets, there would be hurdles around every corner. There would be differences in how we were treated, in the amenities that were available to us. Our vanity vans would be smaller. When we would go to locations to shoot songs, a basic thing like a toilet wouldn’t be available. We would have to go behind trees, behind rocks, and three people would shield you with large sheets. We wouldn’t have space to change clothes. Basically, we lacked an access to privacy, access to basic hygiene.”

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Dia reveals dealing with tantrums of male actors, who were privileged due to bias

In the same interaction, Dia revealed that not just was the entire film industry quite impartial towards women, but the men, too, enjoyed this special treatment. The actress revealed that on many instances, the actors would turn up late for the shoot, and nobody would say anything. She mentioned:

“But even simple things, like if our male counterparts would show up late, nobody would say a word to them. But if any sort of delay happened because of a woman, we were immediately labelled unprofessional.”


When Dia revealed she was traumatised due to brutal media attacks

In an earlier interview with BollywoodLife, Dia Mirza spoke about the time when she used to face brutal media reviews due to her work. She revealed that she used to get traumatised due to the same. Dia credited that now, the reviewers have become more dignified and restrict themselves from passing personal or comments on the celebrities.

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When Dia Mirza claimed she was rejected from films for being good-looking

In a previous interview with Bollywood Bubble, Dia Mirza opened up about facing rejections in her career. While she didn’t come from any privileged, filmy background, therefore, she had to earn her way into the film industry. Speaking along the same lines, Dia mentioned how she was frequently rejected by a number of A-listed filmmakers, just because she was good-looking. In her words:

“There are lots of wonderful directors who I’d give my heart for and I would love to work with. They haven’t cast me because they think I look too good. But it’s okay, it’s fine. But I have to say this there’s been an update in life since. Those same directors now want to work with me.”


What do you think about Dia Mirza’s revelations?

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