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Stardom hasn’t changed me : Dia

She was a teenager when she won the coveted Miss Asia Pacific title in 2000 and, since then, Dia Mirza has been smiling away as an actor, social worker and now, as a producer. But she is glad that she has been able to evade the ‘pretense’ which often comes with stardom.

‘Stardom sometimes can bring a lot of pretension in your life. I've noticed that a lot of people around you change, and that is scary. I've tried to stay the same,’ Dia said in an interview.

‘It (stardom) has bothered me. I will be dishonest if I say it hasn't. But it hasn't overwhelmed me or destroyed me,’ added the 31-year-old, who battled relationship rumours, comparisons and competition to come into her own in the multi-billion dollar Indian film industry.

‘I have given my shot to acting,’ she said, opening up about broadening her horizons within filmdom through her movie production banner Born Free Entertainment.

‘I gave a good 10 years to acting. Now my horizons are expanding and I'm exploring myself. I'm optimistic and happy with my company.

‘Cinema is my passion, but I will not destroy my self-esteem by being a part of films which I am not a part of,’ she added.

Dia made her Bollywood foray with Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein. Her endearing smile did wonders for her, and she went on to feature in several films like Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge, Tumsa Nahin Dekha - A Love Story, Parineeta, Dus and Lage Raho Munnabhai.

But she couldn't match the success of Lara Dutta and Priyanka Chopra, who bagged the Miss Universe and Miss World crowns respectively in the same year as Dia. She agrees, and says it is only her audience's perception that has mattered to her.

‘I've never been crushed by the industry's perception,’ says the actress.
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