'Nobody took me seriously'

'Nobody took me seriously'

Actress-producer Dia Mirza says being a film producer is tough, but nothing has ever made her feel more creatively satisfied. Dia has produced two films Love Breakups Zindagi and Bobby Jasoos under her banner Born Free Entertainment, which she co-owns with her fiance Sahil Sangha.

“Producing films is not easy at all. Even when I was only an actor, I appreciated the role of my producers because it’s daunting to put a film together, to make the written word in the script a tangible reality, to take it to the theatres and ensure it gets to the audiences,” says the 32-year-old.

“It’s a lot of work. But I must admit I haven’t felt more creatively satisfied doing anything else as making films,” says the former beauty queen. The going hasn’t been easy as a woman producer for Dia.

“Being a woman producer can be tough and also be easy. Tough because it is largely a male-dominated industry. When I started out, nobody took me seriously. But when I made my first film, everyone was surprised,” she says.

“With my second film, I managed to seal the stamp within the industry to say that ‘I am serious about what I am doing’,” she adds. Dia’s second production Bobby Jasoos featured Vidya Balan in the title role.

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