The actor- producer fees that heroines are still added to films to up the glamour quotient
Dia Mirza feels women-centric films in Bollywood are mostly one-sided but things are now changing.
Dia also said that there is a scope for such movies to be presented as wholesome entertainers for a larger audience. “Heroines have always been an essential part of films but their portrayal in cinema is not a much explored subject. Actresses are added primarily for glamour quotient,” she said.
“Women-dominated films have a long history in Bollywood, but Bobby Jasoos, a spy-thriller centred around a female detective (Vidya Balan), attempts to break into a domain until now largely occupied by male actors,” she said.
The first look of Vidya, dressed as a male beggar with beard and ragged hair, and unveiled a few weeks ago caught everyone’s attention. “I am very excited about Bobby Jasoos as a lover of cinema, as a maker of cinema and as an audience. The manner in which we have approached and viewed women-centric subjects is tilted only in one direction – they are gritty, deep, dark and intense,” Dia said.
“What is now refreshing is our story tellers are beginning to believe and execute women stories that are not what we think or perceive women subjects to be like. They are wholesome entertainers for everyone to see,” she said. Dia hoped Bobby Jasoos, slated for release later this year, gets thumps up from people. “I hope Bobby Jasoos is loved by men as much as women. We have made this film for everybody. It is not a film for women alone or women power.”
The film, directed by Samar Shaikh, has been produced under the banner of Born Free Entertainment, co-owned by the former beauty queen and her beau Sahil Sangha.
This is Dia’s second film as a producer after Love Breakups Zindagi (2011) and and she is enjoying her innings as a producer. “There is a lot of hard work as a producer and it is compelling. It is like a drug…it entices you and once you get addicted, it is very difficult to draw away from it.”
Asked if she misses acting, pat comes the reply, “Off course I do… But facilitating a film is far more meaningful and fulfilling experience.”
The 32-year-old model-turned-actor was seen walking the ramp for ace designer Anita Dongre last night at the Lakme Fashion Week. Dia said she still gets nervous while on ramp. “You feel that adrenaline rush…the attack of anxiety is there. But once you hit the ramp the energy from the audience helps, it is a great high to be on ramp.”