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‘The Bombay Journey’ Ep 20: Dia Mirza Lists Down 5 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Conserve Nature



Bollywood actress Dia Mirza is a lot of things. In fact, it feels reductive to just call her an actress because the former pageant queen is beautiful inside and out. Not just that, she is also an environmentalist and is vocal about the conservation of nature on all her platforms. Mirza who just turned a mom is not just eco-conscious but is also an active advocate of the voiceless, trying to highlight the issues that need to be talked about. In fact, when she joined us for a chat for The Bombay Journey, she spoke about environmental action at lengths. And pointed out how collective participation makes the right noise. And because charity begins at home, she has made sure how her home reflects her principles which when coupled with actions like planting trees as a birthday/anniversary gift makes a whole lot of difference.

Speaking of home, Mirza who was born Hyderabad reminisced about the days when she made India proud and won Miss India 2000, all at the age of 18. This is also when she moved to Bombay (hey, it’s called The Bombay Journey for a reason) and was roommates with none other than Lara Dutta. She revealed how they’d dine on Wai Wai noodles and gorged on dosas and idlis from places like Shiv Sagar idli, Swati Snacks and Cafe Madras. But soon she was able to fetch her own place, at 19, and interestingly it is the same house she resides in even now. Talk about simple living and high thinking. She also admitted while she had entered Bollywood was born then, it is only now after her show Kaafir, after 18 years that people take her seriously as an actor. While doing so, Mirza also reflected back upon filmmaking and how it has changed over the years. Because earlier it was like, “5 gaane hain, superstar hai, aap story ka narration kyun maange rahe ho.” “A lot of people were just winging it,” she rightly puts it. But it is different today. She doesn’t have the pull and tear that she felt back then, of “feeling constant contradiction and conflict. It was offensive to people that you were thinking or asking questions.” It took some time for the actress to find the find filmmakers who weren’t offended. “It has taken me 18 years to do the kind of work that would showcase my talent and not insult my intelligence.”

While talking about her craft, Mirza also opened up about her foray into production and how she once had to mortgage her house. It was during the shoot of Bobby Jasoos and because no studio backed the project and the bank loan didn’t come through, and they already had Vidya Balan’s, she went all guns and got it done. Now, it was time to wrap but not without talking about her favorite nooks in the city. When asked, she mentioned about Mt Mary is a place of peace for her and how watching the sunset by the sea always does the trick. Before concluding she also raved about the great bio-diversity Bombay and even listed 5 simple things to do to conserve nature. It is really simple things like waste less, save more. Like taking a small shower, carrying your own water bottle, and refusing to single-use plastic. Check out the video to find out all.

Cover Image: Bhavya Poonia/Mashable India

SEE ALSO: The Bombay Journey Ep 19: Arjun Mathur On His Love-Hate Relationship With The City, Surviving Bollywood And More



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