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For actor/producer Dia Mirza, it's a really surprising fact that in a career of over 15 years, she has worked with women directors just twice. "It is appalling that in my career of over 15 years, I did not get enough chances to work with women directors... it has been hardly one or two times. I did not intentionally choose not to work with women filmmakers. Unfortunately, there were hardly any women on the director's chair till a few years ago," Dia told IANS over the phone. Dia shared screen space in Reema Kagti-directedHoneymoon Travels Pvt Ltd in 2007. And years after that, she would now be seen under the direction of Sonam Nair in a web series titled Kaafir.


The 38-year-old actress says "a lot" has changed for women in the industry over the years. "I am a huge supporter of women claiming their space and backing their voices because I think they have some very important things to say and stories to share. So, each time I see a woman achieve success on the merits of her thought and action, I am happy to cheer the loudest," said Dia.


After a good career in acting and production, can we see her directing soon?
"I am definitely going to direct one day," Dia said, with all excitement. It's just a matter of being certain about the story that I want to tell. Once that is clear to me, I will most certainly call 'action'," she said.


Dia is also making her way in the digital medium as a producer. Dia and her husband Sahil Sangha, who run the banner Born Free Entertainment, have produced the upcoming web show Mind The Malhotras in collaboration with Applause Entertainment."Our experience as producers teaches us only one thing -- give the narrative all that it deserves and requires in terms of budget, give your team even more love than they may desire and you will have a happy team with hopefully always a quality product," she said.

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