Dia Mirza on her near-death experience: I had to go in for an appendectomy in the fifth month of my pregnancy – Times of India


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Dia Mirza made her Bollywood debut in 2001 with ‘Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein’ and after that, there was no looking back. The former Miss India Asia-Pacific, Dia might not have done too many films but has been enjoying her stint in the industry. The actress has dabbled with the OTT platforms both as an actor and as a producer. On New Year Eve, the actress gave us a glimpse of what her 2021 looked like. Calling it a year filled with incredible joy, the actress gave us a sneak peek into her wedding day and motherhood. She had also mentioned a near-death experience. In an exclusive interaction with ETimes, Dia speaks at length about the same and also how her being vocal about her thoughts and opinions affected her career. Excerpts:

How would you describe your 2021 in one word?

For me personally, motherhood.

One movie/show that you are waiting for in 2022?

Anubhav Sinha’s ‘Bheed‘.

You celebrated the New Year with your husband and son for the first time. How was it?

Just like it should be! Family time is precious. It was wonderful bringing in the new year with our daughter and baby boy.

You are collaborating with Anubhav Sinha once again for ‘Bheed’ after ‘Thappad‘. How was your experience working with him?

I deeply care for and respect Anubhav’s cinema. Having been directed by him 20 years ago in a music video, working with him on some of his earlier films to our collaboration on ‘Thappad’ and now ‘Bheed’, it’s been a long and interesting journey. ‘Bheed’ is an important film, and very hard to make. But Anubhav makes the experience so enjoyable, effortless and personal. I love the entire team he works with. It was so good to be back on a film set with him!

Two decades in the film industry and being a celebrity, are you now used to the public eye and the fact that you must be open to varying degrees of voyeurism and scrutiny?

One must accept that along with the love and generosity of our audiences comes varying degrees of scrutiny. Over the years I have also discovered people will treat us the way we treat ourselves in the public domain.

Your New Year post hinted at some experiences that left us really curious. We all know about your marriage and motherhood, but what happened with the near-death experience?

I had to go in for an appendectomy in the fifth month of my pregnancy. I was in and out of hospital subsequently because of an acute bacterial infection that could have led to sepsis while I was in my sixth month of pregnancy. My baby had to be delivered because my placenta had started to haemorrhage. It was a tough time and I’m grateful for my gynaecologist who saved our lives.

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How different is it being a mother during the pandemic?

To bring a child into a world in crisis has a profound impact on all our choices. I hope that someday soon we won’t have to wear masks and our children can have normalcy in their lives. Our daughter is studying online and that is a struggle. Our son is too young to know the difference. But while we stay home, we cherish the time we have together and do all we can to make this time engaging, happy and safe for our children.

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You’ve always been vocal about your thoughts and opinions, do you think being transparent and not diplomatic has affected your career in any way?

Sure it has! It now only attracts those I truly respect into my life and I get to work with them. It is the best way forward.

A lot of people have lost a lot during this pandemic. Some have lost family and friends, while others have lost careers, time and money. What sort of lessons have you learned through these turbulent times and what will you look back at, say five years down the line?

All of humanity has been shaken by the past two years. Inequalities have widened, the fractures of our societies have deepened. But at the same time, there have been so many good people working towards helping those in need. The lesson that COVID-19 has taught me is that nothing is more urgent than restoring natural balance and improving our relationship with the natural world. And nothing is more important than health. The most important lesson is that all human health is connected to the health of the planet.

I hope we can look back at this time five years from now as the time the world chose to heal. A time when sustainability became a priority and a big shift in all of our choices lead to a path of recovery for people and for the planet.



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