Dia Mirza and Zayed Khan are hoping to flag off their first home production by early next year. The duo has been busy with pre-production and will soon launch their logo. It’s an animated one but Mirza is quick to point out that their first film will not be loaded in special effects romantic fantasy or over-experimental in any way.
“It will be a simple story, well told that can connect with youngsters and send them out of the theatres skipping,” says the actor, whose list of favourites include films like Chak De! India, the Munnabhai series and more recently, Udaan.
The first film is being directed by debutant Sahil Sangha. Isn’t that a risk considering they are debutant producers too? “It’s not,” retorts Mirza, pointing out that few directors are writers and a good film needs an engaging script. “Sahil gave Zayed and me a joint narration and we loved the story.
We were planning to take it to another producer but then decided to produce it ourselves. We believe in him and the idea is to give a chance to young talent. I had no idea I was going into produce a film someday or even become an actor. I was a nobody,” she reasons.
Khan, she insists, makes a perfect partner who balances her out. “We haven’t set any demarcated roles for ourselves. We are both passionate, involved and for the last six months, have been trying to rope in the right professionals who can get the job done smoothly for us,” she points out. “Zayed is like family and you trust family, right?”
Will the cast be headed by Khan and her? “The idea is to make good films and not be a part of every film we do. But we’ll definitely be a part of our first production,” she concedes.
Meanwhile, Mirza has a couple of films that have been stuck for a while. This includes Johnny Mastana, earlier titled Shoe Bite, with Amitabh Bachchan in the lead. “It’s heartbreaking that such an evolved film has been grounded. The only hope is that it’s such a contemporary film that even if it were released three years from now, it would be oven fresh,” she smiles.
Another magical journey was Sanjay Gupta’s Alibaug in which she plays a Bohemian connected to the earth. “Mr Dutt (Sanjay) stepped out, Irrfan (Khan) stepped in, now it’s grounded. Sad! I even learnt pottery for it,” she sighs.
And is she going to be in good friend Arshad Warsi’s directorial debut Akad? “Is he directing a film?” she asks. “I had no idea. I’ll call him and ask for a role,” she signs off.