Dia Mirza: It bothers me when identities are viewed through a religious lens

It’s not just heartbreaking, it’s deeply agonising.”

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The actor recalls how she was invited by the Indian army two years ago to Baramulla and what she saw there troubles her even today. 0
Comment(s) “When the army officer asked me when would I like to come back, I said ‘I hope when I return these windows and doors are open’. We won’t think twice before opening our windows but these people can’t do that. “Prejudices and labels limit us. This is what it means to live in conflict.”


Kaafir, written by Bhavani Iyer and directed by Sonam Nair, is set to stream from June 15. “Everytime, I looked outside the window, I saw the most pristine environment, beautiful mountains that surrounded us. This is why we tell stories. We aren’t born with any understanding of what faith, religion, community or country we belong to. The series revolves around the relationship between the woman, who is accused of militancy, and her Indian lawyer (Mohit Raina) who makes her justice his sole objective. Popular Photos

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“Doing the show has been truly empowering. But the windows of the people who lived there were shut. If you go back to history, every time human beings have moved towards majoritarianism, they have gone away from inclusivity and they have suffered. The actor said those who propagate singular ideologies are the ones “who want to control us.”


“People want to control us by driving or re-enforcing fear. “While my character may belong to Pakistan and Mohit’s may belong to India, I don’t think we are limited to these demarcations. It’s done in a manner that is inclusive. We are taught prejudices which have done nothing but harm us. The only thing which can free us from this fear is art. This is why art exists. We need to unlearn all of them,” she said. “We speak of peace, opportunity, equality and then you see what happens on the other end, where regions are torn and ravaged over a period of time. It bothers me when identities are viewed through a religious lens. Advertising

The actor, who was born to a Christian father, a Bengali mother and raised in a Muslim home, says her identity has never been limited to religion, culture, caste or community. They have suffered at the hands of fear,” Dia told PTI. That’s the most powerful thing about ‘Kaafir. People in any part of the world will resonate with these characters.”
When asked what was her understanding of the politics and conflict of Jammu and Kashmir, the actor said such conflicts serve as a reminder of how humanity has failed the region. It is actually with a great sense of urgency that we told this story. Dia will be next seen on ZEE5’s Kashmir-set web series Kaafir, which chronicles the life of a young Pakistani woman (Dia) who comes to India through a strange series of circumstances and is unable to return home. “That have robbed children of their childhood, youth of the opportunities and have deprived them of basic human right. “My identity has always been of a citizen of this planet and a human being. We tell stories to evoke human empathy, compassion and to navigate human compass.