Bollywood actress Dia Mirza last appeared in 2018's Sanju for which she garnered a lot of praise. Now, the star is all set to appear on a webseries directed by Sonam Nair, titled Kaafir. Dia will be essaying the role of a Pakistani mother named Kainaaz, who has crossed over to India under mysterious circumstances along with her daughter. Taken in as a prisoner, she gets help from a journalist-cum-lawyer played by Mohit Raina, who makes her justice his sole objective.
While speaking at a special event of the series last week, Dia was questioned about the tensions that currently exist between India and Pakistan, and the ban on artists from across the border. She said, "Art always suffers at the hands of fear. But also, art is always ignited and refueled because of fear. I believe that these prejudices that are being imposed on us not just take us away from our neighbours, they take us away from ourselves. When we deny ourselves the opportunity to communicate and exchange hope and love, we are only expressing to the world how fearful we are."
She added, "I was born to a Bengali mother and a Christian father and was raised in a Muslim home. I started going to school like every child. When they used to ask me what are you, I did not know what to say. I went back home and asked my mother, ‘What am I?’ She looked at me and smiled and said ‘I am hoping you are a good human being in the making.’ You first religion is humanity. This is what I learned in my life. I consider myself privileged and honoured to be a part of a story that has made me a better human being."
Speaking of Kaafir, Dia explained, "Without revealing too much, I can tell you that it is based on true events. It is the most compelling, heart-rending and beautiful story I have ever heard. I feel extremely lucky to play Kainaaz. The character and the places that it goes, I haven’t done that before."
Shedding more light on the complexity of her character, the 37-year-old actress shared, "I have not come out of the character yet. There have been so many scenes where even the camera had stop rolling, we were in. When I read the script, the only thing that I was conscious of and worked hard on was to become Kainaaz. I didn’t want to act. This story has empowered me unlike any other. The story just makes you feel."
Written by Bhavani Iyer, Kaafir will premiere on ZEE5 on June 15.