Dia Mirza’s short film Gray for Chicago South Asian Film Festival

Dia Mirza with the team of Gray. Photo: Stuido Talk

Actress Dia Mirza, who completes 20 years in film, is also a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador and a UN Advocate for Sustainable Development Goals. Gray—a short film in which Dia Mirza has worked, recently got selected at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival.

“This is a very important film and I am glad, it is going places,” says Dia. Having just wrapped up the Tarun Dudeja directorial Dhak Dhak, a road movie that saw her ride from Delhi to Khardung-La, the world’s highest motorable pass, Dia says, “I want to do cinema that has something to say, reflects the times we are living in and initiates important conversations. Gray is one such film and a lot of love, thought and care has been invested in it. I am glad that it is going places.”

The Sakshi Gurnani directorial also stars Shreya Dhanwanthary and Chaitanya Sharma, and is about a 20-something girl whose best friend violates the boundaries of her consent. Dia says, “Despite all the information that we have today, consent remains a gray and contentious area because we don’t listen to women. Consent as a theme remains largely unaddressed in cinema and this film explores it with depth, sensitivity and insight. I play a therapist, who helps a survivor to process her feelings about what has happened to her and as an actor and a woman, I am glad that now many more people will see the film that we feel so strongly about.”

The Chicago South Asian Film Festival will take place from September 22 to September 25.



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