EXCLUSIVE! “Kaafir Is A Story That Really Rankled My Heart,” Says Dia Mirza

"Within 10 minutes of reading just the story outline, I was like, “I am doing this,” says Dia who makes her digital debut with ZEE5 original Kaafir.

Dia Mirza as Kainaaz in a still from Kaafir

Actress Dia Mirza makes her digital debut with ZEE5 original series Kaafir. She plays the role of a Pakistani girl Kainaaz in the web show. Directed by Sonam Nair, the series has been written by Indian screenwriter Bhavani Iyer and produced by Siddharth Malhotra and Sapna Malhotra. Set in Kashmir, Kaafir also marks the debut of Uri: The Surgical Strike actor Mohit Raina in the web universe as journalist/lawyer Vedant Rathod. In an exclusive interview, Dia opened up about what made her choose Kaafir as her maiden web venture.

Speaking on what attracted her to Kaafir and her role of Kainaaz she said, “It is based on true events. It is a deeply inspiring human story. It’s a story that really rankled my heart. The character, because, it is set in such a real situation. It is one that experiences extreme social and life circumstances and thereby allowing me as a performer, as an artist to reach out to levels of empathy that I think is most satisfying as a creative person. They take you to places you really haven’t been before. They thereby give you the opportunity to learn and grow.”

Dia Mirza as Kainaaz in a still from Kaafir series
Dia Mirza in a still from Kaafir (Source: ZEE5)

She further added, “Bhavani has written this story so sensitively, so skilfully, so organically, it is one of the most non-manipulative narratives I have read. The narrative really touches your core as a human being. The themes within the show are so powerful and beyond us. These are themes I think any human being who is a caring and thoughtful person would recognize, connect and would want to support. These are the primary reasons why I chose to do Kaafir.”

“Within just 10 minutes of reading the story outline itself, I was like, “I am on, I am doing this.” Then of course when I read the script in its detailed, narrative format, I was so happy a wonderful human being like Bhavani has written it. To be able to achieve this level of gravitas, to be able to achieve that level of humanity you need to be that person first. So it is really really great that she has written this!” said the 38-year-old.

Kaafir premiers on ZEE5 on 15 June 2019! Stay tuned for more updates about the ZEE5 original series.

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