Diya Mirza has super-blast in her first comedy

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By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Feb 16 (IANS) Diya Mirza is all set to change her prim image. She is acting in a comedy, "Fruit & Nut", directed by television's funny man Kunal Vijaykar.

She giggles: "It's meant to be a comedy. But it's an absolute horror because someone as wacky as Kunal is directing it. Boman Irani and Cyrus Broacha woo me in the movie. Can you imagine! I'm having a super-blast. It's my first full-fledged comedy. And it also involves a lot of physical comedy, which I've never done. It has been challenging, and finally a lot of fun to just let go. The smallest of actors in 'Fruit & Nut' are seasoned troupers, so I am constantly on my toes."

Diya says she's tired of being asked why the 'big chance' eludes her. "How can I answer that? For some people, it happens quickly. For others it takes time. I'm lucky to be getting roles in spite of so many unsuccessful films. I'm still getting offers from people like Naseeruddin Shah and Shojeet Sircar, who is making a movie with Amitabh Bachchan. The fact that someone like Naseer thinks of casting me is a big compliment to me."

Diya sees 2008 as a huge turning point in her career. "The line-up of films is versatile. And there're going to be many more lead parts. I think I am going to take giant steps this year. Even in a crazy film like "Cash", I carried myself with dignity."

She has several films in the pipeline. "I'm part of Rakesh Roshan's "Krazzy 4" though I'm one of the sane members of the cast. That's sad because I'd have happily played one of the nuts. It's been good fun because I got to work with artistes I've always admired like Irrfan Khan, Arshad Warsi and Juhi Chawla. I adore Juhi, to be working with her is like a dream come true."

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