Dia Mirza says, ‘People Still Identify With ‘Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein,’ And It Has Become A Cult Film
The film ‘Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein’ that commemorated actress Dia Mirza’s debut in the film industry completes 20 years. Today as her debut film ‘Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein’ completes 20 years, she goes into nostalgia mode.
She looks back at her debut, many recalls come rushing back, “‘Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein’ has been a huge learning for me and I have been fortunate enough to be a part of it. The movie has gone on to become a cult film. Its songs are still danced on to and are so popular.
“The 20 years of being an artist for the Hindi film industry have taught me the importance of remaining grounded, having humility, growing as an individual, learning and giving back authenticity and real-life experiences to the craft and to all the characters one can play,” she added.
“Every year around this time, I remember the moments I spent on the sets of ‘Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein’. This film was my introduction to a new creative journey and also to the industry. I am very grateful that both the film and the people I worked with made me believe that I had chosen the right path. Even though I was a young girl who had not even traveled abroad before venturing out to win the Miss Asia Pacific Crown, this film and its cast and crew, made me feel that I belonged,” says Dia Mirza.
The character of Reena Malhotra also remains a personal favorite because Dia identified with her innate poise and dignity. She says, ”Two decades before the kind of gender lens that we apply to female characters now. This girl knew how to stand her ground and refused to be intimidated or bullied. And of course, the film’s music was and is so soul-filling. I guess, so many fans look back at this film with nostalgia because we are no longer making musical love stories. ‘Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein’, its songs and dialogues take people back to a sweeter, simpler era. That I guess explains the lasting appeal of the film.”
Over the past 20 years, the film has garnered unbelievable love and Dia says it is always extremely gratifying to meet people who have their own RHTDM story to share with her. People even continue to enjoy the music from the film. “Watching videos of people singing, dancing, and performing the songs of ‘Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein’ makes us feel like the movie was released yesterday. What a privilege for an actor to be a part of this kind of love,” Dia Mirza said.