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Dia Mirza doesn't want to get stressed about Sanjay Dutt biopic

The actress-producer is excited to work with Rajkumar Hirani and will be seen playing the role of Dutt's wife Manyata in the biopic.

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Actress-producer Dia Mirza is excited to work on Rajkumar Hirani's yet untitled Sanjay Dutt biopic, but doesn't want to take stress by thinking how it will take her "career as an actor in a new direction".

Mirza will be seen playing the role of Dutt's wife Manyata in the biopic. "I'm very very excited about the Dutt biopic and my work in it. I don't want to put too much pressure on myself by thinking about the fact that it might take my career as an actor in a new direction," Mirza told the IANS news agency.

The biopic features Ranbir Kapoor as the protagonist. It also stars Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Karishma Tanna, Vicky Kaushal and Jim Sarbh.

The film, written and directed by Hirani, will be opening up facets of Sanjay Dutt's personal as well as public life on the big screen.

After winning the Miss Asia Pacific 2000 title, Dia Mirza made her Hindi film debut in 2001 with the film Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein.

Despite making a successful debut, she could not sustain her run in the Hindi film industry. She featured in films like Deewaanapan (2001), Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge (2002), Dum (2003) and Kurbaan (2009) which bombed at the box office.

Apart from acting, Mirza has stepped into the filmmaking business. She co-owns a production house, Born Free Entertainment, with husband Sahil Sangha. Her last production venture was Bobby Jasoos in 2014.

The actress hopes to evolve as an artiste and a producer with each project. "As an actor and a producer, I hope I can continue to evolve, grow and contribute," she said. "That's my primary focus... to just keep making better choices, keep learning and growing."

Mirza is also known for her philanthropic activities. She has been appointed the UN Environment Programme's goodwill ambassador for India.

Talking about her passions, she said: "I have a very privileged kind of life that allows me to pursue my passions in various dimensions, be it film production or acting in films or hosting shows...

"My work as an ambassador for the United Nations and the Wildlife Trust of India, the work that I do with the Sanctuary Nature Foundation and Save The Children, these are all integral aspects of who I am."