Bollywood actor-producer Dia Mirza believes that since cinema transcends culture and has the power to facilitate better communication, it can be used to empower all individuals. She hopes women continue to spread their wings across all fields.
"Indian women have come a long way. They feature on power lists in the corporate world, they hold highest positions in government, they are emerging as leaders in many fields. There is still much to be done, but I think the fact that we have enough examples of such women indicates that the Indian woman's presence will continue to grow on the global platform," Dia said during a recent interaction.
As a working, independent woman herself, the 31-year-old believes she is "inherently" a part of driving social change for females.
"If my example can provide direction, a sense of faith and encourage more women to find their independence then I'm on the right path. I take part in many initiatives that encourage women's leadership," she added.
The former Miss Asia-Pacific shared her views during a chat for Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) Women's Day celebration at British Columbia earlier this week. She feels such events can help in bringing positive change.
"Cinema as we know draws attention. If this attention can be channelised and used to empower individuals, then it must be done. I think gender equality and women's empowerment is topic that needs much attention and I am glad TOIFA is using their platform to highlight pertinent issues," she said.
TOIFA will be held in Vancouver in April.
What benefits do you see Bollywood having by bringing TOIFA awards to Vancouver?
"The greatest benefit is the exchange of culture. Cinema has no borders and it is one of the most powerful tools of communication and expression. People coming together, celebrating cinema always encourages growth, well-being and elevates the human spirit," she said.