At a recent event about climate change at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2020, Bollywood actor Dia Mirza couldn’t hold back her tears while she spoke about the deteriorating climate. Mirza broke down suddenly and started crying profusely. Talking about her meltdown, Mirza explained, “Don’t hold back from being an ‘empath’. Don’t be afraid of shedding your tears. Feel it. Feel the full extent of everything. It gives us strength. It does. This is not a performance.”
When Dia Mirza was offered a piece of tissue paper to wipe her tears, she refused to accept the paper.
When asked why did she break down, Dia Mirza, shared, “My day started really well yesterday. But then, this news alert came on my phone for a very big player, NBA player, who I followed for a while. His chopper crashing in California disturbed me. Some great people and species are being lost in this world. It pains, frightens and intimidates us. There are different things that upset us on different days, but we do take care of ourselves. I was overwhelmed because my blood pressure was low.”
Mirza who was last seen in Zee5’s Kaafir was talking about the sudden demise of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year old daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant. The two were among the nine people who got killed in a helicopter crash in the hills above Calabasas.
However, Dia’s words did not go down well with a section of netizens. They even trolled her by comparing her to teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg. “Meet Dia Mirza – Our Desi Sasti Greta Thunberg,” a user tweeted. Another one commented: “She should stuff her nostrils with wet cotton for five minutes. The earth could do with five minutes more oxygen.” One user even called her “dramebaaz”. Not only this, a slew of Twitter users reminded her how the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board had reportedly issued a red notice on her for not paying water taxes of Rs 2.26 lakh a few years ago.