Dia Mirza (right), who met Halle Berry at an event in Mumbai recently, says she talked about the common choices she shares with the Academy Award-winning actress. (Dia Mirza/Twitter photo)

MUMBAI—Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry recently flew down to Mumbai to attend a private event at a suburban hotel, where she met Bollywood actress Dia Mirza. Mirza and Berry spent some quality time together at the event where the two women, according to the buzz, talked about climate change, pay parity, children and a lot more.

Mirza, who is a big fan of Berry and her work, said that while watching Berry’s famous “Monster Ball,” she had never imagined that she would be sharing a platform with the actress.

“She won a beauty pageant, found her way into films and subsequently started producing them. Ditto for me, so there was this bond of common choices between us, as also a shared love for the environment and nature, which was our main topic of discussion. Halle was effusive, warm and wonderfully responsive,” Mirza stated.

Mirza also revealed that Berry has been a fan of Indian cinema and even talked about a few Hindi films that she has watched. She added, “The conversation turned to movies when we were talking about pay parity and gender inequality. With Hollywood actresses bringing up the issue of pay parity, she wanted to know how our film industry functions and what role women play in changing things here. I told her that like women there, we too are learning to say ‘No’ because we know we deserve better. We are also pushing the envelope and going beyond acting to writing, directing and producing.”

Giving us a glimpse of their conversation about stereotypes, she added, “In the early part of my career, I had to work really hard to get people to accept that there was more to me than the way I look. Halle admitted that’s exactly how it had been with her too. While it’s a blessing to look good, it’s also easy for someone to put you in a box."

Mirza concluded, “Halle has fallen in love with India, and I am pretty sure she will be back soon.”

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