Courtesy : Dia Mirza
Actress Dia Mirza has been very vocal about climate change and is also an active social worker. She recently attended the Jaipur Literature Festival, wherein she broke down while talking about climate change.
A video has been circulating online that sees the actress weeping, and when she was asked why she cried during the fest, she shared that it was basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s death which made her emotional. “My day started really well yesterday (January 26). At around 3 (early morning), 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. It really upset me. There are different things that upset us on different days, but we take care of ourselves. I was overwhelmed because my blood pressure was low,” she stated.
However, her emotional vent did not impress many on the Internet, who called her names like “Dramebaaz” and “Sasti Greta Thunberg” on social media.
Dia was trolled mercilessly, to which she replied: “Its called having a heart. Try it sometime. It makes you a part of the solution. #ClimateAction #ClimateEmergency.”
“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 is good...it gives us strength...this is not a performance,” she wrote in another tweet.
Dia was also compared to teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg. “Meet Dia Mirza - Our Desi Sasti Greta Thunberg,” a user tweeted, while another wrote: “She should stuff her nostrils with wet cotton for five minutes. The earth could do with five minutes more oxygen.”
On the other hand, one user also lauded the actress for her work towards environment care, to which Dia replied thanking him, as she wrote on Twitter: “I have never been afraid of expressing myself honestly and i hope everyone feels the full extent of what #ClimateChange is doing to people and planet. Solutions exist and we must acknowledge the problem so we can fix it.”