"Heroines have always been an essential part of films but their portrayal in cinema is not a much explored subject. Actresses are added primarily for glamour quotient," she said. (Agencies)
"Women-dominated films have a long history in Bollywood, but 'Bobby Jasoos', a spy-thriller centred around a female detective (Vidya Balan), attempts to break into a domain until now largely occupied by male actors," she said.
The first look of Vidya, dressed as a male beggar with beard and ragged hair, and unveiled a few weeks ago caught everyone's attention.
"I am very excited about 'Bobby Jasoos' as a lover of cinema, as a maker of cinema and as an audience. The manner in which we have approached and viewed women-centric subjects is tilted only in one direction - they are gritty, deep, dark and intense," Dia said.
"What is now refreshing is our story tellers are beginning to believe and execute women stories that are not what we think or perceive women subjects to be like. They are wholesome entertainers for everyone to see," she said.
Dia hoped `Bobby Jasoos', slated for release later this year, gets thumps up from people.
"I hope 'Bobby Jasoos' is loved by men as much as women. We have made this film for everybody. It is not a film for women alone or women power."
The film, directed by Samar Shaikh, has been produced under the banner of Born Free Entertainment, co-owned by the former beauty queen and her beau Sahil Sangha.
"Heroines have always been an essential part of films but their portrayal in cinema is not a much explored subject. Actresses are added primarily for glamour quotient," she said.