Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza (born 9 December 1981) is an Indian model, actress, producer, social worker and beauty queen who won the Miss Asia Pacific 2000 title. She made her acting debut with Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001). She subsequently featured in films including Dus (2005), Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006) and Sanju (2018).

Birth nameDia Handrich
ProfessionActress, Model, Film Producer & Social Activist
Physical Stats & More
Heightin centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 6”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutBollywood Film: Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001)as 'Reena Malhotra'
Bengali Film: Paanch Adhyay (2012)
TV: Ganga - The Soul of India (2016)
Web Series: Kaafir (2019)
As a Producer: Love Breakups Zindagi (2011)
Awards, Honours, Achievements• 2020: Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival - Award for Best actress for the web series “Kaafir”
• 2019: Filmfare Glamour & Style Awards for Woman of Style & Substance
• 2019: IWM Digital Awards - Best actor female (critics) for the web series “Kaafir”
• 2017: The ‘Valerian of Environmental Issues’ by the makers of the film “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”
• 2016: Rotary Awards - The Woman of Substance
• 2016: Femina Miss India - Ms. Eternal Beauty
• 2011: Women’s Achievement Award
• 2011: Green Globe Honor for Extraordinary Work by a Public Figure
• 2005: Great Women Achiever Award for Beauty
Personal Life
Date of Birth9 December 1981 (Wednesday)
Age (as in 2019)39 Years
BirthplaceHyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Zodiac signSaggitarius
SignatureDia Mirza signature
HometownHyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
School• Vidyaranya High School, Hyderabad
• Nasr School, Hyderabad
• Stanley Girls High School, Hyderabad
College/UniversityAmbedkar Open University, Hyderabad
Educational QualificationBachelor of Arts from Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad
ReligionHer father was a German Catholic, her mother is a Bengali, and her step-father is a Dakhini Muslim. Despite these factors, she follows Hinduism.
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
HobbiesCooking, Reading, Doing Photography & Travelling
Tattoo(s)'Aazad' imbibed on the wrist of her left hand
• In 2006, after Dia, along with Aamir Khan, took a stand against the Sardar Sarovar Project, BJP workers, led by Mayor Dhansukh Bhandari organized a protest against the actors for their ‘anti-dam statements.’ [3]
•In February 2015, a war of words erupted between Dia Mirza and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi over the issue of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remark that conversion to Christianity was the main reason behind Mother Teresa's service to the poor people. [4]
• In 2016, in context with the water shortage in Maharashtra, Dia tweeted,
The irony of the times we live in: farmers commit suicide due to drought and people waste water to ‘play’ #Holi. Go ahead call me anti-Hindu.
However, she had to go through the detestation of the people. Later, she had to apologize; clarifying her stance, she said, [5]
As a citizen of India, I have an equal respect for all religions, festivals and customs that are celebrated in our country. It has never been my intention to hurt the sentiments of any individual or community. If in the event that my tweet has done so, I apologize unequivocally. “That said, the fact remains that various parts of our country are experiencing a severe water shortage. According to a report I read in April last year, the drought in Maharashtra has hit over 90 lakh farmers and counting. In October last year, the Maharashtra government officially declared a ‘drought-like condition’ in 14,708 of the state’s 43,000 villages.
• In 2019, during the ongoing CAA protest in India, Dia Mirza expressed her views on the subject and said,
My mother is a Hindu, my biological father was a Christian, my adopted father – a Muslim. In all official documents, my religion status stays blank. Does religion determine I am an Indian? It never did and I hope it never does. #OneIndia #India
However, this did not go well with the netizens, and they lashed out at her; claiming that she didn’t have any knowledge of the act and was trying to act smart. [6]
Relationships & More
Marital StatusDivorced
Affairs/Boyfriends• Salman Khan (rumoured)
• Vashu Bhagnani (Film Producer; rumoured)
• Kunal Kapoor (rumoured)
• Bunty Sachdeva (Musician)
• Sahil Sangha
• Mohit Raina (rumoured)
Marriage Date18-Oct-14
Marriage PlaceHer husband's farmhouse in Chattarpur, Delhi
Husband/SpouseSahil Sangha (m.2014-d.2019)
ParentsFather- Frank Handrich (Graphics and Industrial Fair Designer, Architect, Artist, and Interior Designer based in Munich)
Step-father- Ahmed Mirza (died in 2003)
Mother- Deepa Mirza (Interior designer, Landscaper)
Favourite Things
FoodHyderabadi Biryani, Nihari, Khatti Daal, Kheema
CuisinesPunjabi, Hyderabadi, European, Italian, Thai
Book(s)“The Silk Roads: A New History of the World” by Peter Frankopan, “A New Earth: Create a Better Life” by Eckhart Tolle, “The Faraway Tree” by Enid Blyton, “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd, “The Motorcycle Diaries” by Che Guevara
ActorAmitabh Bachchan
Travel Destination(s)Machu Picchu in Peru, Leh, Cambodia, Africa
Style Quotient
Car Collection• Lexus LX

Some Lesser Known Facts About Dia Mirza

  • Dia was born to Frank Handrich, a German Catholic, and Deepa, a Bengali Hindu. When Dia was four-and-a-half years old, her parents got divorced, and her mother got remarried to Ahmed Mirza, a Dakhini Muslim from Hyderabad. Dia took her step father’s surname. She is the only child of her parents.
  • While studying in school, she worked as a marketing executive for a multimedia firm, Neeraj’s Multi-media Studio and earned a monthly salary of Rs. 5000. At the same time, she worked as a model for brands like Lipton, Wall’s ice cream, and Emami.
  • When she had just finished her schooling, she got a call from one of her family friends, (who worked at the Times of India office in Hyderabad) who told Dia about the Miss India contest. She sent her portfolio and was selected for the contest.
  • Her mother was against Dia participating in the Miss India contest because she wanted Dia to study in a law school in Bangalore. However, her step-father convinced her mother to let her participate in the contest.
  • In 2000, she became the second runner up at the pageant, Femina Miss India. She also won the title of Miss Beautiful Smile, Miss Avon, and Miss Close-Up Smile at the pageant.
  • Later, she was sent to Miss Asia Pacific, where she won the pageant and brought India its third win in the international beauty pageants in the year 2000 (Lara Dutta won Miss Universe, and Priyanka Chopra won Miss World).
  • In 2000, she first appeared in Babul Supriyo and Alka Yagnik‘s song ‘Khoya Khoya Chand’, opposite Akashdeep Saigal.
  • After making her acting debut with the 2001 film “Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein,” she acted in many box office hits such as, Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge (2002), Dum (2003), Tumsa Nahin Dekha – A Love Story (2004), Parineeta (2005), Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006), Salam Mumbai (2016), and Sanju (2018).
  • In 2000, she also appeared in the Tamil film “En Swasa Kaatre.”
  • She co-owned a production called “Born Free Entertainment” with her ex-husband, Sahil Sangha. Films like, Love Breakups Zindagi (2011) and Bobby Jasoos (2014), and the web series, Mind the Malhotras (2019) were produced under the banner. After getting divorced from her husband, she launched her production house “One India Stories” in December 2019.
  • Over the years, Dia has evolved as a social activist; fighting for various social causes. She has been involved Cancer Patients Aid Association, Spastics Society of India, PETA, CRY, and NDTV Greenathon and has worked with the government of Andhra Pradesh to spread awareness about HIV and prevention of female foeticide.

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