|Beauty pageant titleholder|
Dia Mirza at the NDTV Marks for Sports event, July 2012.
9 December 1981
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Occupation||Actress, model, Film Producer|
|Title(s)||Femina Miss India Asia Pacific 2000
Miss Asia Pacific 2000
|Femina Miss India Asia Pacific 2000
(Miss Beautuful Smile)
Miss Asia Pacific 2000
(Miss Close-Up Smile)
Dia Mirza, (born as Dia Handrich on 9 December 1981) is an Indian model, actress and Former Miss Asia Pacific International who appears in Bollywood films. Dia is known in media for her Social work. Mirza co-owns a production house Born Free Entertainment along with Sahil Sangha. Their first film, Love Breakups Zindagi, made under the banner was released on 7 October 2011.
Personal life and education
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Dia Mirza was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Her father, Frank Handrich, was a German graphic and industrial fair designer, architect, artist and interior designer from Munich and her mother, Deepa is a Bengali Hindu who is an interior designer, landscaper and currently does social work as a volunteer to help alcoholics and addicts. They separated when she was six years old. Her father died when she was nine and her mother married Ahmed Mirza, who died in 2004. She adopted her stepfather's surname and has recently adopted the last name of her birth-father, becoming Dia Mirza Handrich.
When living in Khairatabad, Hyderabad district, she attended Vidyaranya High School for Boys and Girls, a school partly based on the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti, and later Nasr School, in Khairtabad. She attended Stanley Junior College and completed her graduation in Bachelors of Arts from Andhra Pradesh Open University, Hyderabad.
Dia Mirza worked when still in college as a Marketing executive for a media firm. At the same time she modeled for print and TV commercials for brands like Lipton, Walls Ice Cream, Emami and many more. She won Miss Asia Pacific in the year 2000. She debuted through 'Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein' which could not do well at Box Office. Then she appeared in various movies like 'Dum', 'Deewanapan', 'Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge', 'Tumsa Nahin Dekha - A Love Story', 'Parineeta', 'Dus', 'Lage Raho Munnabhai' etc. She did not see much success as an Actress. But she has garnered a lot of praise for her social work. She has also got an IIFA 2012 Green Award for her contribution towards green environment. She has done various awareness campaigns on prevention of female feticide, HIV awareness, the Cancer Patients Aid Association, PETA, ADAPT, CRY. She also publicly supported the Naramada Bachao Andolan. She has also written articles for Hindustan Times and other publications.
Dia started working at the age of 16 years while continuing her college education. She worked as a marketing executive in a multi-media firm called Dr. Neeraj’s Multi media studio. She simultaneously modelled for the print and television advertisement campaigns of various brands such as Walls, Lipton, Emami etc. Mirza wanted to complete her graduation in Arts by correspondence, but decided to postpone it as it was becoming difficult to juggle between the Miss Asia Pacific competition, modeling assignments, travelling and training. She could not complete her graduation due to being busy at work.
Miss Asia Pacific
Dia Mirza was a second runner up at Femina Miss India, 2000 and was subsequently sent to Miss Asia Pacific, where she won. When she won the Miss Asia Pacific title on 3 December 2000 in Manila, Philippines, she became the first Indian contestant to win this title in 29 years. She completed the hat-trick of India winning international pageants in the year 2000; Lara Dutta won the Miss Universe title and Priyanka Chopra won the Miss World title in the same year. The win came to her as a golden opportunity and opened the doors of Bollywood for her.
Dia Mirza made her cinematic debut with Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein opposite R. Madhavan, which is still remembered as one of the most romantic movies of all time. Later, she appeared in Parineeta, a Vidhu Vinod Chopra production. After her acting skills bagged limelight, she became a part of some of the biggest blockbusters. In 2012, Mirza tried her luck into regional cinema with Bengali Filmmaker Pratim Dasgupta's Paanch Adhyay. The movie turned out to be a success and was also selected by various Film Festivals within India and across the world.
She also appeared in the films Dus and Fight Club. She was the only female actor among the six key characters in the film, Acid Factory in which she played a femme fatale who is also a gangster but the film was a failure. Dia will next be featuring in 'Johny Mastana', 'Bits and pieces', 'Kayanat', 'Bidhaatar lekha'
Dia Mirza has been involved with Cancer Patients Aid Association, Spastics Society of India, and has worked extensively with government of Andhra Pradesh to spread HIV awareness, prevention of female foeticide, PETA, CRY and most recently the NDTV Greenathon – an effort to find tangible solutions against pollution and book, "Deke Dheko" by Radio Mirchi (a campaign initiated to collect books for underprivileged children). Her other hobbies include writing, reading, painting, pottery, horse riding and theater. She has written several articles for the Hindustan Times and various other publications as a guest writer. She is on the board of the Coca Cola foundation that works towards development in rural India. She recently adopted two cheetah cubs at the Prince of Wales zoological park in Lucknow.
Dia Mirza has been actively involved in addressing social issues and has been a part of various campaigns. The actress is an active member of Cancer Patients Aid Association, PETA, Child Rights and You (CRY), ADAPT, Greenpeace India, and the Coca Cola foundation. She is also associated with campaigns such as Sanctuary Asia's Leave Me Alone and Female Foeticide.
Dia Mirza, along with Aamir Khan publicly expressed support for the Narmada Bachao Andolan, a group protesting the building of a dam. This aroused the ire of political activists from the Bharatiya Janata Party, who led a protest march against the actress. Dia also won the Green Award at IIFA 2012 for spreading awareness about environment-related issues.
Along with these, Mirza has endorsed for The Body Shop for their stand on the ban on animal testing and propagation of recycled packaging and natural products. Also, she is the Eco Ambassador for Panasonic. Dia Mirza has been facilitated at various award functions for her active involvement in the Social and Enviornmental Issues
- Winner, Zee Cine Awards for Best Debut : Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein
- Winner, Best Debut Newcomer in New York
- Nominated, Screen Awards for Most Promising Female Newcomer : Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein
- Nominated, Screen Awards for Most Promising Female Newcomer : Deewaanapan
- Nominated, Popular Award for the Best Debut (Female) : Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein
- Winner, Green Globe Honor for Extraordinary Work by a Public Figure
- Winner, Women's Achievement Award
- Winner, The Jaipur International Film Festival for Best Actress award : Paanch Adhyay
- Winner, IIFA Green Award for Contribution Towards a Greener Environment
- Winner, The Sixth Geospa Asiaspa India Awards for Eco Crusader Of The Year
|2001||Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein||Reena Malhotra||Lead Role|
|Deewaanapan||Kiran Choudhary||Lead Role|
|2002||Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge||Muskaan||Lead Role|
|Tehzeeb||Nazneen Jamal||Supporting Role|
|2003||Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye||Saundarya||Lead Role|
|2004||Tumsa Nahin Dekha||Jia Khan||Lead Role|
|Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na||Preeti||Special Appearance|
|Naam Gum Jaayega||Natasha/Gitanjali||Lead Role|
|My Brother… Nikhil||Special Appearance|
|Blackmail||Mrs. Rathod||Special Appearance|
|Dus||Anu Dheer||Lead Role|
|Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai||Simran||Lead Role|
|Fight Club - Members Only||Anu Chopra||Supporting Role|
|Phir Hera Pheri||Item number (song)|
|2006||Alag||Purva Rana||Lead Role|
|Lage Raho Munna Bhai||Simran||Supporting Role|
|Prateeksha||Reena Brown||Lead Role (TV Release)|
|2007||Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.||Shilpa||Lead Role|
|Shootout at Lokhandwala||Mita Matu||Supporting Role|
|Heyy Babyy||Herself||Special Appearance in a Song|
|Om Shanti Om||Herself||Special Appearance|
|Dus Kahaniyaan||Sia||Lead Role|
|2008||Krazzy 4||Shikha||Supporting Role|
|Jai Veeru||Anna||Lead Role|
|Acid Factory||Max||Lead Role|
|Fruit and Nut||Monica Gokhale||Lead Role|
|Kurbaan||Rehana (WIACB reporter)||Special Appearance|
|Luck By Chance||Herself||Special Appearance|
|2010||Hum Tum Aur Ghost||Gehna||Lead Role|
|2011||Love Breakups Zindagi||Naina||Lead Role|
|2012||Paanch Adhyay||Ishita||Dia's 1st Bengali Film Lead Role|
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- "I am a femme fatale who is also a gangster".
- "I adopt anywhere between two to four cancer patients every year".
- "Actress Dia Mirza adopts leopard cubs". The Times Of India. 13 April 2010.
- "BJP blasts Dia Mirza for anti-dam stand". http://www.rediff.com/. Retrieved 24 May 2006.
- "Dia Mirza appointed Body Shop’s brand ambassador". The Navhind Times.
- "Dia Mirza’s Look at the Launch of Panasonic campaign, ‘Celebrations for Life’". Glamcheck.
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