|Beauty pageant titleholder|
Mirza in 2016
9 December 1981 
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Occupation||Model, actor, film producer|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Title(s)||Miss Asia Pacific 2000
Femina Miss India Asia Pacific 2000
|Femina Miss India 2000
(Femina Miss India Asia Pacific 2000)
(Miss Beautiful Smile)
Miss Asia Pacific 2000
(Miss Close-Up Smile)
|Spouse||Sahil Sangha (m. 2014)|
Dia Mirza Sangha (born Dia Handrich on 9 December 1981) is an Indian model, actress and producer, who won the Miss Asia Pacific 2000 title. Mirza has primarily worked in Bollywood and is known in media for her social work. She co-owns a production house Born Free Entertainment with Sahil Sangha. Their first film, Love Breakups Zindagi, made under the banner was released on 7 October 2011.
Personal life and education
Mirza was born in India. Her father, Frank Handrich, was a German Christian graphic and industrial fair designer, architect, artist and interior designer from Munich. 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 Dia was four and a half years old and both remarried. Her father died when she was nine and her mother after their divorce had married Ahmed Mirza, a Hyderabadi Muslim, who himself died in 2003.
When living in Khairatabad, Hyderabad city, 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 Bachelor of Arts from Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad.
In April 2014, she got engaged to her longtime business partner Sahil Sangha. Mirza and Sangha got married on 18 October 2014 at New Delhi's Chattarpur farm.
Dia Mirza worked while in college as a marketing executive for a media firm, Neeraj's Multi-media Studio. At the same time she modeled for print and TV commercials for brands like Lipton, Wall's ice cream, Emami and many more. She won Miss Asia Pacific in 2000.
Mirza wanted to complete her graduation in Arts by correspondence but postponed it as it was becoming difficult to juggle between the Miss Asia Pacific competition, modelling assignments, travelling and training. She could not complete her graduation due to being busy at work. She studied at NYU.
She debuted through Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein which could not do well at the box office. Then she appeared in movies like Dum, Deewanapan, Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge, Tumsa Nahin Dekha – A Love Story, Parineeta, Dus, Lage Raho Munnabhai.
She has garnered a lot of praise for her social work. She got an IIFA 2012 Green Award for her contribution towards green environment. She has done awareness campaigns on prevention of female foeticide, HIV awareness, the Cancer Patients Aid Association, PETA, ADAPT, CRY. She publicly supported the Naramada Bachao Andolan. She has written articles for Hindustan Times and other publications.
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 selected by film festivals in India and across the world.
She appeared in the films Dus and Fight Club. She was the only female actor among the six key characters Acid Factory, in which she played a gangster femme fatale, but the film was a failure. Mirza will next be featuring in Johny Mastana, Bits and Pieces, Kayanat, Bidhaatar Lekha and Familywala.
Mirza was a second runner up at Femina Miss India 2000 and was subsequently sent to Miss Asia Pacific 2000, where she won. She also won Miss Beautiful Smile, Miss Avon and Miss Close-Up Smile in Miss India. When she won the Miss Asia Pacific title on 3 December 2000 in Manila, Philippines, she became the first Indian 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.
Community services and activism
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 theatre. She has written several articles for the Hindustan Times and other publications as a guest writer. She is on the board of the Coca Cola foundation that works towards development in rural India. She is associated with campaigns such as Sanctuary Asia's Leave Me Alone and Female Foeticide.
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 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. She is the Eco Ambassador for Panasonic.
Mirza has been felicitated at award functions for her active involvement in social and environmental issues.
She has been named the ambassador for the Swachh Bharat Mission's youth-based 'Swachh Saathi' programme. As an ambassador, the actress would interact with school and college students from across the country through awareness sessions, community cleaning activities and motivational videos.
- Winner, Zee Cine Awards for Best Debut: Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein
- Winner, Bollywood movie award for Best Debut Newcomer: Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein
- 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, Great women achiever award for Beauty
- 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
|2000||Khoya Khoya Chand Song||Herself||Lead Role|
|2001||Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein||Reena Malhotra||Lead Role
Winner, Zee Cine Awards for Best Debut
Winner, Bollywood movie award for Best Debut Newcomer
Nominated, Screen Awards for Most Promising Female Newcomer
Nominated, Popular Award for the Best Debut (Female)
|Deewaanapan||Kiran Choudhary||Lead Role
Nominated, Screen Awards for Most Promising Female Newcomer: Deewaanapan
|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||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||Supporting 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||Bengali Film Debut
Winner, The Jaipur International Film Festival for Best Actress award: Paanch Adhyay
|2014||Bobby Jasoos||Herself||Producer of the Film|
|2015||Familywala||TBA||Lead Role Filming|
|2016||Hello Mumbai||Main Role ، Production with Iran|
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- "Turning 30 is fabulous: Dia Mirza". The Indian Express. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 2016-07-13.
- "I took my surname Mirza from my step-father: Dia Mirza". The Times of India. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
- "Sahil Sangha Biography". Oneindia Entertainment.
- "Love Breakups Zindagi – Sweet and honest sans drama". indiaglitz.
- "I took my surname Mirza from my step-father: Dia Mirza". The Times of India.
- "Dia Mirzas Wedding to be a Private Affair – NDTV Movies". NDTVMovies.com.
- "Dia Mirza – 2000-1991! – Miss India Winners 2009-1964 – Archives – Femina Miss India". Indiatimes. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- "Inside Dia Mirza, Sahil Sangha's Wedding". NDTV Movies. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
- "Dia Mirza debuts in Bengali films with 'Paanch Adhyay'". IBNLive.
- "Dia Mirza's PAANCH ADHYAY selected for Mumbai Film Fest". glamsham.com.
- "I am a femme fatale who is also a gangster".
- "ENDURING BEAUTIES". The Times of India.
- "Miss India Winners 2000 – 1991 – Indiatimes.com". Feminamissindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
- "Actress Dia Mirza adopts leopard cubs". The Times of India. 13 April 2010.
- "BJP blasts Dia Mirza for anti-dam stand". Rediff. Retrieved 24 May 2006.
- "Dia Mirza appointed Body Shop's brand ambassador". The Navhind Times.
- "Dia Mirza named ambassador for 'Swachh Saathi' programme". ABP Live. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
- Khoya Khoya Chand Rehta Hai. 5 December 2007 – via YouTube.
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