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Dia Mirza

About Dia Mirza

Actor. Producer. Director. Humanitarian. Dreamer. - Dia Mirza is all that and more!

Actor. Producer. Director. Humanitarian. Dreamer. - Dia Mirza is all that and more!

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  • YEAR
  • FILM
  • ROLE
  • 2012
    Paanch Adhyay
    Lead Role
  • 2011
    Love Breakups Zindagi
    Lead Role
  • 2010
    Hum Tum Aur Ghost
    Lead Role
  • 2009
    Acid Factory
    Lead Role
  • 2009
    Fruit and Nut
    Lead Role
  • 2009
    Jai Veeru
    Lead Role
  • 2009
    Kissan
    Lead Role
  • 2009
    Kurbaan
    Special Appearance
  • 2009
    Luck By Chance
    Special Appearance
  • 2008
    Krazzy 4
    Supporting Role
  • 2007
    Cash
    Lead Role
  • 2007
    Dus Kahaniyaan
    Lead Role
  • 2007
    Heyy Babyy
    Special Appearance In A Song
  • 2007
    Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
    Lead Role
  • 2007
    Om Shanti Om
    Special Appearance
  • 2007
    Shootout at Lokhandwala
    Supporting role
  • 2006
    Alag
    Lead Role
  • 2006
    Lage Raho Munna Bhai
    Supporting Role
  • 2006
    Prateeksha
    Lead role (TV release)
  • 2005
    Dus
    Lead Role
  • 2005
    Fight Club - Members Only
    Supporting Role
  • 2005
    Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai
    Lead Role
  • 2005
    Parineeta
    Supporting Role
  • 2005
    Phir Hera Pheri
    Item number (song)
  • 2004
    Blackmail
    Supporting Role
  • 2004
    Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na
    Special Appearance
  • 2004
    My Brother… Nikhil
    Special Appearance
  • 2004
    Naam Gum Jaayega
    Lead Role
  • 2004
    Tumsa Nahin Dekha
    Lead Role
  • 2003
    Dum
    Lead Role
  • 2003
    Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye
    Lead Role
  • 2003
    Stop!
    Lead Role
  • 2002
    Tehzeeb
    Supporting Role
  • 2002
    Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge
    Lead Role
  • 2001
    Deewaanapan
    Lead Role
  • 2001
    Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein
    Lead Role

Dia Mirza was born on 9th December in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Born to a Bengali mother, Deepa, and a German father, Frank Handrich, she grew up imbibing the value of different world views.

Having studied at J Krishnamurti School, where students get educated not by rote, but by resolute guidance to be free of social conditioning, Dia learnt to explore her many different facets from a young age. From being an assiduous reader to painting, dabbling in professional photography to adventure sports, she took to it all.

She valued financial independence and so she worked towards it from a relatively early age of 16 while continuing her education. With her looks, advertisement offers started pouring in. Shooting for known brands like Lipton and Walls Ice Cream gave her the confidence to dive deeper and participate in a beauty pageant that would go on to transform her fate.

Armed with the winning combination of beauty with brains, Dia stormed through the Miss India Contest and thereafter the Miss Asia-Pacific Pageant, winning the coveted title for India, after a wait of 29 long years. 

The win made her an overnight sensation back home in India. But Dia isn’t one to rest on her laurels. She began training to be an actor in the Hindi Film Industry by attending theatre workshops conducted by the acclaimed director Feroz Abbas Khan. She soon transitioned into movies and debuted with Vashu Bhagnani’s Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, a movie is counted amongst India's most successful and loved Romantic Dramas.

In the last decade, Dia has appeared in several successful films, including the blockbuster Munnabhai series, Parineeta, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. and many more. In 2012, she forayed into regional cinema with Bengali Filmmaker Pratim Dasgupta's, Paanch Adhyay. The film didn't just see success in India, but was also screened by various Film Festivals across the world.

In the same year, Dia also added a new dimension to her cinematic career, by turning producer along with writer-director and now husband, Sahil Sangha to form Born Free Entertainment. The couple have successfully produced two acclaimed films, 'Love, Breakup, Zindagi' and 'Bobby Jasoos' under their banner.

Dia’s footprints though, go way beyond Films and far into the ethics of Conservation. She is a highly active and effective voice on Nature Conservancy in the country today. Besides being the Ambassador for the Swachh Bharat Mission's "Swachh Saathi" program, she is also the ambassador for Sanctuary Asia's Tiger Conservation program, the Co-founder of Wildlife Trust of India's Club Nature and the face of many pivotal environmental campaigns including NDTV's Greenathon, Cleanathon and Save the Tigers. Organizations such as the Genesis Foundation, PETA, The Cancer Patient's association, ADAPT and the Concern India Foundation have greatly benefited from her close association with them. Apt to say then, that Dia is an extremely socially conscious and responsible actor, using the reach of her celebrity to make a real difference to causes that need championing in India and around the world.

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Career

Being fiercely independent as a person, Dia also wanted to acquire financial independence in her life from an early age. To support this requirement, she started working when she was 16, while she was continuing her education. Working full time as a marketing executive for Dr. Neeraj’s Multi Media Studio, she simultaneously started her modeling career.

Appearing on print and television advertisement frequently, she built her confidence to go and face the Miss Asia-Pacific title in 2000. Not only did she face it with gusto, but stormed through and emerged victorious, bringing us back the title after 29 years.

The win made her a sensation overnight. Dreaming to be a part of Bollywood, she started attending theatre workshops under the acclaimed theater director Feroz Khan. Then she smoothly transited to movies and debuted with Vashu Bhagnani’s Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, a movie which is one the most successful romantic movies from India.

Her acting prowess was recognized and she became a part of some of the biggest blockbusters from India. In the last decade, Dia has appeared in several successful movies, such as - Lagey Raho Munnabhai, Parineeta, Dum, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. and many more. In 2012, she forayed into regional cinema with Bengali Filmmaker Pratim Dasgupta – Paanch Adhyay. This movie has not only seen success in the country, but has also been selected by various Film Festivals within India and across the world.

Continuing her passion in the world of cinema, she turned producer with the launch of Born Free Entertainment, her own production house in partnership with writer-director, Sahil Sangha. Born Free’s first venture Love Break Ups Zindagi saw a successful release in October 2011.

Beside these, Dia is actively involved with several charitable organizations and events like NDTV Greenathon & Support my School campaign, PETA, SPCA, ADAPT and many more.

Awards & accolades

  • The Woman Of Substance at Rotary Awards 2015 (2016)
  • The Abdul Kalam Award At Kalam Conclave 2016(2016)
  • Ms Eternal Beauty At The Femina Miss India(2016)
  • Eco Crusader Of The Year at the Sixth GeoSpa asiaSpa India Awards(2013)
  • Best Actress award at the Jaipur International Film Festival for Paanch Adhyay(2012)
  • IIFA Green Award for contribution towards a Greener environment(2012)
  • Green Globe Honor for Extraordinary work by a Public Figure (2011)
  • Women's Achievement Award(2011)
  • Nominated for Popular Award as the Best Debut (Female) for Rehnaa Hai Teree Dil Mein(2002)
  • Nominated for Screen Awards as Most Promising Female Newcomer for Deewanapan (2002)
  • Zee Cine Awards for best debut in Rehna Hai Tere Dil Me(2002)
  • Nominated for Screen Awards as Most Promising Female Newcomer   for Rehnaa Hai Teree Dil Mein(2002)
  • Best debut newcomer in New York (2002)

Armed with the winning combination of beauty with brains, Dia stormed
through the Miss India Contest as she was the second runner up at Femina
Miss India 2000

Dia Mirza

After Miss India Contest, Dia won the Miss Asia Pacific title on 3rd December 2000 & 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 alongside Miss Universe Lara Dutta & Miss World Priyanka Chopra.

Dia Mirza