Dia Mirza’s original name is Dia Handrich. Dia Mirza is an actress from India, and also a Model and Director cum Producer (recently). She was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (Telangana). Her father Frank Handrich, a German interior designer and mother Deepa, a Bengali Hindu interior designer. She completed her schooling from Vidyaranya High School for Boys and Girls (based on the teachings of philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti) and Nasr School. Both the schools have located in Hyderabad. She also attended Stanley Junior College, Hyderabad, and got the bachelor’s degree in arts from Andhra Pradesh Open University. At the age of nine, her father died. Then, her mother got married to Ahmed Mirza. Later, she adopted her last step-father name as her last name.
At the age of sixteen, she started working as a marketing executive in a multi-media firm called Dr. Neeraj's Multi-media studio. Simultaneously, she was working as a model for prints and advertisements campaigns of various brands such as Lipton, Emmai and many more. When she won the title of Femina Miss India (2000) 2nd runner-up, Miss Asia Pacific (2000) in Manila and Philippines and became the first Indian to win this title at the age of twenty-nine. Then she became destined to take her life towards acting and modeling. This award-winning lead her to have an offer of acting in a movie. Her debut film ‘Rehena Hai Tere Dil Mein’ got released in 2001, co-starring R. Madhavan. She also got a lead role in this movie. Though this film didn’t get hit in the box office, it had critically accepted by youths. Later, Dia appeared in ’Parineeta’, a Vidhu Vinod Chopra production.
Her other major films are Deewanpan, Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge, Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye, Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Stop, Dum, Naam Gum Jaayega, Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., Dus Kahaniyaan, Jai Veeru, Acid Factory, Fruit and Nut, Hum Tum Aur Ghost, , Familywala and many more. She has also given special appearances in several films like Kyun..! Ho Gaya Na (2004), My Brother Nikhil (2005), Heyy Baby (2007), Om Shanti Om (2007), Kurbaan (2009), Luck By Chance (2009) and many more. She even tried her luck in other languages film. In the year 2012, she acted in a Bengali movie name ‘Paanch Adhyay’. This movie was a great success in Bengali film industry and also selected by various film festivals across the world including India. Even this movie bags her award for best actress in Jaipur International Film Festival. Dia got married to Sahil Sangha on 18th October 2014 at New Delhi’s Chattarpur farm.
This couple had already got engaged in 2012 but the tied knot in 2014. Dia, her husband and her best friend Zayed Khan, launched a production house ‘Born Free Entertainment’. The first film of this production house is Love Breakup Zindagi (2011), which was not a blockbuster film at the box office. The second movie was Bobby Jasoos starring Vidya Balan. Apart from being an actress, she is also a great social activist. She bags an IIFA 2012 Green award for her contribution to the Go Green movement. She has also done lots of campaigns related to female foeticide, HIV awareness, etc. Mirza is a part of many associations who are concerns towards society such as PETA, CRY, ADAPT, Green Peace India, Cancer Patients Aid Association, etc. she has written articles for many newspapers and magazines related to society. She has also won Miss Beautiful Smile, Miss Avon, and Miss Close-Up Smile in Miss India, including Miss Asia Pacific, Femina Miss India and many more accolades. She is very famous for her active participation on social issues among B-town and media. Other than acting she is interested in reading, writing, and music.