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.
Mirza was born in India. Her father, Frank Handrich, was a German 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 she was four years old. Her father died when she was nine and her mother married Ahmed Mirza, who died in 2003.
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.She recently adopted two cheetah cubs at the Prince of Wales zoological park in Lucknow
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