Dia Mirza (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.
Dia 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.
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. Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha got married on October 18, 2014 at New Delhi’s Chattarpur farm. Dia Mirza made her cinematic debut with Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein opposite R. Madhavan. Later, she appeared in Parineeta, a Vidhu Vinod Chopra production.
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.Dia will next be featuring in Johny Mastana, Bits and Pieces, Kayanat, Bidhaatar lekha and Familywala.