Dia Mirza Rekhi (born Dia Handrich; 9 December 1981) is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films. She won the title of Miss Asia Pacific International in 2000 after being crowned Femina Miss India Asia Pacific 2000. She made her acting debut with the film Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001).
9 December 1981
(m. 2014; div. 2019)
|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Title||Miss Asia Pacific 2000|
Femina Miss India Asia Pacific 2000
She subsequently featured in films including Dus (2005), Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007) and Sanju (2018). She co-owned a production house, Born Free Entertainment, with her ex-husband Sahil Sangha. Their first film, Love Breakups Zindagi, was released on 7 October 2011. After their divorce she launched her own production house, One India Stories in 2019. She also starred in the web series Kaafir in 2019.
Early life edit
Mirza was born in Hyderabad, India. Her father, Frank Handrich, is a German graphics and industrial fair designer, architect, artist and interior designer based in Munich, while her mother, Deepa, is a Bengali interior designer and landscaper who also volunteers to help alcoholics and drug addicts. When she was four-and-a-half years old, her parents got divorced. After her mother married Ahmed Mirza, a Muslim man from Hyderabad, she adopted her step-father's surname. He died in 2004.
After initially attending Vidyaranya High School, a co-ed school, Mirza was enrolled into Nasr School, a girls day school in Khairtabad. She then attended Stanley Junior College before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad.
Mirza worked while in college as a marketing executive for a media firm, Neeraj's Multi-media Studio. At the same time, she modelled for print and TV commercials for brands such as Lipton, Wall's ice cream, Emami and many more. She was the second runner-up at the Miss India pageant in 2000 and then went on to win the Miss Asia Pacific title in 2000.
She made her debut in Gautham Menon directed Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, a remake of Menon's Tamil film Minnale. She then appeared in films such as Alag, Dum, Deewaanapan, Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge, Tumsa Nahin Dekha: A Love Story, Parineeta, Dus, Lage Raho Munna Bhai and Salaam Mumbai. In 2018, she appeared as Sanjay Dutt's wife Manyata Dutt in the biopic Sanju, which ranks among the highest grossing Indian films. In 2020, she appeared in Thappad, which went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Film.
In 2011, she started Born Free Entertainment, a production house along with her ex-husband Sahil Sangha. She has also produced Love Breakups Zindagi, Bobby Jasoos and a sitcom web series titled Mind the Malhotras, streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The series stars Cyrus Sahukar and Mini Mathur in the lead. In December 2019 she announced she was forming a new production house "One India Stories" to create original content.
Humanitarian causes edit
Mirza lent her voice to a snow leopard called Layla for an environmental podcast of Run Wild, which is a collaboration between Runtastic, the UN Environmental Programme and Internet of Elephants.
Mirza was the 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, the Philippines, she became the first Indian since Tara Anne Fonseca to win this title in 27 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 edit
Mirza has been involved with Cancer Patients Aid Association and Spastics Society of India, and has worked extensively with the 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 the book, "Deke Dheko" by Radio Mirchi (a campaign initiated to collect books for underprivileged children). 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. She won the Green Award at IIFA 2012 for spreading awareness about environment-related issues.
Along with these, Mirza has endorsed The Body Shop for their stand on a 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.
She joined Save The Children India as their first ever artist ambassador.
On World Environment Day 2017, she was appointed brand ambassador for the Wildlife Trust of India. She has lent her support to WTI's wildlife conservation endeavours for several years and is a founder-member of the organisation's Club Nature initiative, also supporting a campaign to raise awareness about the shrinking space for wild elephants in the country.
She was also appointed as the UN Environment's Goodwill Ambassador for India in 2017 and on 7 May 2020, her term was further extended till 2022. She was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as an advocate of Sustainable Development Goals. She also turned into a blogger to save the environment and create awareness. She hosted United Nations Champions Gala 2019 with Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin. She attended the 14th UN Conference of the Parties and hosted the finale reception.
Mirza supports Ramky's BIG Green Ganesha and felicitated the winners with Tree Ganeshas in 2019. She also is been featured by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in its 11th edition of BBC 100 women list 2023, listing as one of the four Indian women featured.
Personal life edit
In April 2014, she became engaged to her longtime business partner Sahil Sangha, and they were married on 18 October 2014 at his farmhouse in Chattarpur on the outskirts of Delhi. In August 2019, Mirza announced their separation.
On 1 April 2021, she announced that she is expecting her first child. On 14 July 2021, she announced that she had a premature birth to a baby boy, Avyaan Azaad Rekhi on 14 May and he was in NICU for 2 months. Mirza also has a step-daughter, Samaira Rekhi from Vaibhav Rekhi's first marriage.
|1999||En Swasa Kaatre||Dancer||Tamil film; Extra|
|2001||Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein||Reena Malhotra|
|2002||Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge||Muskaan|
|Praan Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye||Saundarya|
|2004||Kyun! Ho Gaya Na...||Preeti||Special appearance|
|Tumsa Nahin Dekha||Jiya|
|My Brother…Nikhil||Special appearance|
|Naam Gum Jaayega||Natasha/Gitanjali|
|Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai||Simran|
|2006||Fight Club – Members Only||Anu Chopra|
|Prateeksha||Reena Brown||Television film|
|Phir Hera Pheri||Item number (song)|
|Lage Raho Munna Bhai||Simran|
|2007||Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.||Shilpa|
|Shootout at Lokhandwala||Meeta Mattoo|
|Heyy Babyy||Herself||Special appearance|
|Om Shanti Om||Herself||Special appearance|
|2009||Luck by Chance||Herself||Special appearance|
|Fruit and Nut||Monica Gokhale|
|Kurbaan||Rehana (WIACB reporter)|
|2010||Hum Tum Aur Ghost||Gehna Sinha|
|2011||Love Breakups Zindagi||Naina|
|2012||Paanch Adhyay||Ishita||Bengali film|
|2016||Salaam Mumbai||Karishma||Iranian-Indian film|
|2021||Wild Dog||Priya Verma||Telugu film; Special appearance|
Web series edit
|Mind the Malhotras||Producer|||
|2021||Call My Agent: Bollywood||Herself||Episode 1|||
|2023||Made in Heaven||Shehnaz||Season 2|
|2016||Ganga – The Soul Of India||Herself|||
Music videos edit
|2004||"Pal Do Pal Pyar Ka"||Adnan Sami||Unnamed||Teri Kasam|
Music song edit
- 2003:Hum Ko To Hai Poora Yakeen made by msn cricket and sports MSN India on The Indian Cricket team for the ICC Cricket World Cups in 2003
- Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut: Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
- Bollywood Movie Award – Best Female Debut: Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
- Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut: Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
- Nominated, Screen Award for Best Female Debut: Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
- Nominated, Screen Award for Best Female Debut: Deewaanapan
- IIFA Green Award for Contribution Towards a Greener Environment
- Ms. Eternal Beauty at the Femina Miss India
- Best actor OTT female (critics) for Kaafir at Gold Awards 2019
- woman of style & substance at Filmfare glamour & style awards 2019
- Dia Mirza honoured with 'Mother Teresa Memorial Award' by the Governor of Maharashtra.
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