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Name: Dia Mirza
Birthday: 9th December, 1981
Marital Status: Single
Awards: The sensational diva bagged the following awards:
1) Special Award of Green Globe Award (2011)
2) IIFA 2012 Green Award.
3) She was also nominated for Screen Awards as Most Promising Female Newcomer for Rehnaa Hai Teree Dil Mein (2001) and Deewanapan (2001). Her nominations also came on the Popular Award as the Best Debut (Female) for Rehnaa Hai Teree Dil Mein (2001).
Trivia: The desi-videsi diva was born of a mixed parentage. Her father was a late famed German interior designer, artist and architect and her mother is a Bengali Hindu interior designer. The death of her father followed her mother’s marriage with a Pakistani citizen and thus she took her title from him.
The innocent beauty was the second runner up at Femina Miss India (2000) and this eventually sent her to the Miss Asia Pacific (2000) pageant. Here she won the title of Miss Asia Pacific and completed the trio of India’s win on international pageant in the year 2000 as Lara Dutta won the title of Miss Universe (2000) and Priyanka Chopra won the title of Miss World (2000). She also won the title of Miss Beautiful Smile from The Sony Viewers Choice Award.
Biography: The actress cum recent director Dia Mirza Handrich was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. She is the daughter of Frank Handrich, a German and Deepa, a Bengali Hindu. Her mother married secondly to Ahmed Mirza. Thus she adopted the title Mirza to her name.
She went to Vidyaranya High School For Boys And Girls in Khairtabad, Hyderabad. From there she was shifted afterwards to Nasr School at same place. She had her college life from Stanley Junior College and her graduation was completed from Andhra Pradesh Open University in Hyderabad.
Her career started at the tender age of 16 years while doing her graduation. She started her media run as a marketing executive in a multimedia company named Dr. Neeraj’s Multimedia Studio. Dee Mirza then plunged into modeling for both newspaper and media and did ads for Emami, Lipton and Walls.
Her turning point came as she earned the title of Femina Miss India (2000) 2nd runner up and Miss Asia Pacific (2000). Just like her predecessors, the film industry beckoned this fair damsel. Thus her filmy sail started with her debut movie Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001) opposite the Tolly star R. Madhavan aka Maddy. RHTDM was not a Box Office hit but through the passing time created a buzz among the youngsters.
The gorgeous chik did many movies for next following years. Her movies include Deewanapan (2002), Tehzaab (2003), Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye (2003), Dum (2003), Stop! (2004), Tumsa Nahin Dekha (2004), Naam Gum Yayega (2005), Blackmail (2005), Parinneta (2005), Dus (2005), Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai (2005), Fight Club-Members Only (2006), Alag (2006), Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007), Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), Cash (2007), Dus Kahaniyaan (2007), Krazzy 4 (2008), Kissan (2009), Jai-Veeru (2009), Acid Factory (2009), Fruit And Nut (2009), Hum Tum Aur Ghost (2010), Familywala (2011).
The Mirza girl among those who after showing their talent blast and looks are less admired and wanted in silver screen. Thus all these movies could not bring the blast she hoped for, to her fortune. Though she is critically acclaimed but lags behind on the race of super star.
The star also gave special appearances on films like Kyun…! Ho Gaya Na (2004), My Brother Nikhil (2005), Heyy Baby (2007), Om Shanti Om (2007), Kurbaan (2009), Luck By Chance (2009). She even appeared at a TV release of Prateeksha (2006). She did an item number in Phir Hera Pheri (2006). She also participated in a TV game show named Kaho Naa Yaar Hai (2008) on Star Plus.
She who failing to shine as the most shining star of tinsel town decided to shine as a director and a producer thus launching her own production house with her partners, boyfriend Sahil Sangha and best friend Zayed Khan, the Born Free Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. The motto of the house is to produce films which they believe in. their first production is Love Breakups Zindagi (2011) which was not a Box Office bockbuster but received mixed critical appreciation from both movie freaks and critics.
She is among those actress’ who are repeatedly wrapped in false controversies, but she knows very well how to handle the heat.
The brown eyed sweet spoken girl is an utter philanthropist. She is an environment conservationist as well as a socialist. This portion of her earned her award also. She worked with the government to spread awareness against HIV and female foeticide. Shi is also the active member of Spastics Society Of India, The Cancer Patients Aid Association, PETA and CRY. She is also an animal lover and recently adopted two cheetah cubs at Prince Of Wales Zoological Park in Lucknow.
Her journey unlike the other superstars is full of struggle just to establish her name, just to attain the height she deserved and desired. She has indeed carved herself a long path from a model, then being an actress and now being a director and producer.