Dia Mirza was born as ‘Dia Handrich’ on Wednesday, 9 December 1981 (age 40 years; as in 2020) in the Hyderabad city of Andhra Pradesh. Her zodiac sign is Saggitarius.
Dia Mirza is an Indian actress, model, producer, and social activist. She is also the winner of Miss Asia Pacific 2000 title.
She did her schooling from Vidyaranya High School in Hyderabad and Nasr School in Hyderabad. She has also attended Stanley Girls High School, Hyderabad. She did Bachelor of Arts from Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad.
|Birth name||Dia Handrich|
|Profession||Actress, Model, Film Producer & Social Activist|
Physical Stats & More
|Height||in centimeters– 168 cm|
in meters– 1.68 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 6”
Family & Caste
Dia Mirza was born to Frank Handrich, a German Catholic, and graphics and industrial fair designer, architect, artist, and interior designer based in Munich, and Deepa, a Bengali interior designer and landscaper.
When she was four-and-a-half years old, her parents got divorced. Her mother, Deepa got married to Ahmed Mirza (died in 2003), a Dakhini Muslim man from Hyderabad. She took her step-father’s surname. She is the only child of her parents.
Awards & Honours
- Great Women Achiever Award for Beauty in 2005
- Green Globe Honor for Extraordinary Work by a Public Figure in 2011
- Women’s Achievement Award in 2011
- Ms. Eternal Beauty at the Femina Miss India in 2016
- The Woman of Substance at Rotary Awards in 2016
- The ‘Valerian of Environmental Issues’ by the makers of the film “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” in 2017
- in 2019, during the ongoing CAA protest in India, Dia Mirza expressed her views on the subject and said,
My mother is a Hindu, my biological father was a Christian, my adopted father – a Muslim. In all official documents, my religion status stays blank. Does religion determine I am an Indian? It never did and I hope it never does. #OneIndia #India”However, this did not go well with the netizens, and they lashed out at her; claiming that she didn’t have any knowledge of the act and was trying to act smart. 
- In 2016, Dia, in context with the water shortage in Maharashtra, tweeted,
The irony of the times we live in: farmers commit suicide due to drought and people waste water to ‘play’ #Holi. Go ahead call me anti-Hindu.”
Photos & Images
Dia Mirza Posing with her Car
- Food: Hyderabadi Biryani, Nihari, Khatti Daal, Kheema
- Cuisines: Punjabi, Hyderabadi, European, Italian, Thai
- Actor: Amitabh Bachchan
- Travel Destination(s): Machu Picchu in Peru, Leh, Cambodia, Africa
- Books: “The Silk Roads: A New History of the World” by Peter Frankopan, “A New Earth: Create a Better Life” by Eckhart Tolle, “The Faraway Tree” by Enid Blyton, “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd, “The Motorcycle Diaries” by Che Guevara
Some Lesser Known Facts About Dia Mirza
Dia was born to Frank Handrich, a German Catholic, and Deepa, a Bengali Hindu. When Dia was four-and-a-half years old, her parents got divorced, and her mother got remarried to Ahmed Mirza, a Dakhini Muslim from Hyderabad. Dia took her step father’s surname. She is the only child of her parents.
- She likes cooking, reading, doing photography, and travelling.
- When she had just finished her schooling, she got a call from one of her family friends, (who worked at the Times of India office in Hyderabad) who told Dia about the Miss India contest. She sent her portfolio and was selected for the contest. She utilized the money that she had saved from the job that she did in her school days to go to Mumbai.
- Her first salary as a marketing executive was Rs. 5000.
- Her mother was against her participating in the Miss India contest because she wanted Dia to study in a law school in Bangalore. However, her step-father convinced her mother to let her participate in the contest.
- Before making her debut in the film industry, she appeared in the music video of Babul Supriyo and Alka Yagnik‘s song “Khoya Khoya Chand” in 2000.