Dia Mirza Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Husband, Family, Images, And More

Dia Mirza Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Husband, Family, Images, And More

Dia Mirza Rekhi (born Dia Handrich on December 9, 1981) is an Indian model, actor, producer, and social worker best known for her work in Hindi cinema. Mirza was crowned Femina Miss India Asia Pacific 2000 before being crowned Miss Asia Pacific International in 2000. Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001) was her acting debut.

She went on to appear in films such as Dus (2005), Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007), and Sanju (2018). Born Free Entertainment was a production company she co-owned with her ex-husband Sahil Sangha. Love Breakups Zindagi, their debut film, was released on October 7, 2011. In December 2019, she founded her own production company, "One India Stories," following their divorce. In 2019, she also participated in the web series Kaafir.

Mirza was born in the Indian city of Hyderabad. Frank Handrich, her father, is a German graphics and industrial fair designer, architect, artist, and interior designer located in Munich, while Deepa, her mother, is a Bengali interior designer and landscaper who also volunteers to aid alcoholics and drug addicts. Her parents split when she was four and a half years old. She took her stepfather's surname after her mother married Ahmed Mirza, a Muslim man from Hyderabad. He passed away in 2004.

Mirza was enrolled in Nasr School, a girls day school in Khairtabad, after attending Vidyaranya High School, a co-ed school. She went on to attend Stanley Junior College before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ambedkar Open University in Hyderabad.

Career Modelling

Mirza worked as a marketing executive for a media company, Neeraj's Multi-media Studio, while in college. Simultaneously, she modeled for print and television advertising for brands such as Lipton, Wall's ice cream, Emami, and many more. She finished second in the Miss India pageant in 2000 and went on to win the Miss Asia Pacific title the following year.


In Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, she made her acting debut. Alag, Dum, Deewaanapan, Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge, Tumsa Nahin Dekha: A Love Story, Parineeta, Dus, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, and Salaam Mumbai were among her subsequent films. In 2018, she starred as Sanjay Dutt's wife Manyata Dutt in the biopic Sanju, which was one of India's highest-grossing films. She starred in Thappad, which won the Filmfare Award for Best Film in 2020.

In 2019, she appeared in the ZEE5 web series Kaafir. She starred in the series, which was set in Kashmir, alongside Mohit Raina.


Born Free Entertainment, a production company she co-founded with her ex-husband Sahil Sangha, was founded in 2011. She has also produced Love Breakups Zindagi, Bobby Jasoos, and Mind the Malhotras, an Amazon Prime Video sitcom web series. Cyrus Sahukar and Mini Mathur star in the series. She revealed in December 2019 that she was launching a new production company called "One India Stories" to develop original content.

Humanitarian issues

Mirza provided the voice of a snow leopard named Layla for a Run Wild environmental podcast, which is a cooperation between Runtastic, the UN Environmental Programme, and the Internet of Elephants.

She has contributed to the Hindustan Times and other media with articles.


Mirza finished second in Femina Miss India 2000 and was then sent to Miss Asia Pacific 2000, where she won. In Miss India, she also won Miss Beautiful Smile, Miss Avon, and Miss Close-Up Smile. She became the first Indian to win the Miss Asia Pacific title since Tara Anne Fonseca in 27 years when she won it on December 3, 2000, in Manila, Philippines. In the year 2000, she accomplished India's hat-trick of international pageant victories; Lara Dutta won Miss Universe and Priyanka Chopra won Miss World in the same year.

Volunteering and activism in the community

Mirza 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 serves on the board of the Coca-Cola Foundation, which promotes rural development in India. She has been involved in projects such as Sanctuary Asia's Leave Me Alone and Female Foeticide.

She adopted two cheetah kittens from the Prince of Wales zoological park in Lucknow in 2010.

Mirza and Aamir Khan both publicly supported the Narmada Bachao Andolan, an organization against the construction of a dam. This infuriated Bharatiya Janata Party activists, who staged a protest march against the actress. She received the Green Award at IIFA 2012 for her efforts in raising awareness about environmental issues.

Mirza has also endorsed The Body Shop for their stance on animal testing and the proliferation of recycled packaging and natural products. She is Panasonic's Eco-Ambassador.

Mirza has received recognition at award ceremonies for her strong commitment in social and environmental issues.

She has been named the Swachh Bharat Mission's youth-focused 'Swachh Saathi' ambassador. As an ambassador, she will interact with children from around the country through awareness seminars, community cleaning initiatives, and motivational videos.

She became Save The Children India's first artist ambassador.

She was named brand ambassador for the Wildlife Trust of India on World Environment Day 2017. She has been a long-time supporter of WTI's animal conservation efforts and is a founding member of the organization's Club Nature project, as well as a supporter of a campaign to raise awareness about the country's dwindling habitat for wild elephants.

She was also named the UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador for India in 2017, and her term was extended till 2022 on May 7, 2020. She was designated by the United Nations Secretary-General as an ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals. She also became a blogger in order to conserve the environment and raise awareness. She co-hosted the United Nations Champions Gala 2019 with actor Alec Baldwin. She was present at the 14th United Nations Conference of the Parties and hosted the closing banquet.

Mirza launched a cleanup campaign at Juhu beach on Independence Day 2019 and another at Mahim beach on January 26th to rid the coastline of single-use plastic.

Mirza is an advocate for Ramky's BIG Green Ganesha and presented the winners with Tree Ganeshas in 2019.

Private life

She got engaged to her longtime business partner Sahil Sangha in April 2014, and they married on October 18, 2014, at his home in Chattarpur, on the outskirts of Delhi. Mirza announced their divorce in August 2019.

Mirza married businessman Vaibhav Rekhi in Bandra, Mumbai, on February 15, 2021.

She announced that she is expecting her first child on April 1, 2021. On 14 July 2021, she stated that she gave birth to a baby boy, Avyaan Azaad Rekhi, prematurely on 14 May and that he was in the NICU for two months. Mirza also has a stepdaughter from Rekhi's first marriage, Samaira Rekhi.



1999En Swasa KaatreDancerTamil film; Extra
2001Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil MeinReena Malhotra
DeewaanapanKiran Choudhary
2002Tumko Na Bhool PaayengeMuskaan
Praan Jaye Par Shaan Na JayeSaundarya
TehzeebNazneen Jamal
2004Kyun! Ho Gaya Na...PreetiSpecial appearance
Tumsa Nahin DekhaJiya
2005BlackmailAnjali Mohan
My Brother…Nikhil
Special appearance
Naam Gum JaayegaNatasha/Gitanjali
Koi Mere Dil Mein HaiSimran
DusAnu Dheer
2006Fight Club – Members OnlyAnu Chopra
PrateekshaReena BrownTelevision film
Phir Hera Pheri
Item number (song)
AlagPurva Rana
Lage Raho Munna BhaiSimran
2007Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.Shilpa
Shootout at LokhandwalaMeeta Mattoo
Heyy BabyyHerselfSpecial appearance
Om Shanti OmHerselfSpecial appearance
Dus KahaniyaanSia
2008Krazzy 4Shikha
2009Luck by ChanceHerselfSpecial appearance
Jai VeeruAnna
Acid FactoryMax
Fruit and NutMonica Gokhale
KurbaanRehana (WIACB reporter)Special appearance
2010Hum Tum Aur GhostGehna Sinha
2011Love Breakups ZindagiNaina
2012Paanch AdhyayIshitaBengali film
2014Bobby Jasoos
2016Salaam MumbaiKarishmaIranian-Indian film
2018SanjuManyata Dutt
2021Wild DogPriya VermaTelugu film;Special appearance

Web series

2019KaafirKainaaz Akhtar
Mind the Malhotras
2021Call My Agent: BollywoodHerselfEpisode 1


2016Ganga – The Soul Of IndiaHerself



  • Zee Cine Award for Best Female DebutRehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
  • Bollywood Movie Award – Best Female DebutRehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
  • Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Female DebutRehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
  • Nominated, Screen Award for Best Female DebutRehnaa 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.
Birth nameDia Handrich
Profession(s)Actress, Model, Film Producer & Social Activist
Physical Stats & More
Height in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 6”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutBollywood Film: Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001)as 'Reena Malhotra'
Bengali Film: Paanch Adhyay (2012)
TV: Ganga - The Soul of India (2016)
Web Series: Kaafir (2019)
As a Producer: Love Breakups Zindagi (2011)
Awards, Honours, Achievements2020: Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival - Award for Best actress for the web series “Kaafir”
2019: Filmfare Glamour & Style Awards for Woman of Style & Substance
2019: IWM Digital Awards - Best actor female (critics) for the web series “Kaafir”
2017: The ‘Valerian of Environmental Issues’ by the makers of the film “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”
2016: Rotary Awards - The Woman of Substance
2016: Femina Miss India - Ms. Eternal Beauty
2011: Women’s Achievement Award
2011: Green Globe Honor for Extraordinary Work by a Public Figure
2005: Great Women Achiever Award for Beauty
Personal Life
Date of Birth9 December 1981 (Wednesday)
Age (as of 2022)41 Years
BirthplaceHyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Zodiac signSaggitarius
SignatureDia Mirza signature
HometownHyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
School• Vidyaranya High School, Hyderabad
• Nasr School, Hyderabad
• Stanley Girls High School, Hyderabad
College/UniversityAmbedkar Open University, Hyderabad
Educational QualificationBachelor of Arts from Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad
ReligionHer father was a German Catholic, her mother is a Bengali, and her step-father is a Dakhini Muslim. Despite these factors, she follows Hinduism. 
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
HobbiesCooking, Reading, Doing Photography & Travelling
Tattoo(s)'Aazad' imbibed on the wrist of her left hand
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage DateFirst Marriage: 18 October 2014
Second Marriage: 15 February 2021
Marriage PlaceFirst Marriage: Sahil Sangha's farmhouse in Chattarpur, Delhi
Second Marriage: Dia Mirza'a residence in Bandra, Mumbai

Note: The wedding function of Dia Mirza and Vaibhav Rekhi was conducted by a priestess.
Husband/SpouseFirst Husband: Sahil Sangha (m.2014-d.2019)
Second Husband:
Vaibhav Rekhi (businessman)
ChildrenShe gave birth to a son named Avyaan Azaad in May 2021.
ParentsFather- Frank Handrich (Graphics and Industrial Fair Designer, Architect, Artist, and Interior Designer based in Munich)
Step-father- Ahmed Mirza (died in 2003)
Mother- Deepa Mirza (Interior designer, Landscaper)
Favourite Things
FoodHyderabadi Biryani, Nihari, Khatti Daal, Kheema
CuisinesPunjabi, Hyderabadi, European, Italian, Thai
Book(s)“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
ActorAmitabh Bachchan
Travel Destination(s)Machu Picchu in Peru, Leh, Cambodia, Africa
Style Quotient
Car Collection• Lexus LX
• BMW X1

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.
  • While studying in school, she worked as a marketing executive for a multimedia firm, Neeraj’s Multi-media Studio and earned a monthly salary of Rs. 5000. At the same time, she worked as a model for brands like Lipton, Wall’s ice cream, and Emami.
  • 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.
  • Her mother was against Dia 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.
  • In 2000, she became the second runner up at the pageant, Femina Miss India. She also won the title of Miss Beautiful Smile, Miss Avon, and Miss Close-Up Smile at the pageant.
  • Later, she was sent to Miss Asia Pacific, where she won the pageant and brought India its third win in the international beauty pageants in the year 2000 (Lara Dutta won Miss Universe, and Priyanka Chopra won Miss World).
  • In 2000, she first appeared in Babul Supriyo and Alka Yagnik‘s song ‘Khoya Khoya Chand’, opposite Akashdeep Saigal.
  • After making her acting debut with the 2001 film “Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein,” she acted in many box office hits such as, Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge (2002), Dum (2003), Tumsa Nahin Dekha – A Love Story (2004), Parineeta (2005), Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006), Salam Mumbai (2016), and Sanju (2018).
  • In 2000, she also appeared in the Tamil film “En Swasa Kaatre.”
  • She co-owned a production called “Born Free Entertainment” with her ex-husband, Sahil Sangha. Films like, Love Breakups Zindagi (2011) and Bobby Jasoos (2014), and the web series, Mind the Malhotras (2019) were produced under the banner. After getting divorced from her husband, she launched her production house “One India Stories” in December 2019.
  • Over the years, Dia has evolved as a social activist; fighting for various social causes. She has been involved Cancer Patients Aid Association, Spastics Society of India, PETA, CRY, and NDTV Greenathon and has worked with the government of Andhra Pradesh to spread awareness about HIV and prevention of female foeticide.
  • In 2010, she adopted two cheetah cubs at the Prince of Wales zoological park in Lucknow.
  • Dia, along with Aamir Khan came out openly in support of Narmada Bachao Andolan.
  • On 5 June 2017, on the occasion of World Environment Day, she was appointed as the Brand Ambassador the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). She has lent her support to WTI in their campaigns and is also one of the founding member’s of the Club Nature initiative of WTI.
  • Dia Mirza has endorsed the brand “The Body Shop” for their initiative on the ban on animal testing and propagation of recycled packaging and natural products.
  • Dia Mirza has also been appointed as the eco ambassador for Panasonic, ambassador for Swachh Bharat Mission’s youth-based ‘Swachh Saathi’ programme, first artist ambassador for Save The Children India, and UN Environment’s Goodwill Ambassador for India.
  • There is a leopardess at the Lucknow Zoo named after Dia Mirza, the zoo-keepers named her after Dia Mirza because they rescued the leopardess from Mirzapur. The leopardess gave birth to two cubs and the zoo officials requested Dia to give them names, Dia named them Ashoka and Nakshatra.

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