Diya Mirza -
nicknamed Dee, born 9 December 1981 in Hyderabad , Andhra Pradesh ,
India is an Indian model and Actress and Miss Asia Pacific for the year
2000. She was also second runner up in the Miss India 2000 beauty
Her father Frank Handrich was a German interior designer; her mother is
Deepa Mirza, a Bengali. They separated when she was six years old. Her
father died when she was nine and her mother remarried: Ahmed Mirza
whose surname she took, died in 2004. She stated that she suffered from
"low self-esteem" as a child. She retained a Muslim name (Mirza),
however she considers herself Hindu and believes in Ganesha. When living
in Khairatabad, Hyderabad, she attended Vidyaranya High School For Boys
And Girls, a school based on the teachings of Krishnamurti, and later
Nasr School, in Kushnuma. Currently, she lives in Bandra, Mumbai. To
brush up on acting before Shootout at Lokhandwala, she took a one week
course of Film at New York University Dia wanted to complete her
graduation in Arts by correspondence, but decided to postpone it as it
was becoming difficult to juggle between the Miss Asia Pacific
Competition, modeling assignments, traveling and training. She was
assisted by Sabira Merchant on diction and etiquette; diet with Anjali
Mukherjee; gymnasium and physical fitness with Talwalkars; clothes from
Ritu Kumar and Hemant Trivedi; skin care with Dr. Jamuna Pai; and
make-up and hair-care from Bharat and Doris Godambe. She likes babies
and chocolates, her favorite dishes include Italian Pasta and Hyderabadi
Briyani. She is proficient in Urdu, Bengali, Hindi, English, and Telugu.
She currently resides on Veronica Road, Bandra (West), Mumbai. Her
shoe size is 7, she has light brown eyes, brown hair, stands 5 ft 6
intall, weighs 52 kilos, and measures 33-25-36.
She made her cinematic debut with Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein opposite R.
Madhavan. The film was not a box office success. A series of
unsuccessful films followed, among them Tumsa Nahin Dekha and
In 2005, Mirza appeared in Parineeta, a Vidhu Vinod Chopra production. .
She also played in the music video Kajara Mohabbat Wala from Sonu Nigam
album Kajara Nite.
She has also appeared in Dus and in Fight Club. She will appear later
this year in Familywala and Naa Naa Karte.
Mirza's car was seized in 2006 for alleged evasion of custom duties.
In that same year, she and fellow-actor 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.
Diya Mirza appeared with her best friends Sameer and Rhea on the reality
based game show Kaho Naa Yaar Hai on Star Plus on March 1 2008 This show
is hosted by Karan Patel
Sajid Khan also appeared on the same show with his friends as
competitors for Diya Mirza and her friends. Sajid also appeared 1 March