Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza, Hindi: दिया मिर्ज़ा Telugu దియా మీర్జా [2] or Diya Mirza Handrich,[3] nicknamed Dee, (born 9 December 1981) is a former Indian model and actress who appears in Bollywood films. She was second runner up at Femina Miss India 2000 and was subsequently sent to Miss Asia Pacific 2000 where she won.

Dia Mirza was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. Her father, Frank Handrich, was a German interior designer from Munich and her mother is Deepa, a Bengali Indian.[4] They separated when she was six years old. Her father died when she was nine and her mother remarried Ahmed Mirza[5] who died in 2004.[6] She adopted her stepfather's Muslim surname.

She stated that she suffered from "low self-esteem" and severe depression as a child.[7] When living in Khairatabad, Hyderabad, she attended Vidyaranya High School For Boys And Girls, a school based on the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti, and later Nasr School, in Kushnuma

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.[9] She is proficient in Telugu, Urdu, Bengali, Hindi, English.[10] She currently resides on Veronica Road, Bandra (West), Mumbai.[11]

She made her cinematic debut with Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein opposite R. Madhavan.[12] The film was not a box office success. A series of unsuccessful films followed, among them Tumsa Nahin Dekha and Deewaanapan.

In 2005, Mirza appeared in Parineeta, a Vidhu Vinod Chopra production. She also played in the music video Kajara Mohabbat Wala alongside Sonu Nigam from the album Kajara Nite. The album contained multiple remixes, but was mainly advertised with the title song, sang by Sonu Nigam and Alisha Chinai.[13]

She has also appeared in the movie Dus and in Fight Club. She will appear later this year in Familywala and Naa Naa Karte. Dia was the only female actor among the key 6 characters in the movie Acid Factory. She plays a femme fatale who is also a gangster, in the film.[14]

Mirza's car was seized in 2006 for alleged evasion of custom duties.[15] 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:[16]

2001     Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein    
2001     Deewaanapan    
2002     Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge        
2003     Tehzeeb     Nazneen Jamal    
2003     Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye        
2003     Dum     Kaveri    
2004     Stop!     Shama    
2004     Tumsa Nahin Dekha    
2004     Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na    
2005     Naam Gum Jaayega        
2005     Blackmail        
2005     Parineeta    
2005     Dus     Anu Dheer    
2005     Koi Mera Dil Mein Hain        
2006     Fight Club - Members Only    
2006     Alag     Purva Rana    
2006     Lage Raho Munna Bhai    
2006     Prateeksha    
2007     Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.        
2007     Shootout at Lokhandwala        
2007     Cash     Aditi    
2007     Heyy Babyy        
2007     Om Shanti Om    
2007     Dus Kahaniyaan     Sia    
2008     Krazzy 4     Shikha    
2008     Kaho Naa Yaar Hai     Herself    
2009     Kissan     Priya    
2009     Jai Veeru     Anna    
2009     Acid Factory        
2009     Kabhi Bhi Kahin Bhi        
2009     Alibaug        
2009     Naa Naa Karte        
2009     Familywala        

2009     Bidhaatar Lekha     Ria    
2009     Kayanaat        
2009     Bits & Pieces        
2009     Aankh Micholi        
2009     Fruit and Nut             
2009     Kurbaan     Rihana )    
2010     Shoebite

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