Diya Mirza is another of those stars who have taken the track much traveled by many others – modeling followed by a trial at films. In spite of having gone through major separations as a child and the consequent traumas, this young actress earns the credit of making it big in the world. Her ancestry is Indo-German, her father being Frank Handrich an interior designer of Jewish ancestry and her mother a Bengali. The couple separated when Diya was just six and when she was nine her father passed away. Her mother remarried. Diya took the surname of her step father, Ahmed Mirza. He passed away in 2004. The much lacerated Diya emerged slowly but steadily while studying in Vidyaranya High School for Boys and Girls, a school based on the teachings of J Krishnamurti, and later Naser School in Kushnuma. She took a one-week course on films from the University of New York. The December 1981-born Diya became a model and earned the Miss India Pacific title for the year 2000. She was also second runner up in the Miss India 2000 beauty contest.
Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein is Mirza’s first film. The film was not a success. Unfortunately her subsequent films like Tumsa Nahin Dekha and Deewaanapan also followed suit. Mirza appeared in Parineeta, a Vidhu Vinod Chopra production and played in the music video Kajara Mohabbat Wala opposite Sonu Nigam (Kajara Nite). Other films to her name are Alibaug, Krazzy 4, Kabhi Bhi Kahin Bhi, Dus Kahaniyaan, Heyy Babyy, Cash, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Honeymoon Travels, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Alag, Phir Hera Pheri, Fight Club, Prateeksha, Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai, Naam Gum Jaayega, Blackmail, Stop!,Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na, Tehzeeb, Pran Jaaye Par Shaan Na Jaaye, Dum, Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge, Deewaanapan, Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein