Preity Zinta
film actress
Preity Zinta
Preity Zinta is an Indian film actress. She has appeared in Hindi films of Bollywood, as well as Telugu, Punjabi and English language films. After graduating with a degree in criminal psychology, Zinta made her acting debut in Dil Se in 1998 followed by a role in Soldier the same year. These performances earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, and she was later recognised for her role as a teenage single mother in Kya Kehna (2000).
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Relief for Preity Zinta in Rs 2 crore loan case
The Times of India - about 3 years
In a relief for actor Preity Zinta, the widow of Shandar Amrohi, Shahida, informed the high court that she would not create any third-party rights in the Bandra flat she lives in till January 20.     
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Preity Zinta moves HC, claims Rs 2 cr from Amrohi family
The Times of India - over 3 years
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Yash Chopras birth anniversary to be a grand affair
Bollywood Hungama - over 3 years
With the demise of this legend, Bollywood saw the end of a beautiful and romantic era. Now, with Yash Chopra's birth anniversary nearing, his wife Pamela Chopra will be celebrating it grandly with the film fraternity on September 27. On d-day, nine actresses who have been a part of Yash Chopra's iconic films will be walking the ramp for a fashion show which will be held at YRF studios. The divas include Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta and Katrina Kaif. The fashion show will be for India's first cinema inspired ethnic couture brand Diva'ni which is owned by YRF and KBSH.
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Preity Zinta lashes out at media
Bollywood Mantra - over 3 years
Bollywood’s dimpled actress Preity Zinta lashes out at media for wrong reporting.
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Non bailable warrant against Preity Zinta
The Times Of India - over 3 years
An Andheri court has issued a non-bailable warrant against Preity Zinta in a cheque-bounce case     
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Hit-and-run: Ambulance owner, driver held, get bail
The Times of India - almost 4 years
Three days after actor Preity Zinta alerted the police about a hit-and-run involving an ambulance, the vehicle's owner, Parshuram Kamble, and driver Prashant Mahadik were arrested on Tuesday.     
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ED grills actress Preity Zinta over investments in IPL franchise
The Times of India - almost 4 years
ED grills actress Preity Zinta over investments in IPL franchise
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Ishkq in Paris
The Times of India - over 4 years
Wow! Preity Zinta is back! One of the recent Hindi films had the lead lady mimic Preity Zinta which is when I had to come and look up her next film. She certainly couldn’t already be in the phase where there would be spoofs and tributes to her, right? After The Last Lear and Videsh it seemed like Preity Zinta had long moved on from romance. So, it was rather disappointing to find it was a Ishkq in Paris, which looks like your typical love story set in a foreign city. Only..
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Anant Goenka: The Curse of the Indian Premier League -- And the Lesson It Brings
Huffington Post - over 4 years
While I don't believe in curses and the like, I couldn't resist the title. The sale of the Deccan Chargers by ailing media conglomerate Deccan Chronicle to Mumbai-based real estate company Kamala Landmarc, and the non-bailable arrest warrant issued to the Royal Challenger's team owner Vijay Mallya by the Hyderabad court today, brings to light the fact that almost every team owner and personality associated with the Indian Premier League (IPL) are in some kind of trouble. Delhi's GMR is struggling with tax-avoidance issues and under the scanner of the CAG, Mumbai's Reliance Industries has been the most under-performing stock on the Sensex over five years (that's not as grave as the others, but within Reliance it's unheard of), Sahara -- which has flourished, unquestioned, despite its dubious sources of funding for over 20 years has been ordered to return Rs. 24,000 crores to its investors, not a single of Rajastan Royal's owner Raj Kundra's new businesses of the past f ...
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Preity Zinta speaks about 'Ishkq in Paris'
The Times of India - over 4 years
Preity Zinta speaks about 'Ishkq in Paris'
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Ishkq In Paris
Bollywood Hungama - over 4 years
EXPECTATIONS There are good expectations from the music of Ishkq In Paris. After all, director Prem Raj had ensured some good melodies in his debut flick Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna ('Don't Say Alvida' stays on to be one of the best melodies created by Sajid-Wajid) and with the composer duo returning with Ishkq In Paris, one expects a lilting outing. Meanwhile, multiple lyricists come together to lend words for five songs in the album. MUSIC Album gets a good start with 'It's All About Tonight'. What makes this club song special are the portions in French (written by Sophie Choudry) which are seductive to the core and go down perfectly with the Paris setting of the film. Soon Sunidhi Chauhan comes to the fore and she gets just the right attitude in place to sing for Preity Zinta on whom the song is picturised. There is a good amalgamation of rhythm and melody here and the simplistic tune only makes this Priya Panchal written song all the more catchy. Rahul Vaidya is heard only briefly ...
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Hail the woman power in Bollywood
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
Femme fatales are here to change your notion about Bollywood being male dominated. In a departure from the norms, at least four big Bollywood movies have taken the bold step to not just lead with a woman as the central character but also highlight them on the publicity posters. While Bipasha Basu’s latest release Raaz 3 that also stars Emraan Hashmi did a good opening this Friday, all eyes are now on Kareena Kapoor’s Heroine releasing on September 21. Preity Zinta’s Ishkq In Paris on October 5 and Rani Mukerji’s Aiyaa on October 12 follow. Trade pundits see this as a positive trend. “The audience has become intelligent as now they don’t watch a film just for the hero. Instead, they swear by the content,” says Taran Adarsh, trade analyst, according to the Hindustan Times. Vidya Balan seems to have set the ball rolling with solo hits such as No One Killed Jessica, Kahaani and her national award winning The Dirty Picture. “Indeed Vidya set this tre ...
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Preity Zinta twists ankle in paparazzi 'assault'
Daily News and Analysis - over 4 years
The actress says she was greeted by 'the shock of 40 camera flashes' when she arrived at the Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport and ended up twisting her ankle due to the paparazzi's attempt to photograph her.
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Piping Hot News
Bollywood Hungama - over 4 years
* 5 October seems like the most in-demand date to release a film. As of now, the producers of four films -- ENGLISH VINGLISH, ISHKQ IN PARIS, JAYANTA BHAI KI LUV STORY and KLPD KISMET LOVE PAISA DILLI -- have zeroed on that date. In fact, Preity Zinta [ISHKQ IN PARIS] and Amit Chandra [KLPD - KISMET LOVE PAISA DILLI] are launching the promo of their respective films on Thursday, 9 August. The promos will also announce 5 October as the release date. * Sunny Leone will begin filming Ekta Kapoor's RAGINI MMS 2 from December/January. * Since both SHOOTOUT AT WADALA and RACE 2 star Anil Kapoor and John Abraham in pivotal roles, there's talk that SHOOTOUT AT WADALA, which was slated for release on 18 January 2013, will be shifted to another date. Most probably, April. * Contrary to the news doing the rounds of the industry, SON OF SARDAAR has *not* been postponed. It's arriving on 13 November [Diwali].
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Preity Zinta puts on dancing shoes
Daily News and Analysis - over 4 years
The actress may not be the best dancer in B-Town, but she’s certainly one of the cutest one, according to choreographer Saroj Khan.
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Big B admires Preity's guts, drive
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
MUMBAI: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is all praises for Preity Zinta’s frankness and her guts to survive in a “cruel” world without any help. “I have always admired Preity for her drive and guts in a world that can be most cruel to a single girl. But just look at the way she has managed her career, all alone, without any traditional assistance from the industry,” Amitabh wrote on his blog “She is frank and painfully honest and outspoken to the ‘o’, and that is an admirable quality for a girl that had to face some rather tragic and unfortunate events very early in her life.” “She put her hand into business, knew nothing about it, but was determined to educate herself. So she went across to US for a short course in business management at a prestigious college (Harvard Business School) and came back wiser, educated and a lot more confident and not for a moment keeping too far away from her profession of choice – films!” he added. T ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Preity Zinta
  • 2016
    Age 41
    On 29 February 2016, Zinta married her long-time American partner Gene Goodenough at a private ceremony in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Goodenough is Senior Vice President for Finance at NLine Energy, a US-based hydroelectric power company.
  • 2015
    Age 40
    In 2015, Zinta featured as a talent judge for the seventh season of the dance reality show Nach Baliye.
    More Details Hide Details During her years in the film industry, Zinta has been involved with different charitable organisations and has particularly supported women's causes in India, for instance protesting against female infanticide. She has also participated in AIDS awareness drives and campaigns to clean up Mumbai.
    As of December 2015, Zinta is currently filming for Neeraj Pathak's action comedy Bhaiyyaji Superhitt.
    More Details Hide Details She will be seen opposite Sunny Deol in the role of an aggressive Varanasi-based wife.
  • 2014
    Age 39
    Author and columnist Shobhaa De, while commending her for lodging a molestation complaint against Ness Wadia in 2014, expressed concern regarding Zinta's repeated quest for justice, believing it could eventually play against her: "India is not terribly kind to strong-willed, outspoken women who are dubbed 'trouble makers' if they dare to raise their voices, especially against men.
    More Details Hide Details Zinta is such a woman." Her characteristic dimple has been cited by the media as her trademark. At the beginning of her career, she was often described by the press as having a vivacious personality and a bubbly, outgoing persona, an image she had confessed to disliking. According to film critic Sukanya Verma, Zinta's energetic nature extends from her real-life into her appearances in films and is an integral part of her technique. In an article discussing Hindi film actresses and their flair for comedy, Verma wrote, "What can you say about an actress who giggles non-stop in a tone that is anything but prim and propah? She is carefree. She is animated. She talks non-stop. She laughs all the time. She has a chilled out sense of humour. And a tomboyish streak too. Preity Zinta is all that and more. All this greatly contributes to her style of acting."
    On June 13, 2014, Zinta filed a complaint to the Mumbai police against Ness Wadia alleging he had molested, threatened and abused her at an IPL match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 30 May.
    More Details Hide Details Wadia has denied the allegations.
  • 2012
    Age 37
    In December 2012, Zinta returned to the stage with the Temptation Reloaded concert in Jakarta (joined by Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji and Bipasha Basu).
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  • 2011
    Age 36
    In 2011, Zinta made her television debut as the host of the show Guinness World Records – Ab India Todega on Colors Channel.
    More Details Hide Details An Indian version of Guinness Book of World Records, the show premiered on 18 March to an audience measurement of 3.3 rating points, which made it occupy the 7th position on the chart of celebrity-driven reality shows on Hindi entertainment channels. In a four-star review for Hindustan Times, critic Rachana Dubey wrote, "Preity is a riot. She’s vivacious and knows exactly when she needs to be serious and when she can crack jokes." Later that year, Zinta started hosting the celebrity-based chat show Up Close & Personal with PZ, shot at her own penthouse in Mumbai and broadcast on the newly launched channel UTV Stars. The first episode aired on 3 September.
    Following Heaven on Earth, Zinta took a two-year sabbatical from films, later explaining that she had chosen to focus on her work with her cricket team. In 2011 she launched her own production company, PZNZ Media.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later and following numerous delays, she starred in her first film under the banner—the Prem Raj-directed romantic comedy Ishkq in Paris, which she also co-wrote. An Indo-French collaboration, the film saw Zinta as a half-Indian half-French Parisian woman alongside Rhehan Malliek and Isabelle Adjani. Zinta's role required her to learn French and follow a strict diet and fitness regime, for which she hired the services of celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson. Whilst the film bombed at the box office and received mostly negative reviews, Zinta's performance attracted a mixed critical reception. Sonia Chopra of Sify called her "hugely likeable", and added that she is a "good actress, astute producer and... writer." Shilpa Jamkhandikar from Deccan Herald, critical of both the film and Zinta's work, concluded a scathing review by calling it "a mediocre film, one that was supposed to showcase one of our favourite leading ladies, but instead just shows us what a shadow of her past she’s become."
  • 2010
    Age 35
    In 2010, Time magazine selected her as one of the candidates for its list of the world's 100 most influential people.
    More Details Hide Details She was the only Indian actress nominated for the poll and eventually did not make it to the final list, ranked at 144. This was followed, however, by a marked period of decline in her popularity when she restricted her work in films, which was further decreased with the debacle of her self-produced comeback vehicle. Among Zinta's film awards are two Filmfare Awards—Best Female Debut for Dil Se.. and Soldier, and Best Actress for Kal Ho Naa Ho.
    In October 2010, Zinta was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of East London.
    More Details Hide Details It was awarded in honour of both her cultural contribution and her humanitarian work, with the citation describing her as "an international actress, pioneering star of Hindi cinema and devoted humanitarian. Preity has carved a path for women to follow." Along with Ness Wadia, Mohit Burman and others, Zinta acquired ownership rights in 2008 for the Mohali-based Twenty20 cricket team of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The group paid $76 million to acquire the franchise, and had since named the team Kings XI Punjab. Until 2009, Zinta was the only woman to own an IPL team, and was the league's youngest owner. She has been involved with launching ticket sales and promoting the team. She said, "My involvement with the team is total. I am extremely passionate about our team and I do believe that I am the team's good luck factor, so I want to be there for everything."
    In January 2010, Zinta was appointed the brand ambassador of The Loomba Trust, an organisation that works for the welfare of widows and their children.
    More Details Hide Details She said, having lost her father at 13, she could relate to the problems faced by widowed women. Later in the year, she joined the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) as their Goodwill Ambassador in India, to promote public awareness on HIV prevention, treatment and support, with emphasis on women and children, and combat discrimination against it. Speaking of her appointment, Zinta expressed hope to be "the voice for the voiceless" and bring about a "transformation in the minds of people" through collaborative work.
  • 2009
    Age 34
    In 2009, on her 34th birthday, Zinta adopted 34 girls from the Mother Miracle orphanage in Rishikesh and took the responsibility of financially supporting their education, food and clothing.
    More Details Hide Details She expressed her excitement at doing so: "I've adopted 34 girls. I'll be looking after their entire upbringing from education to food, clothes etc. You've no idea how wonderful it feels to hear the excited chatter of all these girls together."
  • 2006
    Age 31
    In September 2006, the UK magazine Eastern Eye ranked her among "Asia's Sexiest Women".
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    At first she attended the 2006 Film Festival along with filmmaker Karan Johar to represent the Hindi film industry and promote Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, returning in later years as the brand ambassador of Chopard, the maker of luxury watches and jewellery.
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    Between 2006 and 2008 Zinta made three consecutive appearances at the Cannes Film Festival.
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    Zinta used to visit her native town Shimla when she was not busy shooting. In 2006, she moved into her own home in Mumbai.
    More Details Hide Details She does not identify with any particular religion. In an interview with The Times of India, she comments, "I believe in good deeds, in karma, I don't believe in going to temples. For me, religion is very personal. It's all about having faith... We have heard and read that all religions are equal. Now I am increasingly believing in this." She narrowly escaped death twice in late 2004: first after an explosion at a Temptation concert in Colombo, Sri Lanka; and second during the Indian Ocean earthquake. Zinta has been the subject of several controversies. In 2003, as a witness in the Bharat Shah case, she testified against the Indian mafia. Bharat Shah, the financer of one of her films, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, was arrested in 2000 for having connections with Chhota Shakeel, a Mumbai underworld boss. Unlike several of her colleagues, Zinta repeated in court her earlier statement that she had received extortion threats from the mafia during the shooting of the film. After her testimony, she was given witness protection and was forced to stay out of the public eye for two months. Thirteen other witnesses before her, including celebrities Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan, were witnesses in the case but later retracted their earlier statements. Zinta was the only witness who did not become hostile to the prosecution; the nation responded positively to her actions.
    Zinta's next release of 2006 was Shirish Kunder's romantic musical Jaan-E-Mann, a story set in the United States about two men, played by Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, who love the same woman.
    More Details Hide Details The film opened to mixed reviews from critics and its eventual box-office profit was poor. Zinta played the role of Piya, the cynosure of two men. She was mostly criticised for taking a role of minimal importance, though her performance was generally well received. Raja Sen labelled her role an "ornament throughout," but further stated that she "comes vividly alive in the film's last scene, a moment that makes you lament why filmmakers today don't let the babyfaced actress have more fun instead of forcing her to sob copiously. She doesn't have much to do in Jaan-E-Mann, but looks appropriately attractive." Zinta said that the film was a great relief after the more emotionally intense Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, as Jaan-E-Mann was "easy, happy and much more simple". In 2007, Zinta portrayed a British Pakistani woman, Alvira Khan, in her third project with Yash Raj Films, Shaad Ali's comedy Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, alongside Abhishek Bachchan, Bobby Deol and Lara Dutta. The film was a critical and commercial failure in India, and several critics panned her performance; The Times of India described her as "too plastic" and concluded, "From accent to emotion, Preity is plain and simple insufferable in this film."
  • 2005
    Age 30
    Zinta dated the Bombay Dyeing heir, businessman Ness Wadia from February 2005 until May 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Their relationship was often reported on by the media, with frequent speculation about an engagement or a break-up.
    In 2005, along with other Bollywood stars, Zinta performed at the HELP!
    More Details Hide Details Telethon Concert raising money for the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The following year, as an ambassador of the Godfrey Phillips National Bravery Movement, Zinta attended a blood donation camp organised by the Rotary Club of Delhi and the Godfrey Phillips Awards. She lent her support to the cause of women's empowerment and promoted blood donation. She said, "Donating blood doesn't kill one but goes on to save somebody's life. Once blood is donated it becomes universal and might be used by anyone in need, irrespective of community, caste or region. It binds people together." In 2007, Zinta visited Hisar, Haryana, where she spent a day at the army training base to boost the morale of the jawan troops. The visit was conducted for an NDTV show, Jai Jawan, on which entertainers and actors visit Indian troops. While there, she also met children with disabilities at a special school maintained by the army. In August, along with Mumbai-based artist Gurcharan Singh, Zinta painted for the cause of street children for the non-governmental organisation Khushi. In December, she joined the efforts of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to curb human trafficking in India. She spoke on behalf of awareness against the practice, the need for protection and rehabilitation for those rescued from it, and punishment for perpetrators.
  • 2004
    Age 29
    Zinta's largest world tour was in 2004, when she joined a group of stars (Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Rampal and Priyanka Chopra) in the Temptation 2004 tour.
    More Details Hide Details Showcased in over 22 countries across the world, it became Bollywood's most prominent international concert. In 2006, Zinta was part of the Heat 2006 world tour, along with Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Sushmita Sen and Celina Jaitley. The Unforgettable Tour (2008) saw Zinta performing with the Bachchan family and Ritesh Deshmukh in a 40-day show staged in 11 cities across North America, Europe and the Caribbean.
    Her fourth and final column, titled "Facing death in Sri Lanka and Thailand", described her two near-death experiences in late 2004.
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    Her first column, "The changing face of Bollywood", published in January 2004, discussed the evolution of Bollywood in the past decade.
    More Details Hide Details The column became one of the site's ten most read stories of the day. In her second column, "Odds stacked against Indian women", Zinta analysed the eve teasing phenomenon in India, and criticised those who practice it. She wrote, "Incidences like these take away a woman's dignity, her space and her freedom why the state is so helpless in protecting the women. Why should women feel unsafe in a country which had an internationally revered woman prime minister?" The column caught the attention of readers worldwide, and she received thousands of e-mails about it. It was applauded particularly by women for its stand against abuse of Indian women. Her third column, "The darkness that all actors fear", was a more personal column and dealt with her stardom, fans, insecurity and fears as an actor.
    In 2004, Zinta joined a group of South Asian commentators for BBC News Online.
    More Details Hide Details She expressed joy at participating in the project, saying, "I am pretty outspoken and have my own view on every subject. So it will be a good platform for me to air my views."
    In 2004 she starred as TV journalist Romila Dutta in Farhan Akhtar's war drama Lakshya, alongside Hrithik Roshan.
    More Details Hide Details The film was based on the historical events of the 1999 Kargil War; Zinta's character was modelled after TV journalist Barkha Dutt, the only female reporter who covered the conflict. The film was a critical success, yet her performance received mixed reviews; Namarata Joshi of Outlook likened her to "a teenybopper trying to do a TV newsreading skit for her college fest" and concluded, "Zinta has quite a good role and a good deal of footage in the film, and she does a fairly decent job of it without ever being spectacular." Later that year, Yash Chopra cast her opposite Shahrukh Khan as the female lead in the love saga Veer-Zaara, the top-grossing Hindi film of that year both in India and abroad, with revenues of over worldwide. The film, which relates the love story of an Indian officer, Veer Pratap Singh, and a Pakistani woman, Zaara Haayat Khan, had a strong international release, including a screening at the Berlin Film Festival, and won several Best Movie awards at major Indian award functions. For her portrayal of Zaara, a role which required her to master the fine nuances of Urdu language, Zinta received her fourth Filmfare Best Actress nomination. Variety hailed her as "the most interesting young actress of her generation," writing that she "is her usual lively self as the willful Zaara." Veer-Zaara was Zinta's second highest-grossing film and third major success in two consecutive years.
  • 2003
    Age 28
    Zinta's final release of 2003 was Kal Ho Naa Ho, a tear-jerking romantic drama set in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details It was directed by Nikhil Advani and written by Karan Johar, co-starring Jaya Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan. The film was received favourably by critics and became India's second-biggest hit of the year after Koi... Mil Gaya. It also did well internationally and became India's top-grossing film of the year overseas, earning over worldwide. Zinta played the role of Naina Catherine Kapur, an insecure and angry young Indian-American woman who falls in love with a man who has a fatal heart disease. She won several awards for her performance, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Writing for Stardust, critic Ram Kamal Mukherjee asserted that the movie rested "wholly and solely" on Zinta's "astounding performance", further noting her for having "skillfully handled the hues of the complex character." Derek Elley of Variety wrote, "Zinta, who's been carving a growing following the past three years or so, has never been better, definitively moving from juve roles to a charismatic young woman with her sexy, assured Naina."
    Zinta was the female lead in India's three highest-grossing films of 2003: The Hero: Love Story of a Spy, Koi...
    More Details Hide Details Mil Gaya and Kal Ho Naa Ho. The Hero, co-starring Sunny Deol and Priyanka Chopra, is a patriotic drama about a spy network involving terrorists and an Indian army officer. Zinta played the part of Reshma, a villager who falls in love with the officer and becomes part of this network. The film, involving stunts never seen before in the cinematic history of Bollywood, became the most expensive Hindi film ever produced at the time. Despite being the third highest-grossing film of that year, it failed to recover its production costs at the box office. She next starred in Honey Irani's directorial debut, Armaan, alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Anil Kapoor. This drama is set in a hospital and follows the travails of its personnel and its principal, Dr. Akash, who struggles arduously to sustain the institution financially. Zinta played Akash's schizophrenic wife Sonia Kapoor, a role written specially for her and which she liked because it let her "give vent to all her frustrations". The film received predominantly positive reviews, and Zinta was particularly praised. Khalid Mohamed called her a "peppy scene-stealer, achieving her manic mood swings dexterously." For her performance, she received nominations for Best Performance in a Negative Role at different award ceremonies, including Filmfare.
    These controversies include her being the only witness not to retract in court her earlier statements against the Indian mafia during the 2003 Bharat Shah case, for which she was awarded the Godfrey Phillips National Bravery Award.
    More Details Hide Details Zinta was born into a family from Rohru in Shimla district, Himachal Pradesh. Her father, Durganand Zinta, was an officer in the Indian Army. He died in a car accident when she was 13 years old; the accident also involved her mother, Nilprabha, who was severely injured and consequently remained bedridden for two years. Zinta called the tragic accident and her father's death a significant turning point in her life, which forced her to mature rapidly. She has two brothers; Deepankar and Manish, a year older and a year younger respectively. Deepankar is a commissioned officer in the Indian Army, while Manish lives in California. Zinta, who describes herself as a tomboy as a child, has emphasised her father's military background as having a lasting impression on how family life was conducted. He asserted the importance of discipline and punctuality to the children. She studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary boarding school in Shimla. Although she confesses to loneliness in the boarding school, she noted that it was compensated by her finding a " perfect set of friends" there. As a student, she developed a love for literature, particularly the works of William Shakespeare and poetry. According to Zinta, she enjoyed schoolwork and received good grades; in her free time she played sports, especially basketball.
    Zinta received the Filmfare Award for Best Actress in 2003 for her performance in the romantic drama Kal Ho Naa Ho.
    More Details Hide Details She went on to play the lead female role in two consecutive annual top-grossing films in India, the science fiction film Koi... Mil Gaya (2003), which is her biggest commercial success, and the star-crossed romance Veer-Zaara (2004), which earned her critical acclaim. She was later noted for her portrayal of independent, modern Indian women in Salaam Namaste (2005) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), top-grossing productions in overseas markets. These accomplishments have established her as a leading actress of Hindi cinema. Her first international film role was in the Canadian film Heaven on Earth, for which she was awarded the Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival. In addition to acting in films, Zinta has written a series of columns for BBC News Online South Asia, is a social activist, a television presenter, and a regular stage performer. She is the founder of the production company PZNZ Media and, along with ex-boyfriend Ness Wadia, a co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kings XI Punjab. She is known in the Indian media for publicly speaking her mind and openly expressing her opinions, and consequently has sparked the occasional controversy.
  • 2002
    Age 27
    In 2002, Zinta collaborated once again with director Kundan Shah, as the protagonist in the family drama Dil Hai Tumhaara, alongside Rekha, Mahima Chaudhry and Arjun Rampal.
    More Details Hide Details She played Shalu, an adopted daughter craving love, a role she identified with due to its rebellious nature. Billed as a star vehicle for Zinta, Dil Hai Tumhaara did not succeed financially, but her portrayal was uniformly acclaimed by critics, with those critical of the film marking her presence as its main highlight. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama noted, " Preity Zinta, in an author-backed role steals the show with a sterling performance. Her scenes with Rekha (second half) and Alok Nath (pre-climax) are simply outstanding. Here's a performance that is sure to win accolades from the junta and critics whole-heartedly."
  • 2001
    Age 26
    The show faced early cancellation due to the 11 September 2001 attacks, and the team prepared to return to India as soon as possible.
    More Details Hide Details However, the shows continued successfully in Canada. In 2002, she participated in the show From India With Love in the UK, along with Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai. It took place at two outdoor venues, Manchester's Old Trafford and London's Hyde Park, with over 100,000 spectators.
    Three more 2001 releases featured Zinta, including Abbas-Mustan's romantic drama Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, which was released after a one-year delay due to the trial of producer Bharat Shah.
    More Details Hide Details This film was one of the first Bollywood films to address the controversial issue of surrogate childbirth. Zinta played the role of Madhubala, a golden-hearted prostitute hired as a surrogate mother. Initially reluctant to play the part, she eventually accepted it at the directors' persuasion and, to prepare for it, visited several bars and nightclubs at Mumbai's red-light areas to study the lingo and mannerisms of sex-workers. She received a second Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Filmfare Awards for her performance, of which reviewer Sukanya Verma wrote, "Preity Zinta, who clearly has the meatiest part of all, makes the best of it. Her transformation from the cocky and unabashed prostitute to a sensitive and warm person is amazingly believable."
    In 2001, Zinta earned positive reviews for her role in Farhan Akhtar's National Film Award-winning Dil Chahta Hai.
    More Details Hide Details Depicting the contemporary routine life of Indian affluent youth, it is set in modern-day urban Mumbai and focuses on a major period of transition in the lives of three young friends (Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna). Zinta starred as Aamir Khan's love interest, Shalini. Dil Chahta Hai was popular with critics, some of whom noted it broke new ground by introducing a realistic portrayal of Indian youth. The film was a moderate box-office success in India; it performed well in the big cities but failed in the rural areas, which was attributed by critics to the urban-oriented lifestyle it presented. wrote of Zinta that she " is beautiful and vibrant, wavering between endearingly naive and confused".
  • 2000
    Age 25
    Tabloids have often linked Zinta romantically with other Bollywood stars, but she has strongly denied any such rumours. In 2000, Zinta began dating model Marc Robinson.
    More Details Hide Details They separated the following year, and according to Zinta remained on good terms. Asked in Filmfare about their break-up, she spoke of "Very, very fond memories of the times we were together and I'd like to keep it to that".
    Zinta's first role in 2000 was in the drama Kya Kehna, which unexpectedly became a box-office success.
    More Details Hide Details The film addressed themes of single parenthood and teenage pregnancy, and gained Zinta wider recognition from the public as well as film critics. Her portrayal of Priya Bakshi, a teenage single mother who fights social prejudice, earned her several award nominations, including her first nomination for Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards. Anupama Chopra from India Today reported that Zinta belonged to a new breed of Hindi film actors that breaks away from character stereotypes. Later that year, Zinta starred in Vidhu Vinod Chopra's drama Mission Kashmir alongside Sanjay Dutt and Hrithik Roshan. Set in the valley of Kashmir during the Indo-Pakistani conflicts, the film dealt with the topic of terrorism and crime. Zinta's role was that of Sufiya Parvez, a TV reporter and Roshan's childhood love. A review in The Hindu said about her performance, "Preity Zinta is her usual cherubic self and lends colour to the otherwise serious proceedings". It was an economic success, becoming the third-highest-grossing film of the year in India.
    Zinta commenced shooting for Kundan Shah's Kya Kehna, whose release was delayed until 2000.
    More Details Hide Details The delay of another film, Soldier, meant that her first release was Dil Se.. (1998) opposite Shahrukh Khan and Manisha Koirala. She was introduced as Preeti Nair, a middle-class Delhi girl and Khan's fiancée. The film was considered an unusual launch for a newcomer, as her role called for only 20 minutes of screen time. However, she was eventually noticed for her role, particularly for the forthright character she played. Her scene with Khan, in which she asked him, "Are you a virgin?", became well-known, and her portrayal earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She played her first leading role in the action-drama Soldier (1998), a commercial hit of the year. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her performance in both Dil Se.. and Soldier.
  • 1998
    Age 23
    After graduating with a degree in criminal psychology, Zinta made her acting debut in Dil Se.. in 1998 followed by a role in Soldier the same year.
    More Details Hide Details These performances earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, and she was later recognised for her role as a teenage single mother in Kya Kehna (2000). She subsequently established a career with a variety of character types; her film roles along with her screen persona have been credited with contributing to a change in the concept of a Hindi film heroine, and won her several accolades.
  • 1997
    Age 22
    In 1997, Zinta met Shekhar Kapur when she accompanied a friend to an audition, and was asked if she would audition too.
    More Details Hide Details Upon seeing her audition, Kapur insisted that she become an actress. She was originally scheduled to make her screen debut in Kapur's Tara Rum Pum Pum opposite Hrithik Roshan, but the filming was cancelled. Kapur later recommended her for director Mani Ratnam's Dil Se... Zinta often recalls that when she joined the film industry, her friends teased her that she would typically "wear white saris and dance in the rain", thereby motivating her to play different parts.
  • 1996
    Age 21
    Zinta's first television commercial was for Perk chocolates, the result of a chance meeting with a director at a friend's birthday party in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details The director persuaded Zinta to audition for the spot, and she was selected. Afterwards, she appeared in other catalogues and commercials, including one for the soap Liril.
  • 1975
    Age 0
    Born on January 31, 1975.
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