Birthday special: 10 memorable roles of Preity Zinta

Updated: 06 February, 2017 12:16 IST
  • 'Dil Se..' (1998)
    Shekhar Kapur had recommended Preity Zinta's name to director Mani Ratnam for 'Dil Se..'. Despite having only 20 minutes of screen time, she made an impact with her strong character role. Her portrayal earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her performance in both 'Dil Se..' and 'Soldier' (1998). Pic/YouTube
  • 'Sangharsh' (1999)
    'Sangharsh', based on 'The Silence of the Lambs' (1991), saw Preity essay the character of Reet Oberoi, a CBI officer who falls in love with a prisoner (Akshay Kumar). Though the film failed to garner box-office success, her performance was critically acclaimed. Pic/YouTube
  • 'Kya Kehna!' (2000)
    Based on single parenting and teenage pregnancy, 'Kya Kehna!' remains to be one of Preity Zinta's best performances on celluloid. 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. Pic/YouTube
  • 'Mission Kashmir' (2000)
    The film dealt with terrorism in Kashmir during the Indo-Pakistani conflict. Preity essayed the role of Sufiya Parvez, a TV reporter and Hrithik Roshan's childhood love. Her role lent a much-needed change to the audience from the otherwise serious theme of the film. Her chemistry with Hrithik appealed to the viewers and the duo went on to act together in several films later. Pic/YouTube
  • 'Dil Chahta Hai' (2001)
    The film garnered a cult status and was lauded for its realistic portrayal of Indian youth and urban lifestyle. Preity was liked by the critics and audience alike for her role as the curly-haired Shalini who is Aamir Khan's love interest in the film. Pic/YouTube
  • 'Koi… Mil Gaya' (2003)
    'Koi... Mil Gaya' is Preity Zinta's biggest commercial success till date. Preity played the role of Nisha, a young woman who befriends Hrithik Roshan, a developmentally disabled young man who comes in contact with an alien. She received the Best Actress nomination at the Filmfare Awards for her performance. Pic/YouTube
  • 'Kal Ho Naa Ho' (2003)
    2003 was clearly the year for Preity Zinta as 'Kal Ho Naa Ho' went on to become the year's second biggest hit after 'Koi... Mil Gaya'. Preity played the role of Naina Catherine Kapur, the straight-haired and bespectacled beauty, who falls in love with a man (Shah Rukh Khan) who has a fatal heart disease. She won several awards for her performance as the insecure and angry young Naina, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Pic/YouTube
  • 'Veer Zaara' (2004)
    Set against the backdrop of India-Pak conflict, the film follows the unfortunate love story of an Indian Air Force pilot, Squadron Leader Veer Pratap Singh and a Pakistani woman hailing from a rich political family of Lahore, Zaara Hayat Khan, who are separated for 22 years. For her portrayal of Zaara, a role which required her to master the nuances of Urdu, Preity received her fourth Filmfare Best Actress nomination. Pic/Santa Banta
  • 'Salaam Namaste' (2005)
    The film revolves around a contemporary couple in a live-in relationship and their subsequent struggle with an unexpected pregnancy. Preity Zinta garnered rave reviews for her role as the strong-headed female protagonist Ambar Malhotra. Her coming-of-age performance earned her nominations for Best Actress at several award shows. Pic/Santa Banta
  • 'Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna' (2006)
    Preity Zinta played the role of Rhea Saran, an ambitious fashion magazine editor in this love drama which featured an ensemble star cast. She successfully shed her age-old tag of a 'bubbly' actress and walked away with a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress with her no-nonsense strong-headed character portrayal. Pic/Santa Banta
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As the dimpled diva turns 42, we take a look at Preity Zinta's journey in Bollywood so far and 10 memorable performances that helped her establish a successful career in films

First Published: 31 January, 2017 09:51 IST