Preity Zinta, born as Pritam Singh Zinta on 31 January 1975 to a family from Rohru in Shimla district, Himachal Pradesh. Her father, Durganand Zinta, was an officer in the Indian Army. As the actor's father died in a car accident at the tender age of 13, which also involved her mother, Nilprabha in the tragic situation, 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.
Preity Zinta, who describes herself as having been a tomboy as a child, has emphasised her father's military background as having given her a lasting impression on how family life was to be conducted. He asserted the importance of discipline and punctuality to the children. As a student, she developed a love for literature, particularly the works of William Shakespeare and poetry. Preity Zinta has also been a sports enthusiast, and she has also confessed to participating in various sports as a child, especially in basketball.
Not many know that Preity Zinta has also earned a postgraduate degree in criminal psychology, but switched her ways and took up modelling. Zinta took up her first ever television commercial for a famous chocolate brand after meeting with a director at a friend's birthday party in 1996. The director persuaded Zinta to audition for the spot, and she was selected. Ever since then, there was no turning back for the dimpled lady. Afterwards, she also appeared in other catalogues and commercials, including one for the soap Liril.
In addition to acting, Zinta has written a series of columns for BBC News Online South Asia. The actress is a versatile talent - she is a social activist, a television presenter, and a regular stage performer. She is the founder of the production company PZNZ Media, a co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kings XI Punjab since 2008, and the owner of the South-African T20 Global League cricket team Stellenbosch Kings since 2017.
One of the reasons we don't see her on-screen often being such commitments in her personal life. Later, in 2013, the actress made a comeback with self-produced film, Ishkq in Paris, which failed to leave a mark. A stalled film, Bhaiaji Superhit, starring Sunny Deol and Shreyas Talpade also saw the day of light in 2018.
Preity Zinta is known in the Indian media for publicly speaking her mind and consequently has sparked the occasional controversy. 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.
Preity Zinta made her debut in 1998 with a supporting role in the drama Dil Se.. and also starred in the commercially successful thriller, Soldier. For the films, she won a Filmfare Award in the Best Female Debut category. Zinta featured in four films in 2003. Her first role of the year was opposite Sunny Deol in Anil Sharma's drama The Hero—the most expensive Bollywood film to that point. She played a negative role in the romantic drama Armaan, which saw her portray a rich, schizophrenic woman. Following this, she starred in two blockbusters—the science fiction film Koi... Mil Gaya and the drama Kal Ho Naa Ho. For the latter, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
Preity Zinta married her US-based boyfriend Gene Goodenough on February 29, 2016. The couple took this photo while ringing in their New Years. Goodenough is Senior Vice-President for Finance at NLine Energy, a US-based hydroelectric power company. Don't they look adorable together?
Preity Zinta's friend circle in Bollywood is actually quite big. The actress never fails to catch up with her old buddies from the industry whenever she is in the country. This picture was taken by Preity when she was in town and met her former co-stars Bobby Deol and Aamir Khan a few months ago.
This one's too, the craziest selfie of the lot! Preity Zinta and Sonam Kapoor celebrating Halloween
Preity Zinta has been close friends with Rani Mukerji. The duo has shared screen space several times.
Recently, on the evening of the Filmfare Awards, Preity was seen posing with Jaya Bachchan, Kajol and Tanisha Mukherjee. She captioned it - "Here is how you take a selfie, check it out and of course retake it."
Preity Zinta is close to her brothers Deepankar and Manish. She makes it a point to meet them and their families, including her two nieces.
Gym selfies? Of course yes! Preity Zinta is posing with her friend and trainer Yasmin Karachiwala.
We wish this dimpled beauty a very happy birthday!
Bollywood's dimpled queen and prettiest actress, Preity Zinta turns a year older. Born on 31st January 1975, the actress was away from the limelight for a while after she got married to her longtime US-based boyfriend, Gene Goodenough. But now, after the release of Bhaiaji Superhit, the actress is back to her game. So, let's have a look at her life besides the fact how she has become super active on the playground, thanks to IPL (All pics/Preity Zinta's Instagram)
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