Preity Zinta

Active - 1998 - 2014  |   Born - Jan 31, 1975 in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India  |   Genres - Musical, Drama, Romance, Comedy Drama

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Biography by Cammila Collar

Beloved Bollywood actress Preity Zinta originally planned on a much different career, majoring in criminal psychology at Bombay University. Shortly after graduating, she began modeling and appearing in commercials, eventually accompanying a friend to an audition for a film where she auditioned as well, setting her on the path to become an actress herself. She began appearing in many Indian films, garnering not just tremendous commercial success but accumulating praise from critics as well. She appeared in films like 2003's The Hero: Love Story of a Spy, and in 2004 she appeared in Veer-Zaara. Another particularly successful hit for Zinta came in 2007 with the romantic comedy Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. In 2005, she began dating Ness Wadia, heir to the wealthy Bombay Dyeing company.

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  • Through a chance encounter she was cast for a chocolate advert, which was her first acting endeavour.
  • Debuted on the big screen in Dil Se.. (1998) opposite Sharukh Khan.
  • Won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003).
  • Co-owner of the Twenty20 Indian Premier League cricket team Kings XI Punjab.
  • Goodwill Ambassador in India for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.