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Preity Zinta

Date of Birth

31 January
Birth place
Shimla,Himachal Pradesh,India
Star Sign

Preity Zinta Height

5′ 5″
Eye colour
Light Brown
Durganand Zinta
Nilaprabha Zinta
Deepankar Zinta,Manish Zinta
College Days
St.Bedes College,Bombay University
Best movies
Dil Se, Soldier, Dil Chahta Hai, Koi…Mil Gaya, Kal Ho Na Ho,Veer-Zaara
First Ad
Lyril soap
Best Debut in 1998, Best actress in 2003

First movie

Dil Se, with Shahrukh Khan
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Favourite Actor:  Guru Dutt, Sanjay Dutt, Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan
Favourite Actress:  Madhubala, Waheeda Rehman, Sridevi
Favourite Color:  electric blue
Favourite Hollywood Actress:  Al Pacino
Favourite Perfumes:  Envy, Gucci for Men
Favourite Cloths:  string pyjamas and anything comfortable
Hobbies:  Fitness

 Preity Zinta (born 31 January 1975) 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). She subsequently played a variety of
character types; her film roles along with her screen persona contributed to a change in
the concept of a Hindi film heroine.
 Zinta received a Filmfare Award for Best Actress in 2003 for her performance in the
drama Kal Ho Naa Ho. 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, her biggest
commercial success, and the star-crossed romance Veer-Zaara, which earned her critical
acclaim. She was later noted for her portrayal of independent, modern Indian women in
Salaam Namaste and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, 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 movie acting, Zinta has written a series of columns for BBC News Online
South Asia, is a television presenter, a regular stage performer, and along with ex-
boyfriend Ness Wadia she is 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. 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.

 Early life and background

Zinta was born into a Hindu Rajput 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.
 Upon graduating from the boarding school at age 18, Zinta enrolled at St Bede's College
in Shimla. She graduated college with an English honours degree, and then started a
graduate programme in psychology. She earned a postgraduate degree in criminal
psychology, but later took up modelling. 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. 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.
 Acting career
Early work (1997–99)
In 1997, Zinta met film-maker Shekhar Kapur when she accompanied a friend to an
audition, and was asked if she would audition too. 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 movie 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.

Zinta commenced shooting for Kundan Shah's Kya Kehna, whose release was delayed until
2000. 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 Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award nomination. She played
her first leading role in the action-drama Soldier (1998), a commercial hit of the year.
She won the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for her performance in both Dil Se and

Zinta next acted in two Telugu films, Premante Idera (1998), opposite Venkatesh; and
Raja Kumarudu (1999), opposite Mahesh Babu. She followed with the leading role in the
thriller Sangharsh, alongside Akshay Kumar. The film, based on The Silence of the Lambs
(1991), was directed by Tanuja Chandra and written by Mahesh Bhatt. Zinta portrayed the
character of Reet Oberoi, a CBI officer who falls in love with a captured killer played
by Kumar. The film was not a box-office success, although Zinta's performance was
appreciated by critics.

 Breakthrough (2000–02)

Zinta's first role in 2000 was in the drama Kya Kehna, which unexpectedly became a box-
office success. 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 a teenage single mother who fights social prejudice earned her several
award nominations, including her first nomination for Best Actress at the Filmfare
Awards. 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.

 In 2001, Zinta earned positive reviews for her role in Farhan Akhtar's National Film
Award-winning Dil Chahta Hai, co-starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna.
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. Zinta starred as Aamir Khan's love interest, Shalini. According to critics, the
film broke new ground by showing Indian youth as they are today. Despite the critical
reception, it was only 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 depicted in the movie. wrote of Zinta that she "... is
beautiful and vibrant, wavering between endearingly naive and confused".

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. This film was one of the first Bollywood movies to address the
controversial issue of surrogate childbirth. Zinta's performance as Madhubala, a golden
-hearted prostitute hired as a surrogate mother, earned her a Filmfare Best Supporting
Actress nomination. noted, "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." Following her portrayal of a
range of characters in Kya Kehna, Sangharsh and Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Zinta gained
a reputation for playing roles that go against Indian traditional mores and was often
recognised for her versatility as an actress. Critics attributed her roles in these
films as to establishing a new image for leading actresses in Bollywood.

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.
Although the film did not succeed at the box office, her portrayal of Shalu, an adopted
daughter craving love, was critically acclaimed. Taran Adarsh from indiaFM 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-

 Success (2003–07)

Zinta was the female lead in India's three highest-grossing films of 2003: The Hero:
Love Story of a Spy, Koi... 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. The film received predominantly positive
reviews, and Zinta was particularly praised. The Tribune concluded, "Zinta has
outclassed everyone with her convincing performance." For her performance, she received
nominations for Best Villain at different award ceremonies, including Filmfare.
Rakesh Roshan's science-fiction film Koi... Mil Gaya, about a developmentally disabled
young man, followed. Co-starring with Rekha and Hrithik Roshan, Zinta played the role of
Nisha, a young woman whom Roshan befriends. She received another Best Actress nomination
at the Filmfare for the role. The movie was a financial and critical success and became
the most popular film of the year, as well as Zinta's highest-grossing movie, with a
domestic total of Rs 425 million; it won the Filmfare Award for Best Movie, among
 Zinta's final release of 2003 was Kal Ho Naa Ho, a tearjerker set in New York City. 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
Rs 750 million 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. Derek Elley from 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."

In 2004 she starred as TV journalist Romila Dutta in Farhan Akhtar's war drama Lakshya,
co-starring with Hrithik Roshan. The film was based on the historical events of the 1999
Kargil Conflict; Zinta's character was modeled after TV journalist Barkha Dutt, the only
female reporter assigned to the story. The film was a critical success, yet her
performance received mixed reviews; noted, "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 in
both India and abroad, with revenues of over Rs 900 million 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 smart Pakistani girl, 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. It marked the beginning of her work with Yash Raj Films, one of the
largest production houses in Bollywood.
 In 2005, Zinta appeared in two movies. Her first release was the folk comedy Khullam
Khulla Pyaar Karen, co-starring Govinda, a production that had been delayed since 2002.
The film garnered negative reviews and poor box office returns. Zinta's role was small,
and was not well received. Her next release was Siddharth Anand's comedy-drama Salaam
Namaste, co-starring Saif Ali Khan. Produced by Yash Raj Films, it was the first Indian
feature to be filmed entirely in Australia and went on to become the year's highest-
grossing Bollywood production outside of India, earning Rs 570 million internationally.

The film tells the story of a contemporary cohabiting Indian couple and their subsequent
struggle with an unexpected pregnancy. Zinta played the female protagonist Ambar
Malhotra, a single modern young woman who leaves India to make her own life in
Australia. The film was well received by critics, and Zinta's performance earned her
nominations for Best Actress at a number of award ceremonies. Taran Adarsh wrote, "After
Kya Kehna, Preity Zinta accepts the challenge of portraying an unwed mother yet again in
Salaam Namaste. The actor is terrific, delivering her most accomplished performance to
date." The New York Times noted, "She is cheerleader-homecoming queen-fraternity
sweetheart pretty, so even when her characters are being unkind it's hard not to like

Zinta received further success in 2006, starring in Karan Johar's drama Kabhi Alvida Naa
Kehna with an ensemble cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek
Bachchan, Rani Mukerji and Kirron Kher. The film became one of the biggest box office
hits in India, earning Rs 458 million, and grossed over Rs 480 million abroad, the
biggest Bollywood success of all-time in the overseas market up until then. It was her
fourth overseas top-earner in four consecutive years. The film tells the story of two
unhappily married couples in New York, and an ensuing extramarital affair. Zinta played
the role of Rhea Saran, an ambitious fashion magazine editor. She described the role as
an attempt to shed her vivacious public image. The Indian Express concurred that this
was successful: "The lady has not just looked glamorous but she has walked with poise,
sat with grace, smiled with composure and spoke with calmness. Who would have thought
that the bubbly girl could so skillfully shed her age-old tag and walk away as the
don't-mess-with-me lass. So all those who are in search of the peppy Preity, well guys
you've dialed the wrong number this time."
 She then starred in 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. 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. She was criticised for 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."
 New career prospects (2007–present)

In 2007, following the failure of two of her commercial releases, Zinta began working
with art film directors, and turned towards neo-realistic movies, known in India as
parallel cinema. She acted in her first English film, Rituparno Ghosh's The Last Lear,
as a struggling film actress opposite Amitabh Bachchan. The film premiered at the 2007
Toronto International Film Festival, and was received well. The first reviews were
approving, with Rajeev Masand writing, "Preity Zinta gets through her scenes
competently, never allowing her cute-as-a-button image to take away from the impact she
makes here as a conflicted, mature woman." Zinta said about her first art film, "I did
think with art films that they don't pay you, they don't feed you, but I was wrong, and
I'm so happy to be here."

Zinta next starred in Samir Karnik's Heroes (2008), a road movie about two final-year
film students who, as a part of their assignment, travel a thousand miles across North
India to deliver three un-posted letters written by army personnel who lost their lives
during the 1999 Kargil war to their families. The story unfolds the journey of these
students in three chapters and follows how they meet and are inspired by the families of
the soldiers. Zinta is featured in the first chapter as Salman Khan's war widow, Kuljeet
Kaur, a woman who becomes the sole breadwinner of the family and single-handedly raises
her son. In preparation for the role, Zinta attended Anupam Kher's acting school to
learn the dialect and mannerisms of a Punjabi woman. The film was released to a mixed
critical reaction, but her performance received rave reviews; Anand Singh of Hindustan

Times wrote, "Karnik is merely interested in wringing tears the old-fashioned way, and
not in starting a debate. He succeeds—mainly because Preity Zinta brings to a role a
gravitas and dignity that is seen on the faces of ordinary women—this may be her coming
of age as an actress."

By April 2008, Zinta completed shooting for Jahnu Barua's drama Har Pall and Deepa
Mehta's Canadian film Heaven on Earth, a Punjabi language drama based on the true story
of a non-resident Indian battered wife. Her performance in Heaven on Earth earned her
the Best Actress (Silver Hugo) award at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival,
for "her strong yet subtle performance as a woman struggling to keep her dreams despite
brutal realities." Among other awards, she was acknowledged with Best Actress
nominations at several award functions in Canada, including the Genie Award by the
Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and the Vancouver Film Critics Circle.
 Other work
Column writing

In 2004, Zinta joined a group of South Asian commentators for BBC News Online. 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." Her
first column, "The changing face of Bollywood", published in January 2004, discussed the
evolution of Bollywood in the past decade. 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. Her fourth and final
column, titled "Facing death in Sri Lanka and Thailand", described her two near-death
experiences in late 2004.

Stage performances

Zinta has taken part in several stage shows and world tours since 2001. Her first world
tour, a series of concerts called Craze 2001, was performed across the U.S. alongside
Anil Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Gracy Singh. The show faced early
cancellation due to the 11 September 2001 attacks, and the team prepared to return to
India as soon as possible. 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, Shahrukh 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.

Zinta's largest world tour was in 2004, when she joined a group of stars (Shahrukh Khan,
Rani Mukerji, Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Rampal and Priyanka Chopra) in the Temptation 2004
tour. 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

 Humanitarian work

During her years in the film industry, Zinta has been involved with different charities,
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.

In 2005, along with other Bollywood stars, Zinta performed at the HELP! 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 along with Rani Mukerji, donated Rs 250,000 of her winnings from Kaun
Banega Crorepati to the Shimla District Red Cross Society in Himachal Pradesh. In
January, 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.

 Ownership of IPL cricket team

Along with Ness Wadia 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 have 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
Personal life

Zinta used to visit her native town Shimla when not busy in shooting. In 2006, she moved 
into her own home in Mumbai. 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 movies, 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. Consequently, she was the first recipient of Godfrey's Mind of Steel 
Award at the annual Red and White Bravery Awards, given to her for the "Courageous Act" 
of standing against the Mumbai Underworld. On receiving the award, she said: "To be 
brave is not to be fearless. It is when you fear and you get over it, then you can be 
called brave. I am human. It is not that I fear nothing. But getting over a fear is a 
continuous process and I have been successful so far." Since 2006, Zinta has been the 
brand ambassador for the Godfrey Phillips Bravery awards.
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. 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 dated the Bombay Dyeing heir, 
businessman Ness Wadia from February 2005 until May 2009. Their relationship was often 
reported on by the media, with frequent speculation about an engagement or a break-up. 

In December 2006, another controversy featured Zinta when Ness Wadia was reported to 
have attacked construction workers at her residence in Bandra. Reportedly, a woman was 
critically injured and a child was hurt in the incident. Zinta reacted angrily at 
hearing these rumours reported in the national news and confronted journalists, 
criticising their conduct. She challenged the press to deliver proof, and offered Rs 1 
crore (Rs 10 million) if an injured woman was found. No evidence was found and the 
rumour has subsequently been regarded as false.

In March 2007, Zinta was involved in a scandal when actress and singer Suchitra 
Krishnamurthy cited her as the cause of her divorce from Shekhar Kapur, alleging that 
Zinta was having an affair with him. Although initially silent on the issue, after 
another accusation by Krishnamurthy, Zinta retorted, "It is unfortunate that I am 
bearing the brunt of someone else's paranoia. She's clearly unstable and I wish her a 
speedy recovery." She issued a statement that she had met Kapur only five times in ten 
years and publicly demanded that he step forward and clear her of the accusation. 
Thereafter, the controversy came to an end.
 In the media

Zinta is particularly known in the Indian media for her straightforwardness and for
honestly expressing her outspoken views and forthright opinions in public, be it about
her on-screen or off-screen life or raising a voice against any social injustice. These
features were noted during the Bharat Shah Case, when she testified against the
underworld; following this incident she was described by journalists as "The only man in
Bollywood". Her characteristic dimple has been cited by the media as her trademark. She
is often described by the press as having a vivacious personality and a bubbly, outgoing
persona, an image she has confessed to disliking.
 In 2003, Zinta appeared in the number one spot on Rediff's "Top Bollywood Female Stars".
She was ranked second for the following three years. She has been featured frequently on
other Rediff lists, including "Bollywood's Most Beautiful Actresses", "Bollywood's Best
Dressed Women" and "Woman of Many Faces". In September 2006, the UK magazine Eastern Eye
ranked her at 41 in the list of "Asia's Sexiest Women".
 On 15 July 2005, Zinta filed a defamation suit against leading Mumbai tabloid Mid-Day
after tapes emerged alleging that Salman Khan had made derogatory comments about her.
The tabloid published transcripts indicating that she had a sexual relationship with
Khan, and she was cross-examined as a chief witness in January 2007. She said about the
case, "I felt humiliated as it spoiled my reputation and character in public." She told
of disparaging phone calls she received from individuals pretending to be Salman Khan,
and that she had been repeatedly questioned in a derogatory fashion by the media. Zinta

further stated that the events affected her professionally as well; a planned film with
Khan was abandoned. The tape was examined by the Government's forensic laboratory in
Chandigarh which concluded that it was a fake.

 Between 2004 and 2007, Zinta made three appearances on the Indian talk show Koffee with
Karan, hosted by Karan Johar, appearing with Saif Ali Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Bobby
Deol, respectively. In 2006, she was a guest judge in the singing talent contest Indian
Idol 2. She returned briefly to her occupation as a model when she walked the ramp for
Manish Malhotra's display Fashion Week 2006, along with actress Kajol. Later that year,
Zinta and filmmaker Karan Johar represented Bollywood at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival
to promote Johar's forthcoming Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, which featured Zinta in a leading

 In May 2007, Zinta returned to Cannes for the 60th Film Festival to attend the premiere
of My Blueberry Nights, which opened the gathering. She co-hosted the 52nd Filmfare
Awards ceremony alongside Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla and Karan Johar. She was selected
as the first brand ambassador for GoAir, a new airline service owned by Jehangir Wadia
from Wadia Group. Speculation arose in the press that she endorsed the brand as a favour
to Jeh, who is Ness Wadia's brother, a suggestion that Zinta quickly denied. May 2008
saw Zinta making her third consecutive appearance at Cannes; she attended the 61st Film
Festival as the brand ambassador of Chopard, the maker of luxury watches and jewellery.

 Preity Zinta was accused

Actress Suchitra Krishnamurthy has blamed Preity Zinta for her divorce with Shekhar
Kapur. She alsoaccused Preity of having an affair with her husband. Preity calmly said
“I really don’t understand why is the media going crazy about something that does not
even exist. “Everyone who is a nobody wants to be somebody at the expense of famous
people like me.”

 Preity Zinta as a witness

Preity was a witness in Bharat Shah case and his connections with Chhota Shakeel. She
stated in the open court that she had received threatening phone calls from the mafia
during the shooting the film Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2000), while other celebrities
like Salman Khan and Shahruk Khan turned hostile. As there was real threat to her life,
she was given police protection. She was honoured with Bravery Award for her “Courageous
Act” to stand against the Mumbai Underworld in Bharat Shah case.[2006]
 Preity Zinta quotes

“I believe people blend better than governments anyway. My sister-in-law is half-
American and half-Pakistani. We don’t look at boundaries.”“I’m sick of being bubbly.
I’m sick of being talkative and I’m sick of being cute,”
“I never thought I’d be an actor. I had never gone to film school or done a dance

” To be brave is not to be fearless. It is when you fear and you get over it, then you
can be called brave. I am human. It is not that I fear nothing. But getting over a fear
is a continuous process and I have been successful so far.” [When she was honoured with
Bravery Award]
 “I have a very good physical trainer and a very hectic schedule that is keeping me
away from good food. And, of course, lots of branded good clothes.”
“I have changed so much as a person. When I started I was this chitty-chatty person.
But now, I am more calm and composed and I know what I want from life.”

“Please do your homework before you report anything to the nation. You cannot target
me and my boyfriend just because I am a film star. If you want to talk about me, then
say I’m the most beautiful woman and I have the most amazing films. Why are you bringing
in my boyfriend and me and creating this mess?” [ When the media wrote bad about her
boyfriend Ness Wadia in 2006]

List of Movies of Prity Zinta
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Film Name
Preity Zinta, Vansh Bharadwaj, Balinder Johal, Rajinder Singh Cheema, Gourrav Sihan, Geetika Sharma, Ramanjit Kaur
Shahrukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Vinay Pathak, Manmeet Singh, Kajol, Bipasha Basu, Lara Dutta, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherjee
Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Dino Morea, Riya Sen, Salman Khan, Mithun Chakraborty, Sohail Khan, Preity Zinta, Amrita Arora, Vatsal Sheth
Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal, Shefali Shah, Jishu Sengupta, Divya Dutta
Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Bobby Deol, Preity Zinta, Lara Dutta
Vinod Khanna, Diya Mirza, Akshay Kapoor, Jayant Kriplani, Sharat Saxena, Mukesh Tiwari, Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Sushmita Sen, Abhishek Bachchan, Karan Johar, Bipasha Basu,Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Rampal, Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta
Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Kiron Kher, Arjun Rampal, Kajol, John Abraham
Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, Anupam Kher, Aman Verma
Govinda, Preity Zinta, Kader Khan, Prem Chopra, Johnny Lever
Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Arshad Warsi, Tania Zaetta, Jugal Hansraj, Kunal Vijaykar, Abhishek Bachchan, Jaaved Jaffrey
Salman Khan, Preity Zinta, Bhoomika Chawla
Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherjee, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Boman Irani, Kirron Kher, Divya Dutta, Manoj Bajpai, Anupam Kher, Zohra Sehgal
Shahrukh Khan , Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, Jaya Bachchan, Sonali Bendre, Sushma Seth, Reema Lagoo, Rajpal Yadav, Simone Singh
Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Rekha, Rakesh Roshan, Rajat Bedi, Johnny Lever, Hansika Motwani
Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Gracy Singh, Randhir Kapoor, Aamir Bashir
Sunny Deol, Preity Zinta, Priyanka Chopra, Amrish Puri, Kabir Bedi, Rajpal Yadav, Malaika Arora
Preity Zinta, Mahima Choudhary, Rekha, Arjun Rampal, Jimmy Shergill, Alok Nath, Govind Namdev, Anjan Srivastava, Vivek Shauq
Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Preity Zinta, Rajat Kapoor, Sonali Kulkarni, Ayub Khan
Rani Mukherjee, Salman Khan, Preity Zinta, Amrish Puri, Deepti Bhatnagar
Ajay Devgan, Madhuri Dixit, Preity Zinta, Shakti Kapoor, Om Puri
Preity Zinta, Anupam Kher, Farida Jalal, Chandrachur Singh, Saif Ali Khan, Puneet Vashist
Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Preity Zinta
Govinda, Preity Zinta, Satish Kaushik
Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, Shahrukh Khan, Paresh Rawal, Shakti Kapoor, Satish Shah, Sana Saeed
Preity Zinta, Akshay Kumar, Abhay Chopra
Bobby Deol, Preity Zinta, Farida Jalal
Shahrukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, Preity Zinta, Malaika Arora

List Awards :

Winner: Screen Award for Jodi No. 1 (2005)
Winner: IIFA Award for Best Actress (2004)
Movie: Kal Ho Naa Ho
Winner: Filmfare Award for Best Actress (2003)
Movie: Kal Ho Naa Ho
Winner: Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female (1999)
Movie: Soldier
Winner: Filmfare Award for Best Female Debutante (1998)
Movie: Dil Se
Nominated: Stardust Award for Best Actress (2010)
Movie: Videsh - Heaven On Earth
Nominated: Stardust Award for Best Actress (2009)
Movie: The Last Lear
Nominated: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor In A Supporting Role - Female (2007)
Movie: Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Nominated: IIFA Award for Best Actress (2006)
Movie: Salaam Namaste
Nominated: Global Indian Film Awards for Best Actress In A Supporting Role (2006)
Movie: Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Nominated: Screen Award for Best Actress (2006)
Movie: Salaam Namaste
Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress In Supporting Role (2006)
Movie: Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress (2005)
Movie: Salaam Namaste
Nominated: Zee Cine Award for Best Actress (2005)
Movie: Salaam Namaste
Nominated: Screen Award for Best Actress (2005)
Movie: Veer Zaara
Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress (2004)
Movie: Veer Zaara
Nominated: Zee Cine Award for Best Actress (2004)
Movie: Veer Zaara
Nominated: Screen Award for Best Actor In A Negative Role (2004)
Movie: Armaan
Nominated: Screen Award for Best Actress (2004)
Movie: Kal Ho Naa Ho
Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Performance In Negative Role (2003)
Movie: Armaan
Nominated: Screen Award for Best Actress (2003)
Movie: Dil Hai Tumhaara
Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress In Supporting Role (2001)
Movie: Chori Chori Chupke Chupke
Nominated: Screen Award for Best Actress (2001)
Movie: Kya Kehna
Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress (2000)
Movie: Kya Kehna
Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress In Supporting Role (1998)
Movie: Dil Se

Upcoming movies of Priety Zinta 
Jai Ramji
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Starring: Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal, Irrfan Khan

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