Preity Zinta life and biography

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Preity Zinta biography

Date of birth : 1975-01-31
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Nationality : Indian
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2010-11-02
Credited as : Bollywood actress, and model, Tv anchor

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Preity 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.

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Model and TV anchor.
Turned down the lead in Marigold (2004).
Has won over 4 awards for Kya Kehna and 7 Awards for Kal Ho Na ho.
Critics began to take notice of her after her performance in Kya Khena.
Won Best Actress at Stardust Awards for 'Veer Zaara.'
She won the IIFA Style Diva Award (2005).
Is a major fan of the hit TV series The Simpsons.
Her father, Durganand Zinta was an officer in the Indian Army. Durganand Zinta died when Preity was thirteen, in a car accident in which her mother, Nilprabha Zinta was also involved. Her mother was bedridden because of this incident.
Has two brothers, Deepanker Zinta and Manish Zinta, a year older and a year younger respectively. One of her brothers is a commissioned officer in the Indian Army.
Has written three columns for BBC South Asia.
She joined a group of top stars (Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Rampal and Priyanka Chopra) in the Temptation 2004 concert, which was a huge international success.
She narrowly escaped death twice in late 2004, once after an explosion at a Temptation concert in Colombo, and later in the Indian Ocean Tsunami.
Appeared in Manish Malhotra fashion show Freedom (2006).
In May 2006, along with Karan Johar she received an invitation to represent Bollywood at the Cannes Film Festival. They took this opportunity to promote the film Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006).
When not shooting she used to return to her home town Shimla. She recently moved into her own home in Mumbai, which she bought in mid-2005.
Her favorite perfume is Envy by Gucci.
Her good friends in the industry include Shahrukh Khan and his wife Gauri Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Bobby Deol, Aishwarya Rai and Saif Ali Khan.
Very close friends with actor Hrithik Roshan and his wife 'Suzanne Khan'.
Listed #41 by UK magazine Eastern Eye one of "Asia's Sexiest Women" (Sept/ 2006).

Filmography

Videsh - Heaven on Earth (2009)
Main Aur Mrs Khanna (2009)
The Last Lear (2008)
Heroes (2008)
Har Pall (2009)
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007)
Om Shanti Om (2007)

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