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Preity comes from a Hindu Ra­jput fam­ily of Rohru in Shimla district, her fa­ther, Dur­ganand Zinta was an of­fi­cer in the In­dian Army. Dur­ganand died when Zinta was thir­teen in a car ac­ci­dent also in­volv­ing her mother, Nil­prabha, who was se­verely in­jured and re­mained bedrid­den for two years. Zinta has two brothers, Deep­ankar and Manish, a year older and a year younger, re­spec­tively. Zinta, a self-con­fessed tomboy in the early stages of her life, was in­flu­enced pri­mar­ily by her fa­ther. She stud­ied at the Con­vent of Je­sus and Mary board­ing school in Shimla. As a stu­dent, she devel­oped a love for lit­er­a­ture, par­tic­u­larly Wil­liam Shake­speare and po­etry, and even tried writ­ing po­etry her­self. She en­joyed spend­ing time out­side, and was in­ter­ested in sports, par­tic­u­larly bas­ket­ball. Zinta com­pleted school at the age of 18, and en­rolled at the St Bede’s Col­lege in Shimla. She ini­tially stud­ied English hon­ours (ma­jor), but later pur­sued an ad­vanced pro­gramme in psychology. Although she earned a de­gree in crim­i­nal psychology, Zinta later took up mod­el­ling. Zinta’s first com­mer­cial for Perk choco­lates hap­pened in 1996 when she met a com­mer­cials di­rec­tor at a friend’s birth­day party. Zinta at­tended the au­di­tion at the per­sua­sion of the di­rec­tor, and was se­lected for the com­mer­cial. In 1997, Zinta met di­rec­tor and pro­ducer Shekhar Ka­pur when she ac­com­pa­nied a friend to an au­di­tion and was asked to au­di­tion her­self. See­ing her au­di­tion, Ka­pur in­sisted that she be­come an ac­tress. Zinta started shoot­ing for Kun­dan Shah’s Kya Kehna, but its 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. Her por­trayal of a mid­dle class Delhi girl earned her a Film­fare Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress Award nom­i­na­tion. She played her first lead­ing role in the ac­tion drama Sol­dier, which was one of the big­gest hits of the year. Zinta won the Film­fare Best Fe­male De­but Award for her per­for­mance in Dil Se and Sol­dier. Zinta acted in two Tel­ugu films, Pre­mante Idera (1998) op­po­site Venkatesh, and Raja Ku­marudu (1999) op­po­site Mahesh Babu. This was fol­lowed in 1999 by Tanuja Chan­dra’s thriller Sang­harsh, co-star­ring Ak­shay Ku­mar. The film was not a box of­fice success, although Zinta’s per­for­mance as a CBI of­fi­cer was crit­i­cally ac­claimed. Zinta’s first re­lease in 2000 was the drama film Kya Kehna. The film turned out to be a box of­fice success. Later that year, Zinta starred in Vidhu Vinod Cho­pra’s drama Mis­sion Kash­mir along­side San­jay Dutt and Hrithik Roshan. The film was 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. In 2002, Zinta col­lab­o­rated once again with di­rec­tor Kun­dan Shah, play­ing the main pro­tag­o­nist in the fam­ily drama Dil Hai Tumhaara, along­side Rekha, Mahima Chaud­hary and Ar­jun Ram­pal. Although it failed to do well at the box of­fice, her por­trayal of Shalu, an adopted daugh­ter crav­ing love was ap­pre­ci­ated by crit­ics. Zinta was the fe­male lead in three of 2003’s high­est gross­ing films in In­dia. Her first re­lease, the pa­tri­otic drama The Hero. Then re­leased Honey Irani’s di­rec­to­rial de­but, Ar­maan. This was fol­lowed by Rakesh Roshan’s sci­ence fic­tion Koi... Mil Gaya, about a de­vel­op­men­tally dis­abled young man. She re­ceived a Best Ac­tress nom­i­na­tion at the Film­fare. The film was the big­gest hit of the year as well as Zinta’s high­est gross­ing movie to date Zinta’s last re­lease that year was Kal Ho Naa Ho, a tear­jerker di­rected by Nikhil Ad­vani. It was In­dia’s sec­ond big­gest hit af­ter Koi... Mil Gaya and the big­gest In­dian hit of the year overseas In 2004 she starred as TV jour­nal­ist Romila Dutta in Farhan Akhtar’s war drama Lak­shya. 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 cov­er­ing the events. Later that year, Yash Cho­pra cast her op­po­site Shahrukh Khan for the lead fe­male role in the love le­gend Veer-Zaara, which was the big­gest Bol­ly­wood hit of that year in both In­dia and abroad. The film, which re­lates the love story of an In­dian of­fi­cer and a Pak­istani woman, re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cant re­cep­tion world­wide. In 2005, which saw her ap­pear in two movies, her first re­lease was the folk com­edy Khul­lam Khulla Pyaar Karen a pro­duc­tion which had been de­layed since 2002. Her next re­lease was Sid­dharth Anand’s com­e­dy­drama Salaam Na­maste,. The film was an­other Yash Raj big bud­get film and went on to be­come the year’s big­gest hit overseas. It is the story of two In­di­ans who live to­gether with­out mar­riage. Zinta played the fe­male pro­tag­o­nist Am­bar, a sin­gle mod­ern young woman who leaves In­dia to make her own life in Aus­tralia Zinta re­ceived fur­ther success in 2006, star­ring in Karan Jo­har’s drama Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. The film be­came one of the big­gest box of­fice hits in In­dia and the big­gest Bol­ly­wood hit in the overseas mar­ket ever, which si­mul­ta­ne­ously be­came her fourth overseas top earner in four con­sec­u­tive years. In 2007 Zinta por­trayed the char­ac­ter of a Bri­tish Pak­istani young woman, Alvira Khan, in her third Yash Raj Film, Shaad Ali’s com­edy Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. The film was a crit­i­cal and com­mer­cial fail­ure in In­dia. She re­ceived mixed re­views from one ex­treme to the other. 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 Septem­ber 11, 2001 at­tacks, and the team was will­ing to re­turn to In­dia as soon as pos­si­ble. How­ever, the shows con­tin­ued in Canada and went on to do well. In 2002, Zinta took part in the world tour From In­dia With Love in the UK, along with Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan and Aish­warya Rai. The show took place in two out­door venues at Manch­ester’s Old Traf­ford Foot­ball Sta­dium 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, the show be­came Bol­ly­wood’s most prom­i­nent con­cert in­ter­na­tion­ally. In 2006, Zinta was part of the Heat 2006 con­cert around the world, along with Ak­shay Ku­mar, Saif Ali Khan, Sush­mita Sen and Celina Jait­ley. Zinta has been the sub­ject of sev­eral con­tro­ver­sies. In 2003, as a wit­ness in the Bharat Shah case, Zinta tes­ti­fied against the In­dian Un­der­world. Bharat Shah was the fi­nancer of the Zinta-star­rer Chori Chori Chupke Chupke. In 2000, Shah was ar­rested for hav­ing con­nec­tions with Chhota Sha­keel, a Mum­bai un­der­world boss. In March 2007, Zinta was in­volved in a scan­dal when ac­tress and singer Su­chi­tra Kr­ish­na­murthy cited Zinta as the cause of her di­vorce with Shekhar Ka­pur, al­leg­ing that Zinta was hav­ing an af­fair with her hus­band. Zinta is par­tic­u­larly known in the In­dian me­dia for her straight­for­ward­ness and hon­estly ex­press­ing her out­spo­ken views and forth­right opin­ions in pub­lic, be it about her on­screen or off-screen life or rais­ing a voice against any so­cial in­jus­tice In 2003, Zinta was placed num­ber one on Rediff’s “Top Bol­ly­wood Fe­male Stars. In 2006, Zinta was a guest judge in the singing tal­ent con­test In­dian Idol 2. She had a stint with her ear­lier oc­cu­pa­tion as a model, when she walked the ramp for Manish Mal­ho­tra’s fash­ion dis­play Fash­ion Week 2006, ti­tled Free­dom, along with ac­tress Kajol. Later that year, Zinta and film­maker Karan Jo­har rep­re­sented Bol­ly­wood at the 2006 Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote Jo­har’s then forth­com­ing Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, which had Zinta in one of the lead­ing roles.

(G.R. KHAT­TAR)

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