Preity Zinta is an Indian film actress and entrepreneur. One of the most popular and highest-paid Hindi film actresses in the 2000s, she has appeared in Hindi films of Bollywood, as well as Telugu, Punjabi and English films. After graduating with degrees in English honours and criminal psychology, Zinta made her acting debut in Dil Se.. in 1998, followed by a role in Soldier in the same year. These performances earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and she was later recognized for her role as a teenaged single mother in Kya Kehna. She subsequently established a career with a variety of character types; her film roles along with her screen persona have been credited with contributing to a change in the concept of a Hindi film heroine and won her several accolades. Among Zinta’s film awards are two Filmfare Awards, Best Female Debut for Dil Se.., Soldier and Best Actress for Kal Ho Naa Ho.

Birth Name

Preity G Zinta

Nickname

PZ

Profession

Actress, Producer, Entrepreneur

Nationality

Indian

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Preity Zinta was born on 31st of January 1975, in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Age

She’s currently 44 year sold.

Residence

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Sun Sign

Aquarius

Ethnicity

Asian (Indian)

Religion

Hinduism

Caste

Kshatriya (Rajput)

Education

Preity Zinta studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary boarding school in Shimla, India. Upon graduating from the boarding school in Sanawar (The Lawrence School) at age 18, Zinta enrolled at St. Bede’s College in Shimla. She graduated from college with an  English honors degree and then started a graduate programmer in psychology. She earned a postgraduate degree in criminal psychology but later took up modelling.

Family Details

  • Father – Durganand Zinta (Army Officer)
  • Mother – Nilprabha Zinta

  • Siblings – Deepankar Zinta (Older Brother), Manish Zinta (Younger Brother)

Marital Status

Married

Boyfriend / Spouse

Preity Zinta has dated –

  • Marc Robinson (2000-2002) – In 2000 Preity was involved with Indian actor and model Marc Robinson. The relationship, however, did not last long and they parted ways in 2002.

  • Ness Wadia (2006-2009) – Preity was in a serious relationship with Indian businessman Ness Wadia. They began dating in 2006 and separated in 2009.

  • Gene Goodenough (2016- Present) – In 29 February 2016, Zinta married her long-time American partner Gene Goodenough at a private ceremony in Los Angeles. Goodenough is Senior Vice-President for Finance at NLine Energy, a US-based hydroelectric power company.

Physical Statistics

Height

  • In feet – 5 feet 2 inches
  • In centimeters – 158 cm
  • In meters – 1.58 m

Weight

  • In Kilograms – 58 kg
  • In Pounds – 128 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 33-25-33
  • Bust – 33 inches
  • Waist – 25 inches
  • Hip – 33 inches
  • Bra Size – 32C

Body Build

Slim

Eye Color

Light Brown

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Shoe Size

She wears a size 6 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 4 (US).

Sexuality

Straight

Professional Statistics

Famous For

Being an Indian film actress and entrepreneur and playing the role of Priya Bakshi in the Indian Hindi drama film Kya Kehna, playing the character of Nisha Mehra in Hindi-language science fiction film Koi… Mil Gaya and the owner of 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.

Film Debut

She made her first film appearance in 1998 Hindi movie Dil Se... In this film, she played the role of Preity Nair alongside Shahrukh Khan and Manisha Koirala.

Television Debut

In 2000, Preity made her first television show appearance in the Indian quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati.

Brand Endorsements

Preity had Endorsement work for brands like Cadbury Perk & Liril.

Preity Zinta Favorites

  • Favorite Actor – Guru Dutt, Sanjay Dutt, Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan
  • Favorite Film – Titanic
  • Favorite TV Shows – The Simpsons
  • Favorite Song – Main Yahan Hoon from Veer-Zaara
  • Favorite Perfume Brand – Valentino and Roberto Cavalli
  • Favorite Destination – Greece, New Zealand, Vienna
  • Favorite Perfume – Gucci’s Envy
  • Favorite Musician – A. R. Rahman
  • Favorite Color – Electric Blue
  • Favorite Food – Kadhi Chawal, khatti Himachali Dal

Preity Zinta Net worth

Preity Zinta has an estimated net worth of $30 million dollars as of 2019.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Preity Zinta

  • She lost her father in a car accident, when she was only 13 years old. Her mother was also a part of the accident and was on bed rest for 2 years. She considers that accident as the major turning point of her life.
  • As a child, she was a tomboy and due to her father’s military background, she lived a pretty disciplined life.
  • As a student, she was inclined towards literature and particularly loved the works of William Shakespeare and poetry and did pretty well in her exams.
  • In school, she was also into sports and loved to play Basket Ball.
  • In 1996, Preity met a director at a friend’s birthday party after which she went on to appear in her first TV commercial for Perk Chocolates.
  • In 1997, while accompanying a friend to an audition she got a chance to meet the famous director Shekhar Kapur who asked her to audition and was impressed by her acting skills. After this event, she was about to make her film debut in Shekhar Kapur directed film Tara Rum Pum Pum opposite Hrithik Roshan but unfortunately, the film got canceled.
  • She never works on Sundays.
  • The actress is good friends with famous Bollywood personalities like Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Bobby Deol, Hrithik Roshan and Karan Johar.
  • Preity has appeared in Hindi, Telugu, Punjabi and English films and was one of the most popular and highest-paid Hindi film actresses in the 2000s.
  • Apart from movies, she has also been a part of several stage shows and world tours. Her first world tour was a series of concerts called Craze 2001, which also included Bollywood stars like Anil Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Gracy Singh. The show, however, got canceled later due to the 9/11 attacks.
  • 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, as the protagonist in the family drama Dil Hai Tumhaara, alongside Rekha, Mahima Chaudhry and Arjun Rampal.
  • In 2003, she was surrounded by controversies when she testified against Indian Mafia and gave the statement that she had received extortion threats from underworld during the shooting of her film Chori Chori Chupke Chupke. After the testimony, she was provided with witness protection and stayed out of public eyes for almost 2 months.
  • In 2004, Zinta joined a group of South Asian commentators for BBC News Online.
  • In 2004, the actress narrowly escaped death when an explosion took place in a concert during the Temptation Tour in Colombo, Shri Lanka and again when the Indian Ocean earthquake occurred.
  • 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.
  • In 2006, Preity was placed at 41 position on the UK magazine Eastern Eye‘s Asia’s Sexiest Women list.
  • In 2009, on her 34th birthday, Zinta adopted 34 girls from the Mother Miracle orphanage in Rishikesh and took the responsibility of financially supporting their education, food and clothing.
  • In January 2010, Zinta was appointed the brand ambassador of The Loomba Trust, an organisation that works for the welfare of widows and their children.
  • In 2011, Zinta made her television debut as the host of the show Guinness World Records – Ab India Todega on Colors Channel.
  • In December 2012, Zinta returned to the stage with the Temptation Reloaded concert in Jakarta (joined by Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji and Bipasha Basu).
  • In 2015, Zinta featured as a talent judge for the seventh season of the dance reality show Nach Baliye.
  • In September 2017 Zinta became the owner of the Stellenbosch Kings franchise of South Africa’s T20 Global League.
  • In June 13, 2014, the actress filed a complaint against her then-boyfriend Ness Wadia and alleged him of molestation, threatening and abusing at an IPL match.
  • In 2013, the actress took a break from the film industry and made her comeback in Neeraj Pathak’s action-comedy Bhaiaji Superhit in 2018 opposite Sunny Deol.
  • In September 2017 Zinta became the owner of the Stellenbosch Kings franchise of South Africa’s T20 Global League.
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