Preity Zinta is a popular Indian film actress who gained popularity with the films like Soldier (1998), Kya Kehna (2000), Kal Ho Naa Ho, Koi… Mil Gaya (2003), Veer-Zaara (2004), Salaam Namaste (2005) and many more. She is an evergreen star who achieved huge fame in a very short time period. Check out Preity Zinta Wiki, Height, Weight, Age, Boyfriend, Family, Husband, Biography, Facts & More.
Preity Zinta was born on 31 January 1975 in Shimla and brought up in Rohru, Shimla. She takes a lot of interest in playing basketball during her childhood. She completed her boarding school education at Convent of Jesus and Mary boarding school, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh and The Lawrence School, Sanawar, Solan, Himachal Pradesh. She is a graduation in English honours and Postgraduation in Criminal Psychology from St. Bede’s College, Shimla. Before marriage, she used to lives at C/10A, Ranwar, Waroda Road Bandra (west) in Mumbai and now she is settling in the USA but time to time she has comes to her hometown Shimla.
Preity is a most-talented and hard-working girl who is known for her glowing dimples. She is a fitness freak with perfect physique of 32-26-32 and is approximately 5’4’’ tall. She has light brown eyes and brown hair.
Family, Caste, Boyfriends & Husband
She belongs to a middle-class Hindu Brahmin family. Her father Durganand Zinta, was an officer in the Indian Army who was died in a road accident when she was just 13 years old.
Her mother Nilprabha is a homemaker who was also injured in the road accident. This accident made her strong enough to become mature.
She is the only sister of her two brothers (a year older and a year younger); Deepankar who is a commissioned officer in the Indian Army and Manish, lives in California.
She does not believe in religion or caste. 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.”
As being the popular Bollywood actress, she was in a relationship with many celebrities but she denied such relations. Initially, she was in a relationship with the director Shekhar Kapur for a short period. After that, she had an affair with model and actor Marc Robinson but due to some unknown reasons, they got separated.
She started dating Bombay Dyeing heir businessman Ness Wadia from February 2005 to May 2009. Their reason for the breakup was that Preity was molested, threatened and abused by him at an IPL match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 30 May.
She got married to his long-time boyfriend American partner Gene Goodenough who is a Senior Vice-President for Finance at NLine Energy (a US-based hydroelectric power company) on 28 February 2016. Both tied the knot as per the Hindu rituals in Los Angeles.
Modelling & Acting Career
She started her career as an ad model. In 1996, she was featured in the Perk’s chocolates ad.
Later she got chance to work with director Shekhar Kapur in the movie ‘Tara Rum Pum Pum’ opposite Hrithik Roshan, but the filming was cancelled. In 1998, she started her film career from the movie ‘Dil Se…’ in which she played the role of just for only 20 minutes of screen time.
After that, she commenced her acting career by giving hit one by one from the movies like ‘Kya Kehna’, ‘Soldier’, ‘Sangharsh’ etc.
Apart from Hindi films, she has also worked in regional films; Telugu, English and Punjabi languages. In between 1998 and 1999, she worked in 2 Telugu movies ‘Premante Idera’ and ‘Raja Kumarudu’.
After that, she again appeared in many Hindi movies which gave her a recognition in the Bollywood film industry like ‘Mission Kashmir ‘, ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, ‘Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’, ‘ Dil Hai Tumhaara’, ‘ The Hero: Love Story of a Spy’, ‘Koi… Mil Gaya’, ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’, ‘Lakshya’, ‘Veer-Zaara’,’ Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karen’, ‘Salaam Namaste’, ‘Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna’ and many more.
She also acted in the English movies – ‘The Last Lear’ (2007) and ‘Heaven on Earth’ (2008).
After 2 years of break, she was featured in the film ‘Ishkq in Paris’ (also co-written by Zinta), which received mostly negative reviews.
In appreciation of her work in the Bollywood she won many achievements, nominations, awards and accolades like Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress (‘Dil Se…’), Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut (‘Dil Se…’ and ‘Soldier’), Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Filmfare Awards (‘Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’), Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress (‘Heaven on Earth’) etc.
At the time of Chhota Shakeel and Bharat Shah case in 2003, 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.
In 2004, she joined a group of South Asian commentators for BBC News Online in which she started writing columns on different social topics. She has also participated in many stage shows and world tours since 2001. Her first concert was ‘Craze 2001’. In 2011, she made her TV debut as the host of the show ‘Guinness World Records – Ab India Todega’ on Colors Channel. She also hosted the celebrity-based chat show ‘Up Close & Personal with PZ’ and has been the judge of dance reality show ‘Nach Baliye’- Season 7.
In 2011 she commenced her own production company, PZNZ Media.
Cricket Involvement Career
After working in the movie ‘Heaven on Earth’, she took 2 years of break from Bollywood and started focusing on the cricket team. In 2008, she bought Kings XI Punjab a Mohali-based Twenty20 cricket team of the Indian Premier League alongside her ex-boyfriend Ness Wadia, Mohit Burman and others. She is the only woman to own an IPL team and was the league’s youngest owner.
In September 2017, she hires ownership of the Stellenbosch Kings franchise of South Africa’s T20 Global League.
Apart from acting, modelling and hosting she also worked as a philanthropist. She works for women’s causes in India, blood donation and AIDS awareness. In 2005, she helped the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake victims by performing in ‘HELP! Telethon’ Concert. In 2007, she visited Hisar, Haryana, at the army training base to boost the morale of the armies. In 2009, she adopted 34 girls on her 34th birthday from the Mother Miracle orphanage in Rishikesh and took their responsibilities. She is the brand ambassador of many social working organisations.
- According to the sources, she was the only cause of divorce between director Shekhar Kapur and Suchitra Krishnamurthy.
- In 2003, she had received extortion threats from the Chhota Shakeel, a Mumbai underworld boss for giving the statements in the court against him during the shooting of the film of ‘Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’.
- On 13 June 2015, she filed a case of molestation and abusing her, against her ex-boyfriend Ness Wadia.
- She was brilliant in studies.
- She escaped from death twice; first when there was an explosion in “Temptation concert” in Colombo (2004) where she was performing, and second when she was at the danger area when the disaster Indian Ocean Tsunami (2004) took place.
- She is the brand ambassador of her hometown state of Himachal Pradesh.
- She is the co-owner of IPL team, Kings XI Punjab.
- She is a bubbly and jolly nature person and she said that she was a tomboy girl during her childhood.
- She loves to buy kind of shoes every time she goes shopping.
- She never works on Sundays.
- Since 2006, Zinta has been the brand ambassador for the Godfrey Phillips Bravery Awards since the ‘Chhota Shakeel’ case.
- She is the huge fan of Guru Dutt, Sanjay Dutt, Aamir Khan and Shahrukh Khan.
- Her favourite movies are ‘Titanic’ and ‘DDLJ’.
- Kadhi Chawal, khatti Himachali dal, Mango Pizza, Butter Chillies with onions are her favourite food.
- She usually uses Valentino, Gucci’s Envy and Roberto Cavalli brand perfumes.
- She likes to spend her holidays in Greece, New Zealand or Vienna.
- Electric blue and golden are her favourite colours.