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Preity Zinta

--- About Preity Zinta ---

Birth name: Preity Zinta

Meaning of the name: Preity - Affection, Love (Origin-Sanskrit)

Date of Birth: 31 January 1975

Place of Birth: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Nationality: Indian

Religion: She does not identify with any particular religion.

Occupation: Actress

Zodiac sign: Aquarius

Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Marital status: Married

Husband: Gene Goodenough

Date of marriage: February 29, 2016

Father: Durganand Zinta (an officer in the Indian Army)

Mother: Nilprabha Zinta

Brothers: 2, Deepankar and Manish

Mother Tongue: Hindi

Languages: Hindi, English

Past love relationships: Ness Wadia (2005–2009)

Friends from film industry: Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, his wife Gauri Khan, Hrithik Roshan and his
wife Suzanne, Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Bobby Deol, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and
Saif Ali Khan.

Education: Masters in Criminal Psychology

Activities: Fitness

Fetish: Shoes

Trademark: Her characteristic dimples

Likes: To sleep, travelling, reading, being lazy once in a while and getting relaxing massages done,
to play Squash with friends.

Fear: Of water

Things most attractive about a man: Intelligence, self-esteem

She would never tolerate: Violence and abuse

What does she do when she is upset: "I shut myself in my room, scream loudly and cry it all out.
And in some time, I’m fine again."

Shoe size: Indian Size 7, European Size 38

Debut film: Dil Se (1998)

Debut Award: Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for 'Dil Se' (1998)

Best movies in the career by now: Kya Kehna (2000), Koi... Mil Gaya (2003), VKal Ho Naa Ho (2003),
Veer-Zaara (2004), Salaam Namaste (2005), Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006)...  

Preity as a baby

--- Favourites ---

Favourite food: Kadi-Chawal and Aloo Paratha

Favourite beverage: Green Tea

Favourite snack: Dahi-Puri

Favourite dessert: Ice-cream

Favourite places: Kerala, Goa, Mauritius, Simla and Australia 

Favourite actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Guru Dutt, Sanjay Dutt, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan
and Al Pacino.

Favourite actresses: Madhubala, Waheeda Rehman, Sridevi

Favourite movie: Sholay, Mr.India

Favourite TV series: The Simpsons

Favourite colour: Electric blue

Favourite perfumes: Envy, Gucci for Men

Favourite outfit: Jeans & T-Shirts, string pyjamas and anything comfortable

Favourite fashion designers: Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Roberto Cavalli

Favourite male co-star: Shah Rukh Khan

Favourite sport: Cricket

Favourite cricketers: Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Brett Lee, Virender Sehwag

Preity in her younger age

--- Interesting Facts ---

--> Preity was a real tomboy in her childhood. She used to been very naughty and beating up boys,
getting cuts and bruises throughout her childhood.

--> Preity Zinta is a Bubly Girl of Bollywood.

--> Preity studied in Convent of Jesus and Mary boarding school in Shimla.

--> In addition to movie acting, Preity has written a series of columns for BBC News Online South Asia,
is a social activist, a television presenter, and a regular stage performer.

--> She is the founder of the production company PZNZ Media and, along with ex-boyfriend Ness Wadia,
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.

--> Preity was 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.

--> Her faher 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

--> Preity Zinta, who describes herself as a tomboy as a child, has emphasised her father's military
backgound as having a lasting impression on how family life was conducted. He asserted the importance of
discipline and punctuality to the children.

--> As a student, she developed a love for literature, particularly the works of William Shakespeare and

--> 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.

--> She enjoyed schoolwork and received good grades; in her free time she played sports, especially

--> She's a good basketball player.

--> She finds photo shooting very difficult.

--> Was a huge fan of Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra when she was a kid.

--> She sometimes wears Burkha (Muslim Veil) to go see movies in Theatres not to be recognized.

--> Preity is cleanliness freak and is always on time.

--> She drinks Green Tea all day.

--> While shooting doesn't eat food from outside. While shooting in France, her mother had come to be
with her and cook for her.

--> Does workout 1 hour, at least 3 times a week.

--> When she is outdoors, she runs on treadmill 5 kilometres.

--> Very diet concious; eats every 2 hours.

--> Her first television commercial was for Perk chocolates, the result of a chance meeting with a director
at a friend's birthday party in 1996.

--> In 2004, she joined a group of South Asian commentators for BBC News Online. 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", Preity analysed the eve teasing
phenomenon in India, and criticised those who practice it. 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.

--> Preity Zinta has taken part in several stage shows and world tours since 2001.

--> In 2011, Preity made her television debut as the host of the show Guinness World Records – Ab
India Todega on Colors Channel. An Indian version of Guinness Book of World Records, the show
premiered on 18 March to an audience measurement of 3.3 rating points, which made it occupy the
7th position on the chart of celebrity-driven reality shows on Hindi entertainment channels.

--> Preity hosted the celebrity-based chat show Up Close & Personal with PZ, shot at her own penthouse
in Mumbai and broadcast on the newly launched channel UTV Stars. The first episode aired on
3 September, 2011.

--> During her years in the film industry, Preity has been involved with different charitable organisations
and has particularly supported women's causes in India.

--> 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, Preity
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.

--> In 2000, she began dating model Marc Robinson. They separated the following year, and according
to Preity 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".

--> She dated the Bombay Dyeing heir, businessman Ness Wadia from February 2005 until May 2009.

--> Preity is particularly known in the Indian media for her straightforwardness and for honestly
expressing her forthright opinions in public, be it about her on-screen or off-screen life or raising a voice
against any social injustice.

--> She is often described by the press as having a vivacious personality and a bubbly, outgoing persona,
an image she has confessed to disliking.

--> Between 2006 and 2008 Preity Zinta made three consecutive appearances at the Cannes Film Festival.

--> She is extremely brand conscious.

--> Hates waking up early in the morning.

--> For her, decorating the Christmas tree is an important part of her Christmas ritual right from

--> On June 13, 2014, Preity filed a complaint with the Mumbai police against her ex boyfriend Ness Wadia
alleging he had molested, threatened and abused her at an IPL match at the Wankhede Stadium in
Mumbai on 30 May. He has denied the allegations.

Preity with her family

--- Personal Quotes ---

"Live your life. Don’t limit yourself by rules that others make because rules are meant to be broken.
Less is more does not mean you wear less clothes. Think about the implications and don’t agree to
just be an object of desire."

"When I first came into the industry, even then, there were several bigger stars ahead of me. But, I
made a niche for myself in Bollywood. I don't know that now I have to make a place for myself again
in the industry. I already have a place for myself in the industry. Today, I don't have prove myself
here. Now, I want to act only in those movies, which I like."

"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."

"Why wouldn’t I want to settle down? What’s wrong with me yaar? I’ve always maintained that I want to
get married and have kids. But I want to make the right decision."

"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."

"I am single and desperately looking for a good man in my life. I did have major crushes when I was
younger but no serious relationship."

"I lost my father when I was 13-years-old. He was a great man, my father, and very intelligent. I love
him very much. I believe it's very important that parents have a personal connection with their children.
It helps kids feel more secure, have a feeling of family, makes them feel loved."

"To act, you must know pain. You must know what it means to be in love, what it means to be rejected."

"You know what's the worst part about being an actress? It's the pressure to look gorgeous all the time
and to behave perfectly. But I'm not perfect, nobody is."

"I’d be the best mother on this planet! When you know who you are, when you have seen the world, you
can make for an incredible mother."

"It is superficial to fall in love with someone looking at their face. To me I need to discover the person.
I would never look at someone and exclaim - He is the one!"

"Love is always real and true love is even more real!"

"I used to joke with my director of photography on sets and say 'If the world is a stage, I need better
lighting'. But later I realised that when the lights go off there is only darkness around an actor and it
is that darkness all actors fear. Dear God please give me the strength to find my way out of the
darkness when the lights are no more on me."

"Heavy is the head that wears the crown; that’s why it is important to keep a balanced head on one’s
shoulders. Today I take the good with the bad and the ugly and keep telling myself, 'Films are a part
of my life; I do them, they don’t do me.'"

"The fastest way to make your dream come true is to wake up!"

"Whenever I came across something that influenced me, I wanted to be that. So it varied from an
astronaut, airhostess, army girl, to truck driver. Once, I wanted to be a nun - my mother wanted me to
change schools after that..."

"I was a total disaster (in childhood) I think. I was very very naughty, I was a total tomboy. And um, I
got whacked around a lot, I was just really really naughty."

"I wear Whatever I feel comfortable in. I like to mix and match. I'll buy something from the street.
I'll buy something from a fashion house."

"Behind every successful man there’s a woman. Behind every unsuccessful man there are two women.
But behind every successful woman there’s a man who’s confident enough to let her succeed and is
not trying to compete with her and pull her down. Few guys have the confidence to let you be and not
punish you for their shortcomings. The right man adds depth to your life. He’s an emotional anchor
and brings a smile to your life."

"My Hindi direction is screwed up, I blink too much and I have no technical knowledge of film making."

"Hindi cinema has changed a lot. It will always keep changing because it is growing and there are so
many different kinds of fans we have of Indian cinema. One point of Hindi cinema is it is very escapist,
very large, very hero-worshipping, grand and crazy. It is just fantasy."

"I have grown up in Delhi in a way and I keep coming here often. But, and I am sorry to say, I’ll always
be nervous when in Delhi. In my college days, I have had my bum pinched around so many times. So
yes, in Mumbai, I can just walk around and do what I want to do, but in Delhi I’ll always be scared."

"People will always have an opinion, but you have to live life the way you want to. It is very easy to tell
others what to do, but difficult to implement it on yourself. I had never thought I’d become an actor.
And even when I did get into films, I remember I was shooting in Rajasthan for my debut film and had
to take my final exams for criminal psychology. I cancelled the shoot to take my exams because I had
promised my mom that I would complete my education even if became an actor."

"I’m a very spiritual person. I believe that the universe manifests itself in ways that cannot be
explained rationally and that for me, is spiritual. I also believe in Karma. Like Newton said, every action
has an equal and opposite reaction, your Karmas catch up with you. I am doing my Karmas right, as for
the others who mess it up, they have to repay, I am sure."

"I have so much to do, I have so much on my plate right now. I'm not going looking for love, I mean,
if love comes and finds me, that's a different thing."

Preity Zinta with her ex-boyfriend, Ness Wadia

Preity Zinta and Gene Goodenough Wedding Day

--- Connect With Preity ---

Home address: C/10A, Ranwar, Waroda Rd., Bandra (w), Mumbai - 50

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