Birth: 31-01-1975, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Preity Zinta is an Indian film actress. She has appeared in Hindi, Telugu, Punjabi and English language films. Zinta made her acting debut in `Dil Se` in 1998 followed by a role in `Soldier`. These performances earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, and she was later recognised for her role as a teenage single mother in `Kya Kehna` (2000).

Zinta received her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress in 2003 for her performance in the drama `Kal Ho Naa Ho`. She went on to play the lead female role in two consecutive annual top-grossing films in India: sci fi film `Koi... Mil Gaya`, her biggest commercial success and romance film `Veer-Zaara`, which earned her critical acclaim.

She was later noted for her roles in `Salaam Namaste` and `Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna`, top-grossing productions in overseas markets. Her first international film was the Canadian film, `Heaven on Earth`, for which she was awarded the Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival.

In addition to acting, Zinta has written a series of columns for BBC News Online South Asia, is a regular stage performer, and along with ex-boyfriend `Ness Wadia`, co-owns the IPL cricket team - Kings XI Punjab. She is known in the Indian media for expressing her opinions openly and consequently has sparked the occasional controversy. These controversies include her being 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.

In 2013, Preity made her debut as her producer in 'Ishkq in Paris' under her home production PZNZ Media. She also starred in the film alongside television actor Rhehan Malleik a.k.a. Gaurav Chanana who also made his Bollywood debut with the movie.