Preity Zinta Birthday special: 10 performances by the actress that make us miss her on celluloid
Bollywood actress Preity Zinta has turned 44 today. The bubbly girl of Bollywood has impressed millions of hearts through her outstanding performances in her career spanning almost two decades. Preity Zinta is known for her stellar performances in movies such as ‘Veer Zaara’, ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’, ‘Sangharsh’ and ‘Dil Chahta Hai’.
Preity Zinta, who kept herself away from the silver screen for many years, received the Filmfare Award for the Best Actress in 2003 for her outstanding performance in the ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’. Notably, Preity is among the Bollywood actresses, who have worked with all the three Khans of Bollywood — Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan. Apart from Khans, Preity has also worked with leading stars including Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, Sunny Deol and Akshay Kumar.
On the occasion of Preity Zinta’s 44th Birthday, we will introduce you with her 10 phenomenal and memorable performances that helped her to establish herself in the tinsel town. We take you down the memory lane with 10 of her memorable performances.
Here is a list of Preity Zinta’s Memorable Performances
The bubbly girl of Bollywood had only 20 minutes of role in ‘Dil Se..’ but she left an everlasting impact on the Bollywood industry. Preity made her debut in a supporting role in the film which featured Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha Koirala in lead roles. Due to her commendable role, Preity Zinta was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.
‘Sangharsh’ is a psychological thriller Hindi film which starred Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta and Ashutosh Rana in lead roles. In the film, Preity plays the role of Reet Oberoi, a CBI officer who falls in love with a prisoner (Akshay Kumar). Even though the film did not perform well at the box office window, her performance was critically acclaimed.
In ‘Kya Kehna’, Preity Zinta plays the role of a teenage mother who fights social prejudice. It earned her several award nominations, including her first nomination for Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards. The film featured Saif Ali Khan as a leading actor. It is one of the highest grossing Hindi films of 2000, which helped Preity to establish her career in the film industry. Preity’s role in the film remains to be one of her best performances on the silver screen.
Directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, ‘Mission Kashmir’ featured Sanjay Dutt, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Jackie Shroff and Mohsin Memon in main roles. The story of the film revolves around terrorism and the tragedy of kids suffering from war. Despite being released on the same date as ‘Mohabbatein’, it did perform well at the box office window and became the second biggest domestic grosser of 2000.
‘Dil Chahta Hai’:
Directed by Farhan Akhtar, ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ is an Indian comedy film which featured Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta in lead roles. The film was widely appreciated for its realistic portrayal of Indian youth and urban lifestyle. Preity’s performance in the film was liked by both audiences and critics alike. She played the role of Aamir Khan’s love interest in the film.
‘Koi… Mil Gaya’:
The sci-fi film ‘Koi… Mil Gaya’ was directed by Rakesh Roshan, who featured his son Hrithik Roshan and Preity in the lead roles. In the film, Preity essayed the role of Nisha, a young woman who befriends Hrithik, a developmentally disabled young man who comes in contact with an alien. For her performance, she received the Best Actress nomination at the Filmfare Awards.’Kal Ho Naa Ho’:
The year 2003 turned out to be the best for her, as she delivered two consecutive hits ‘Koi… Mil Gaya’ and ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’. In the film, Preity portrayed the role of Naina Catherine Kapur, the straight-haired and MBA student, who falls in love with Shah Rukh Khan, who has fatal heart disease. For her performance, she was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
It is a romantic drama directed by Yash Chopra and his son Aditya Chopra. The story of the film revolves around an Indian Air Force Pilot (Shah Rukh) and Pakistani woman (Preity Zinta), who belong to an influential family of Lahore. They both got separated for 22 years. Portraying the role of Zaara, a role which required her to master the nuances of Urdu, she received her fourth Filmfare Best Actress nomination.
Directed by Siddharth Anand and produced by Aditya Chopra and Yash Chopra under the Yash Raj Films banner, ‘Salaam Namaste’s story deals with a contemporary couple, who live in a live-in relationship and their subsequent struggles with an unexpected pregnancy. Preity essayed the role of a strong-headed female protagonist which was applauded by critics and audience alike.
‘Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna’:
It’s a musical romantic star-studded drama, directed by Karan Johar and produced under the Dharma Productions banner. It featured Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji and Kirron Kher. In the film, Preity Zinta portrayed the role of Rhea Saran, an ambitious fashion magazine editor. The film turned out to be a blockbuster at the time of its release. The film was screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival.