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With her spectrum of contemporary roles that helped change the image of a Hindi film heroine, Preity Zinta has been a game-changer alright. Her contribution to humanitarian causes and in the field of cricket are further add-ons to the profile of this powerhouse actor! Vivacious, perky and absolutely fearless, Preity Zinta has often been dubbed as ‘the only man’ in the industry. Wishing the dimpled super star a happy 42nd birthday!
Here, we list down six of her most memorable roles…
Kya Kehna (2000)
Hers was an author-backed role of Priya Bakshi, a teenaged girl who becomes a single mother. A sensitive movie handling a sensitive issue marked her arrival as a sensitive actor who could pull off a movie single-handedly. The film won her a nomination at the Filmfare Awards for the Best Actor in a Leading Role (Feamle) Category.
Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
As Shalini with those wild curls, Preity looked fresh and modish in the cult film. She masterfully portrayed the act of today’s girl wavering between naiveté and self-assertion. Jaane kyun remains an anthem for Preity fans!
Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
She played Naina Catherine Kapoor and made us laugh, cry, connect and love… Her chemistry with both Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan was crackling! The 10/10 performance made her bag the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) category.
Veer Zaara (2004)
Directed by Yash Chopra in the cross-border romance opposite Shah Rukh Khan… PZ as Zaara Hayat Khan played the royal rebel with grace and dignity. The movie went on to become the highest grosser of 2004 and bagged the Filmfare Award for the Best Film. Zinta also got nominated for the Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) category.
Salaam Namaste (2005)
Essaying the role of a radio jockey, Preity gave an accomplished performance as Ambar Malhotra who is fiercely independent and yet sentimental. It was easy to fall in love with her character and that’s exactly why she fetched her fifth Filmfare Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) nomination.
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006)
A movie way ahead of its times touched the topic of infidelity in a delicate way. Preity Zinta played Rhea Saran, the fashion editor of a leading magazine who is career-oriented, ultra-voguish and a loving wife and mother. And yet behind all this she portrayed the vulnerability of a woman who’s let down by her man. She won the Filmfare nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female).