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Actress Preity Zinta turns 39

Posted on Jan 31 2014 | IBNS

Mumbai, Jan 31 : B-town's bubbly actress Preity Zinta, who has now become a producer, entrepreneur and social activist, turned 39 years of age on Friday.

The former model from Himachal Pradesh was first spotted in the Liril soap commercial.

After graduating with a degree in criminal psychology, Preity made her acting debut in the film 'Dil Se..' in 1998 followed by a lead role in 'Soldier' the same year.

Her performances bagged Preity a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, and she was also acclaimed for her role as a teenage single mother in 'Kya Kehna' (2000).

She started playing a diverse range of characters for her film roles, and her depiction of screen persona contributed to a change in the concept of a Hindi film heroine.

Preity delivered a number of successful films including 'Videsh - Heaven On Earth', 'The Last Lear', 'Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna', 'Veer Zaara', 'Lakshya', 'Kal Ho Naa Ho', 'Koi Mil Gaya', 'Dil Chahta Hai', and 'Salaam Namaste'.

She received a Filmfare Award for Best Actress in 2003 for her performance in the film 'Kal Ho Naa Ho'.

Her first international film role was in 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.

Besides films, Preity made her small screen debut in 2011 with 'Guinness World Records-Ab India Todega'.

She is the founder of the production company PZNZ Media, and along with ex-boyfriend Ness Wadia, she is also the co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kings XI Punjab.

The actress is not only a brave businessman but has never refrained from public speaking, which led her testify against the Indian mafia during the 2003 Bharat Shah case. Following her testimony, she was awarded the Godfrey Phillips National Bravery Award.

Preity has two films coming up - 'Happy Ending' and 'Hello India'.

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