Punjab Kings Owner Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia and Mohit Burman won the ownership rights for Mohali based team when Indian Premier League was launched. The team was later named as ‘Kings XI Punjab’ and the group had paid $76 million to acquire the franchise, and in 2021 renamed to ‘Punjab Kings’
Preity Zinta was always passionate about cricket and she believes herself to be a good luck charm for her team. She has been part of launching the ticket sales and various promotions for the team. Zinta tries to attend maximum matches from the ground when her team is playing. Preity Zinta also became an owner of a couple of other T20 franchise teams across the globe like Stellenbosch Kings in South Africa’s T20 Global League & St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League.
Bollywood actress Preity Zinta was born on 31st January 1975 in Shimla. She belongs to a Rajpoot family and her father was an Indian Army officer. He died in an unfortunate car accident when Preity Zinta was only 13 years old. Her mother was involved in the accident and was injured badly. Such an early demise of her father forced her to take rapid strides in life at a young age.
Preity Zinta went to the Convent of Jesus and Mary boarding school in Shimla. During her school days, she was very impressed by the creations of William Shakespeare. She developed a strong liking towards literature and decided to pursue a degree in English honours from St. Bede’s college in Shimla. She also completed her post-graduation with a degree in criminal psychology. After all that, she decided to take modelling as her career option.
Preity Zinta’s first assignment was a television commercial with Perk chocolates. After that commercial, she went with her friend for an audition at Shekhar Kapur’s office. The director insisted her to give an audition too and after seeing her audition, he was impressed. As a result, Shekhar Kapur decided to hand her the debut in Tara Rum Pum Pum opposite Hrithik Roshan but the shooting of the film was cancelled, unfortunately. However, Shekhar Kapur recommended her for Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se.., which became her debut release.
Preity Zinta started shooting for Kundan Shah’s Kya Kehna and Soldier earlier but both the films got delayed. She also acted in a couple of Telugu films afterwards opposite to Mahesh Babu. Shortly after that, her performance in Tanuja Chandra’s Sangharsh received an amazing response from the film fraternity. Preity Zinta was on her way to become a high-demand actress in the Bollywood industry after that hit.
The graph of Preity Zinta skyrocketed during the period of 2000 to 2006. She worked with almost all the top tier actors and directors. Her successful projects included the likes of Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Mission Kashmir, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Farz, Dil Chahta Hai, Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke, Dil Hai Tumhaara, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Armaan, Koi… Mil Gaya, Salaam Namaste, Jaan-E-Mann, etc. After 2007, she worked only towards the art films and tried to give another wing to her career. After a sabbatical, she made her comeback in a romantic comedy named as Ishkq in Paris in the year 2013.
In other works apart from films, Preity Zinta was a column writer for BBC News Online South Asia during 2004-05. She has done various world tours and stage performances with high-profile names of the industry. She made her television debut in 2011 as the host for the show Guinness World Records – Ab India Todega. She also judged the seventh season of dance reality show Nach Baliye in 2015.
Full Name: Preity G Zinta
Preity Zinta Nickname: PZ
Preity Zinta Father Name: Late Durganand Zinta (Army officer)
Preity Zinta Mother Name: Nilprabha Zinta
Sisters’ Names: NA
Brother: Deepankar Zinta & Manish Zinta
Preity Zinta Birthday: 31st January, 1975
45 Years (as on September 2020)
Place of Birth: Shimla, India
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Preity Zinta Husband Age: NA
Shekhar Kapur (Director), Marc Robinson (Actor & Model), Ness Wadia (Businessman)
Preity Zinta Residence: San Francisco
Education: Graduate (English Honours), Postgraduate (Criminal Psychology)
School: Convent of Jesus and Mary Boarding school, Shimla
College: St. Bede’s College, Shimla
Hobbies: Dancing, Reading, Writing
162 cm/ 5’4”
Preity Zinta Weight: 52 Kg
Eye Colour: Light Brown
Hair Colour: Brown
Preity Zinta Figure, Body Measurements: 32-26-32
Favourite Food: Kadhi Chawal, Khatti Himachali dal
Favourite Actors: Amir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Guru Dutt
Favourite Colour: Electric Blue
Favourite Perfumes: Valentino & Roberto Cavalli
Favourite Destinations: Greece, New Zealand & Vienna
Favourite Car: Lexus LX 470
Favourite Film: Titanic
Preity Zinta Twitter: @realpreityzinta