Preity Zinta (born 1975) is an Indian film actress. She has appeared in
Hindi films of Bollywood, as well as Telugu and English-language movies.
After graduating with a degree in criminal psychology, Zinta made her acting
debut in Dil Se in 1998 followed by a role in Soldier the same year. These
performances earned her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award, and she was
later recognised for her role as a teenage single mother in Kya Kehna
(2000). She subsequently played a variety of character types, and in doing
so has been credited with changing the image of a Hindi film heroine. Zinta
received her first Filmfare Best Actress Award 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: the science fiction film
Koi... Mil Gaya, her biggest commercial success, and the star-crossed
romance Veer-Zaara, which earned her critical acclaim. She was later noted
for her portrayal of independent, modern Indian women in Salaam Namaste and
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, top-grossing productions in overseas markets. These
accomplishments have established her as a leading actress of Hindi cinema.
In addition to movie acting, Zinta has written a series of columns for BBC
News Online South Asia, is a regular stage performer, and along with
boyfriend Ness Wadia she is a co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket
team Kings XI Punjab.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine
troops stormed the city of Aleppo, recovering the tattered tunic of John the
Construction of the Plymouth Colony, an English colonial venture in what is
today Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA, began two days after the first landing
party arrived at the site.
A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, was
first published. The poem was later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore.
The transistor, invented by John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William
Shockley, was first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
The Nicaraguan capital of Managua was struck by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake,
killing more than 10,000.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
with bated breath (adv) (idiomatic) Eagerly; with great anticipation.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I think we should be very clear on this... this country was founded on the
principles of the Enlightenment... It was the idea that people could talk,
reason, have dialogue, discuss the issues. It wasn't founded on the idea
that someone would get struck by a divine inspiration and know everything
right from wrong. I mean, people who founded this country had religion, they
had strong beliefs, but they believed in reason, in dialogue, in civil
discourse. We can't lose that in this country. We've got to get it back.