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One of the most popular actresses of Bollywood, Preity Zinta is celebrating her birthday on January 31, 2022. The dimpled beauty who has time and again won hearts with her performances is currently on a break and is enjoying her married life with husband Gene Goodenough. The couple have recently welcomed twins via surrogacy.

Preity Zinta had marked her Bollywood debut with Mani Ratnam’s 1998 film Dil Se. She won hearts with her performance, fans were blown over by her beauty in Diya Jale song. Her sizzling chemistry with SRK left fans enchanted. Preity earned a Filmfare nomination for Best Supporting Actress for it.

The Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna star has many blockbusters to her credit namely Kya Kehna, Sangharsh, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Dil Chahta Hai, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Koi… Mil Gaya, Veer-Zaara to name a few.

Here are seven iconic characters of the dimpled beauty that will be forever etched in your hearts:

Reet Oberoi – Sangharsh

Preity Zinta as Reet Oberoi in Tanuja Chandra’s Sungharsh left us impressed. The actress played the role of a CBI officer who is searching for the culprit behind the series of child abductions. To nab the culprit she seeks help from a prisoner Professor Aman Verma (Akshay Kumar). The movie left a mark on the viewer’s thanks to Preity and Akshay Kumar amazing chemistry.

Priya Bakshi – Kya Kehna

Priya Bakshi is a happy go lucky girl who falls for college mate Rahul who soon dumps her for brighter prospects. Things become tougher when Priya realises that she is pregnant. She decides to have the child and has to face rejection not only from her family but society too for her decision. Preity Zinta left viewers impressed with her portrayal of a young girl in love to an unwed mother standing strong in face of adversity.

Shalini – Dil Chahta Hai

After losing her parents at a very early age, Shalini is adopted by her father’s business partner. She soon falls in love with Akash. But to keep her adopted family happy gets engaged to Rohit, the son of her father’s business partner. Once again Preity was loved for her performance.

Naina – Kal Ho Na Ho


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Naina Catherine Kapur is one of the most popular roles played by Preity Zinta. Naina as a pessimistic, uptight MBA student, who lives with her family in New York leads a dull life till Aman Mathur (Shah Rukh Khan) enters her life. Aman did not just make Naina learn how to live life to the fullest but also made her believe in love.

Ambar Malhotra – Salaam Namaste

Ambar Malhotra goes to Melbourne, Australia to study Medicine. She meets Nikhil Arora a chef and the duo soon fall in love. Things get a little complicated when they decide to go ahead with the pregnancy. The film teaches us is that falling in love is easy but sticking to the relationship is a challenge.

Nisha Malhotra – Koi Mil Gaya


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Preity Zinta as Nisha Malhotra is quite taken by Rohit. Things take a magical turn with the entry of alien Jaadu. How Rohit from a boy with a child’s nature turns into a responsible adult with immense intelligence and strength and how Nisha is there for him at each turn of his life is the crux of the story. The movie ends with Nisha and Rohit finally getting married and living happily.

Zaara Hayaat Khan – Veer Zaara

Preity Zinta played the role of the Pakistani woman Zaara Hayat Khan, who hails from a powerful political family. The movie was all about when Zara meets an Indian Air Force pilot (Shah Rukh Khan) and falls in love with him. The movie showcased that love does not consider boundaries and also true love is eternal.

Here’s wishing a very happy birthday to Preity Zinta

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