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A rising star on the Bollywood scene, Preity Zinta was born Jan. 31, 1974, in Simla, India. A model and TV news anchor while working toward her criminal psychology degree at Bombay University, Zinta became well known in India thanks to her Liril ad campaign.

One of those taking notice was director Shekhar Kapoor, who announced that Zinta would be his next leading lady. Although that film never materialized, Zinta did make her debut in 1998's hit From the Heart. For that performance, she was voted Best Newcomer at India's prestigious 1998 Filmfare Awards.

Her subsequent string of hits included Soldier, Kya Kehna, Dil Chahta Hai, Koi Mil Gaya, Kal Ho Naa Ho and Dil Hai Tumhaara. She has appeared alongside the biggest names in Bollywood, such as Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, John Abraham and Rani Mukherjee.

Preity Zinta in Dil Se

Dil Se

1998 NR

While on an interview assignment for All-India Radio, Amar Varma meets Meghna, the woman of his dreams. But in spite of Amar's repeated efforts to get close to her, the mysterious Meghna stubbornly rejects him. But why? The crestfallen Amar returns home to Delhi and consents to a family-arranged marriage. But then the enigmatic Meghna suddenly reappears, and Amar discovers that she's a suicide bomber whose mission is just one day away.

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