Preity Zinta was born on 31st January 1975 in Shimla.

Her dad Durganand Zinta was a Indian Army veteran. He passed away in a car accident when Preity was only 13.

Her mother Nilprabha Zinta was also a part of the accident and was bed ridden for two years after it!

Preity has two brothers. One elder Deepankar and one younger Manish.

She attended the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in Shimla and later went to The Lawrence School, Sanawar.

She joined St. Bede's College in Shimla and graduated in English Honors. She has a post graduate degree in Criminal Psychology from New Delhi.

Preity got her first break in a TV commercial for Perk chocolate. A director who she met at a friend's party convinced her to take up acting.

Preity went on to become really popular as the Liril girl when she acted in a TV commercial for the soap.

Preity and Hrithik were slated to debut together in a film called Ta Ra Ram Pum which got shelved.

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