Born in Shimla, native of Rohru, after earning a degree in criminal psychology, Zinta began her career as a model, television anchor, and commercial (ad films) actress (she was seen in Lyril (soap) ad film) before breaking into cinema in 1998 with her role in Dil Se, for which she won the Filmfare Sensational Debut Award.
In 2003, Zinta had two smash hits films, Koi… Mil Gaya and Kal Ho Naa Ho. She is currently among the most successful actresses in Bollywood, having made it without any relation to the industry. In the year of 2003, she won many awards for her role as “Naina” in the film, Kal Ho Naa Ho. She also won herself another Filmfare Award but this time in the popular award category. Since then she has appeared in two other box office hits (Veer-Zaara and Salaam Namaste).
She joined a group of top stars (Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Rampal, and Priyanka Chopra) in the Temptation 2004 concert, which was a huge international success.